How to Remove a Stuck Blade on a Sawzall Hatchet

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Things You'll Need

  • Brush

  • Compressed air

  • Pliers

The Sawzall Hatchet by Milwaukee is useful for many projects around the house. Whether it is cutting holes in drywall or cutting through nails when replacing door sill, the Hatchet makes quick work of cutting projects that standard saws cannot accomplish. Sometimes when working, debris compacts around the blade area and causes the blade to become stuck. Removing a stuck blade on a Sawzall Hatchet most often is a matter of cleaning the blade attachment area.


Step 1

Unplug the Sawzall Hatchet power cord and place the tool on its right side on a flat work surface. Allow the blade to cool for five minutes, if you are currently using the saw. The cutting friction causes the blade to heat up.

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Step 2

Remove any dust or debris around the clamp and collar of the Sawzall with a brush or compressed air. The collar is between the front body of the tool and the show surrounding the blade. Compacted debris is usually what causes the blade to become stuck.


Step 3

Twist the collar toward the right of the tool and hold the collar with one hand. Press the tool body against the flat surface with the heel of your hand that is holding the collar. This prevents the tool from moving while pulling out the stuck blade.

Step 4

Grasp the blade with a pair of pliers in your free hand. Pull the blade straight out of the Sawzall Hatchet. Jiggle the blade up and down with the pliers if necessary until the blade comes out of the saw. Release the collar once you remove the blade.

Step 5

Spray the inside of the collar where the blade installs with compress air. This removes compacted debris that causes the blades to stick.


If the blade is broken and you cannot grab it with pliers, hook the teeth of the broken blade with the teeth of a thin metal cutting blade. This might take several attempts, but the stuck broken blade will come out. Periodically clean the area between the front of the tool and the blade when working. This helps prevent compacted debris and dust from causing the blade to stick.


Wear leather work gloves and eye protection when removing blades or working with the Sawzall Hatchet.


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