Vintage Porter Cable Circular Saw
Hello all, I am new to these forums and I actually learned of them from a customer service representative from Porter Cable. I've had the opportunity to briefly browse and this is just an awesome website and I'm thrilled to get to be a part of it now.
My first post is a HELP! post. I have a vintage Porter Cable Circular Saw from approx. the 1950's. It was given to me by my grandfather so it has great sentimental value, but I also do use it for my home projects. I'm currently working on building some closets, and needed to switch to a fine tooth blade to cut melamine board. I was living in an apartment for the past couple of years, so the saw was locked up in my shed and I have not used it.
I CANNOT get the blade off, nor can I locate a spindle lock (if it even exists). I have successfully removed and changed blades in the past with this saw, but it has been a couple of years and I have completely forgotten. I tried for over an hour today to do so, I even was on the phone with a rep from Porter Cable for over an hour (they don't even have this model in their system). I uploaded some pictures, and I also included a picture to show how I attempted to change the blade. Although I can hold the blade still with the clamp, I cannot loosen the bolt, when I turn the hex wrench it just rotates the arbor even though the blade stays stationary.
For some reason I feel like there was a way to lock the spindle because I did it a few years ago. Any help with be GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thanks in advance