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I took the guard off the 10" Makita Mitre saw (spring loaded)!

Okay, I was changing the blade and rather that consult the manual FIRST, I started by taking off the spring loaded (!) guard. Well, I have the blade on, but the guard is going to be a problem unless other people are as disfunctional as me and this is a common problem.... Do I have to take it to a guru or is it something I may be able to do? I'm pretty mechanical (for a girl), except when it comes to guards on mitre saws.....

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Oh, you got it off. I bet you can put it back on again.
It's much easier if you take the blade off first. Then you'll be able to reach inside when you need to. Be patient, don't force it, and make sure when you get the spring reconnected properly that the guard moves freely out of the way when you chop, and returns when you raise the saw back up.
It's a bit of a trick, but I bet you can manage it..It's been awhile, but it seems to me there's a way to get the bolt started before you engage the tension on the spring...I'd have to have it in my hands to say exactly.
Here's a link to the exploded parts view at the Makita site, just in case. And it might help to have an extra pair of hands, or a piece of duct tape to hold the guard in place when you go to put the blade back on.

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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