Are Table Saw Blades Reverse Threaded?

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Are Table Saw Blades Reverse Threaded?

Understanding Reverse Threading in Table Saw Blades

First off, let’s clear up some confusion about reverse threading. If your table saw blade tilts to the right, it’s reverse threaded. However, blades that tilt left follow standard threading. No matter the threading or type of blade you have, knowing how to change them is crucial for your safety and the quality of your work.

Join me as we explore reverse threading, selecting the perfect blade, and mastering blade changes.

Deciphering ‘Reverse Threaded’

So, what does ‘reverse threaded’ mean? It’s simple. When something is reverse threaded, it means that its threads run in the opposite direction than usual. Think of it this way: the common “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” applies to standard threads, but reverse threaded items tighten when turned counter-clockwise.

This principle applies to table saw blades too. If the blade tilts to the right, it’s reverse threaded. Remember, a right-tilted blade is on the table’s left side, and a left-tilted blade sits on the right.

Picking the Perfect Blade

Now, let’s talk about choosing the right blade for your project. There are four main types you should know:

  • Flat Top Grind (FTG): Perfect for ripping through wood. These blades have square-shaped teeth, known as rakers, and are ideal for cutting large wood pieces.
  • Alternate Top Bevel (ATB): Known as ‘all-purpose’ blades. Their teeth alternate angles, allowing for versatile cuts. They’re great at steep angles but tend to dull quickly.
  • Combination (ATBR): A hybrid of FTG and ATB, these blades boast 50 teeth, alternating between ATB teeth and a raker. They’re fantastic for both ripping and making clean crosscuts.
  • Triple Chip Grind (TCG): Best for heavy materials like plastic laminate and metals. They have a mix of rakers and chamfered teeth for roughing and cleaning cuts.

Remember, the hook or rake of the teeth is crucial in determining the blade’s performance. Higher angles mean less pressure needed, while zero or negative rakes prevent self-feeding. Choose based on your project’s requirements, considering the finish and material you’re working with.

Step-by-Step: Changing Your Table Saw Blade

Now, let’s get to the heart of the matter: changing your table saw blade safely and efficiently. Here’s what you need to do:


  • Ensure the table saw is unplugged.
  • Remove the throat plate and blade guard for access. (Consult your manual as this varies).
  • Raise the blade for better access.
  • Locate the arbor and prepare to loosen the nut and washer.
  • Grab a wrench suitable for your arbor nut.

Removing the Arbor Nut

Different saws require different methods:

  • Two wrench method: Secure the arbor with one wrench and loosen the nut with the other.
  • Arbor lock method: Common in portable saws. Use the arbor lock lever to secure the arbor while loosening the nut with a wrench.
  • Blade-lock method: Use a blade lock accessory to secure the blade, then loosen the nut with a wrench.
  • Wrench and woodblock method: Press a block of wood against the blade to keep it in place while loosening the nut with your wrench.

Changing the Blade

  • Remove the washer and old blade.
  • Position the new blade with teeth facing you.
  • Replace the washer and nut.
  • Secure the nut in reverse of how you loosened it.

Table: Key Details of Changing Table Saw Blades

Aspect Details
Reverse Threading Right-tilted blades are reverse threaded.
Blade Types FTG, ATB, ATBR, TCG
Hook/Rake Angle of teeth; important for cutting efficiency.
Changing Process Unplug, remove parts for access, raise blade, loosen nut, change blade.
Arbor Nut Removal Two wrench, arbor lock, blade-lock, wrench and woodblock methods.

Are Table Saw Blades Reverse Threaded?

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