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How To Maintain Your DeWalt Table & Miter Saws
Tools such as DeWalt’s DW715 Compound Miter Saw, DW716 Double Bevel Miter Saw, and DW745 Table Saw are a little bit different than most power tools when considering routine maintenance. In most cases, the primary reason for keeping power tools such as drills, sanders, or routers in good condition is so that they’re ready to be used when you’re about to start a project. While that’s one of the reasons for maintaining your power saws, the primary reason is safety as a miter or table saw can be dangerous if used when not in peak operating condition.
Fortunately, DeWalt saws have an outstanding reputation for reliability, safety, and are sold with one of the best warranties in the industry. They come with a 90 day money back guarantee, a one year free service contract, and a three year limited warranty, as well as support from a North America wide network of service centers. The legendary durability of DeWalt tools means you’ll probably never need to take advantage of their warranty program, but to keep your saws working properly and safely you should use this routine maintenance checklist.
Checklist To Keep Your DeWalt Miter and Table Saws In Great Condition
Not only will the following tips keep your saws in excellent condition, but they will also keep them safe:
1. Check the safety features
When your saws haven’t been used for a while, always check the safety features for proper operation before use – these include blade guards and safety interlock trigger systems. They both should function as designed, the middle of a cut is not the time to find out they don’t. You should also check to ensure that your bevel and miter locks on your miter saw are working properly.
2. Check that all bolts and screws are tight
Make a habit of checking all bolts and screws for tightness prior to using your saw. You don’t want anything moving while sawing that isn’t supposed to. Sudden movement, a spinning blade, and fingers are not a good mix.
3. Clean your saw thoroughly after use
A clean saw is a reliable and safe saw. A few blasts of condensed air is a great way to get sawdust out of the cracks and crevices.
4. Lubricate your saw
Use a spray lubricant on moving parts such as your miter saw arm and the mechanism that raises and lowers your table saw blade.
5. Keep your saw in a dry place
Always store your saws in a place that isn’t exposed to moisture of any type – their inner workings including the motors can rust over time.
6. Use sharp blades
Only use sharp blades and the proper blade for the material you’re cutting. Dull blades can put stress on the saw’s motor and may cause your material to kick-back while cutting.
7. Check the power cord
Regularly check the power cord on your saw. A cord with frayed or broken insulation should be replaced before using the saw.
8. If outside, have a tarp close by
While DeWalt miter saws and table saws are portable, they are not as easy to move as smaller power tools. Because of this, you should have a plastic tarp close by when working outside in case of sudden rain.
Always check the operating instructions that come with your DeWalt tools for any required maintenance tasks specific to your model and if anything beyond routine service is required, a phone number or website offering information on how to contact the authorized repair centers is normally provided.