My new Excalibur EX-21 saw!
Place the upper blade in the holder first.
The blade release is very similar to my DeWalt 788. You use a thumb screw to hold the blade in the holder.
After the top of the blade is in place, it is very easy to position the lower end of the blade into the holder.
Once in position, you tighten the lower thumb screw the same way as you did the upper screw to hold the blade in place.
To set the tension, you need to move the lever from the forward position . . .
. . . . to the back position. This should make the blade quite tight.
Use the knob on the back end of the saw to fine tune and further tighten the tension. This usually only needs to be done once per blade change.
You are then ready to turn the saw on.
Speed adjustment is easy, with the dial controls right up front.
To adjust the angle of the saw, you first loosen the lever in the center of the dial at the base of the saw by turning it counter clockwise.
You are then able to dial your saw to tilt the proper degree angle, either left or right.
It is far easier to cut on a bevel when the saw is tilted instead of the table. You no longer need to fight gravity when turning your piece.
Be sure to use a combination square to bring the blade back to a true 90 degrees after angling the table.
The bracket clip for the light.
The optional magnifier light.
The light installed on the right side of the saw.
View of the light from the front of the saw.