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Reciprocating saw-snapped blade-cannot be removed

I borrowed a neighbors reciprocating saw,a Craftsman 6.5 amp model #900.275020, to cut apart a wooden swingset. The blade became worn and I tried to replace it but couldn't remove the blade even when the hex-head screw used to lock in the blade was completely removed. The neighbor was also stumped. Further attempts at removal eventually led to the blade snapping at the base where it locks in leaving the remainder of the blade still lodged in the locking mechanism. The remaining piece of the blade moves freely within the locking mechnasim. It appears that the small nub in the locking mechanism which goes through the small hole on the blade, thus locking it in, does not retract far enough for the blade to come out even with the hex-head screw completely removed. I had no problem replacing blades the prior day. Any ideas how to remove the "blade stump"as I really don't want to have to buy a new saw for the neighbor.
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  • jamesrphl May 27, 2009

    Thank you very much for the quick response. I will give this a shot first thing in the morning and let you know the outcome.

    Again, many thanks.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    I did some cutting jobs yesterday. I need to continue with the job today. but I wasn't able to insert the saw blade into the blade clamp. it looks like something inside the blade clamp blocking the saw blade? I don't know what happened. It is a new saw which i used only once. I wonder who can give me some advice.



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What I would try is to spray some WD40 on the pin first and then see if you can find a small screwdriver or punch and try pushing the pin in further to release the broken blade. It doesn't sound as though it is anything major, maybe a burr on the side of the pin or possibly rust or debris. DON"T hit the pin because you might damage it or push it in and never get it back out. Looked at a diagram and it appears that they used roll pins to hold the clamp in place so it might be that one is cracked or mushroomed and you might have to drive them out. I suggest that you go to and type in your model number to look at the same diagram.

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