How to Install the Blade on a Black and Decker Power Saw

Or: Cool Tip for a Very Cool Tool

I won’t carry on about what an great cool tool the Black and Decker Power Saw is, because you can visit YouTube, Amazon.com, or anywhere to find glowing reviews.

What you WON’T find, though, are instructions for installing either of the two blades included, although you will find lots of people talking about the trouble they had figuring it out.

(They call one of these blades “large capacity”, but you’d ask someone to hand you “my saw,” and “metal saw,” also known as “the hacksaw I keep meaning to pick up new blades for.“)

I know why you won’t find instructions now, but I will break down and give them to you, because I don’t mind showing you how easy it is, and how dumb I felt overlooking it.

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If you’ve ever watched a toddler sort shapes, and thought to yourself: “that doesn’t look so hard,” then you’re on to the solution already.

Black and Decker wants, for safety reasons, to ensure you LOAD THE BLADES FROM THE BOTTOM.

So do that.

To try to make SURE you do? They’ve sort of engineered a screw so the blade only locks in if you hold the saw upside down, and push the button on the side as the insert the blade.

(Hang in, I know this sounds weird, but if you’ve struggled with this, you know what I mean.)

If you see THIS screw?

Semi-ovoid screw, found on left side of Black & Decker power saw; this needs to fit into the same-shape on the blade.
Semi-ovoid screw, found on left side of Black & Decker power saw; this needs to fit into the same-shape on the blade.

 

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And this hole?

Blade with semi-ovoid hole: see ...? Shape sorting!
Blade with semi-ovoid hole: see …? Shape sorting!

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The trick to this installation is to make SURE these shapes align.

This button — on the right — affects the install & release of the blade. (If the blade doesn't line up? Use a flat-head screwdriver and try again, with the screw perpendicular to the blade hole.
This button — on the right — affects the install & release of the blade. (If the blade doesn’t line up? Use a flat-head screwdriver and try again, with the screw perpendicular to the blade hole.

 

 

 

 

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Then lower the saw into place. I know you’re not supposed to “force” a machine, ever — but trust me. This WILL work.

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You’re welcome.

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