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Frequently Asked Questions

Because the Knew Concepts hand saw represents such a radical change from what has been traditional in the sawing world, I have encountered a series of questions. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I have built this section around images, videos, and flowcharts.

Take a few moments to go through the answers to common questions below, and I believe that your questions will be answered. All of the answers are the result of questions that I received either by email, or phone, and other than a few relating to my choice of color, I feel that this pretty much takes care of concerns expressed by you. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please contact us at knewconcepts@yahoo.com.

Enjoy sawing.

Lee (the saw guy)

Which saw is right for me?
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Which saw is right for me?

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Adjusting the screw clamp
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How to properly install and tension the blade.

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Adjusting the screw clamp
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Adjusting the screw clamp.

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Correct Alignment
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Correct alignment.

Because the anvil screw can be moved from one side to the other for those left handed folks out there, alignment of it is important. This cut-away provides you with an excellent visual of what is going on inside the blade clamp. When properly aligned, the blade will go in easily, and when the clamp knob is tightened, the blade will stay straight.

Correct Alignment
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End of blade.

The end of the blade is stopped by touching the threads at the bottom of the blade hole. As you can see, the blade is gripped at the very end. The tension knob must be relaxed before tightening the clamp knob.

Correct Alignment
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Obvious Mis-alignment.

This shows an extreme example of the anvil screw out of adjustment. As you tighten the clamp knob, notice blade movement. If it wants to angle to one side or the other, the anvil screw must be adjusted. Use a 5/64" hex key to adjust it.

Correct Alignment
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Anvil screw out too far.

This shows what causes bent or broken ends. Adjust for correct alignment.

Correct Alignment
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Blade length.

After clamping the blade in the lower clamp, the loose end of the blade should extend beyond the upper anvil screw. This makes sure that the blade will be clamped properly before tensioning.

Correct Alignment
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Bowed blade before tensioning.

This image shows the bowing of the blade after inserting into the clamp. This must occur to ensure proper clamping of the blade.

Correct Alignment
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Tensioning.

This shows what the black knurled knob under the spring is for. This is how tensioning of the blade occurs. The knob must be unwound each time to release tension. After clamping a new blade, wind the knob to increase tension.

Indexing blade instructions
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Indexing Blade Instructions.

View the enlarged image that shows the steps to release the blade tension, how to squeeze and rotate the indexing blade into the your desired postion, and retension the blade.

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