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How to replace the shaft in a DeWalt reciprocating saw

How to replace the shaft in a DeWalt reciprocating saw
By July 21, 2015 7644 Views

Hello again! Welcome to another Do It Yourself article from all of us here at ToolPartsDirect.com. This time we’re going to show you how to replace the shaft in a DeWalt reciprocating saw.

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Before we start, know this will require dangerous tools and great care should be taken when you use them. Also, make sure the saw is powered off and unplugged.

Tools You Will Need:

Torx Head Screwdriver

Torque Wrench

Propane Gas Cylinder

Torch Igniter

Got all that? Alright, let’s get started!

Step 1:

First, use your screwdriver to unscrew the two screws from the front of the saw.

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Then, remove the shoe and the bracket.

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Step 2:

Once that’s done, remove the boot.

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Step 3:

Take your screwdriver and begin unscrewing the torx screws from the saw’s gearcase cover.

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Step 4:

Now, pop the covers.

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Step 5:

After that’s finished, slide the nuts and line them up over the holes.

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Step 6:

Very carefully, ignite the burner. Then, take the burner and begin applying heat to the nuts to break down the lock tight sealing the screws in place. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOURSELF! Remember, safety first! After applying the heat to the nuts, turn the burner off.

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Step 7:

Take your torque wrench and begin removing the nuts from the gear cover.

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Step 8:

Turn the gearcase cover upside down, and unscrew the torx screws…freeing the saddle and loosening the shaft.

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Step 9:

Remove the old shaft from the cover.

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Step 9:

Remove the old shaft from the cover.

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Step 11:

Time to reassemble the saw! Install the saddle back into gearcase cover.

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Step 11:

Time to reassemble the saw! Install the saddle back into gearcase cover.

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Slide the shaft’s nuts over the holes.

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Use your torque wrench to screw the nuts onto the gearcase.

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Make sure the shaft moves smoothly.

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Step 12:

Now, pick up the tool and line the bearing towards the front of the saw.

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Step 13:

Line up the shaft to fit with the casing. Also, apply a little grease to make sure the tool is lubricated.

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Now, screw on the four torx screws.

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Step 14:

Replace the rubber covers on the gearcase and line up the grooves.

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Once that’s finished, slide the boot onto the tool.

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Step 15:

Take the bracket and insert it into the front of the tool. Line up the holes over one another.

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Also, make sure you can move the lever freely.

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Screw in the screws and replace the shoe.

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Step 16:

Finally, insert the blade into the saw. Make sure the blade release is working properly.

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And there you have it! Hopefully, this article saved you some time and money. Be sure to check out our prior articles here on the blog and keep an eye out for future articles from all of us here at ToolPartsDirect.com.

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