After searching high and low for the answer to my question and finding very little help online, much less pictures of how to do this I thought I would post this here for anyone searching for help.
I was changing the blade in my Ryobi miter saw this morning and what should have been a 5 minute job turned into a 1 hour+ job! In order to change the blade there is a little screw in the side of the metal blade housing that needs removed. Now, you don’t remove the center screw. Nope. Not that one…the other one that is off to the side around 2:00 from the center of the blade housing. That one. If you do the middle screw get ready for an hour+ of fun!
Needless to say I removed the center screw. When I did this little spring fell out and I had no idea what I was up against. So here is what you do.
First make sure the saw is off. Next remove the blade. This is done by loosening the screw mentioned above and sliding the plate up and out of the way so you can remove the screw that attaches the blade. This screw is threaded backwards.
The spring has two prongs on it. In the picture you can see the inner prong is in the hole around 6:00 and the outer prong is sticking up at 2:00. The inner prong goes into a little hole in the inner side of the circle at the center of the plastic guard. The outer prong goes into the metal blade housing on the outside of the saw itself. That last part is the tricky part.
Here is the hole in the saw the outer prong goes into (6:30).
To do that more easily (this was not easy at all until I figured it out) I removed the little black rubber guard stop on the saw itself (not the one on the plastic guard) to allow more play in getting the guard in a position to get the little prong in the hole on the saw. Here is that little guard. You will have to hold the nut with pliars and use a Philips screwdriver.
The first few times I was able to use a pair of needle nose pliars to put the prong in the hole on the saw. Remember, before you do that you first have to put the inner prong into the little hold on the plastic guard so that the entire spring sits down inside the circle on the plastic guard.
After a few tries I was able to not even use pliars and just shift the guard enough, line the prong up with the hole on the saw and push it directly in. Then you have to hold it tight while you bring the arm over with the silver circle on it that holds the guard against the saw.
Next you put the black screw up in the metal guard and out the screw hole, through the plastic guard and the metal circle and then put on the washer and nut. If you over tighten the guard won’t go up and down so you have to play with the tightness of that nut.
Last, in order for this to work the three notches in the metal circle on the little black arm that swings over from the back of the saw have to match up with the three corresponding spots on the plastic guard. That allows the spring to have tension. Here are the three notches lined up.
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