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Got a Craftsman 5 1/2 in circular saw that just started to make a grinding noise. Upon examining the blade, I noticed that it binds when I hand turn it on the shaft. I assume that this binding is associated with the grinding noise. I've had the saw for 15 yrs. and have had no problems. Checked obvious things like a loose or bent blade but all seems fine. I'm thinking maybe bad bearings??? Any suggestions?

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Worn or damaged bearing --brushes worn --

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Is the washer/spacer in the blade too thick and you are perhaps tightening up on that instead of the blade. Also check the threads on the bolt, see if the bolt turns all the way in without the blade in position. It may be jamming up before gripping the blade.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011

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