24 Routine Checks When Mounting Blade (In addition to good standard practice and manufactures guidelines).
- When mounting the blade, do it in as dust and wind free conditions as possible, avoid placing the blade on the ground. Make sure to tighten firmly and use the correct procedure and tools to stop the blade from rotating when tightening. To use your hand only is incorrect to stop the blade from rotating. Use the blade lock mechanism within the saw to stop rotating when tightening. - When transporting the saw by van or other vehicle, it is recommended to remove the blade from the saw. To avoid damage from contact with other machinery; which may untension the blade which can also contribute to segment damage or loss due to fluttering when operating the saw.
- Make sure the blade is suitable for the material you’re cutting.
- Check the blade for any imperfections or tiny stress cracks, signs of glazing, particularly if used before.
- Do check the clamp plates for wear and replace if diameter decreases as per manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Be careful as these plates can become razor sharp, use protective gloves to avoid being cut.
- Never side grind, the saw is designed only as a cut off saw this is very dangerous and very common.
- Clean any residue of hard glue from previous blades which may have transferred during use with heat. This can be done with wire wool, sandpaper or stiff wire brush, make sure to clean to bare metal.
- Never start cutting at a face and side corner angle simultaneously, always cut into the main body of the material and then bring the cut within the cut to the face edge. This will reduce the chance of dangerous kick back energy.
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