Jigsaw: can't release snapped blade

16 Mar 2005
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United Kingdom
I have a McCallister jigsaw. Bought from B and Q, reduced from 50 to 25 pounds. So it's not a complete el-cheapo unit.
Cutting a worktop at the weekend, the jigsaw blade snapped off *right at the top*. I am unable to eject the remaining fragment of blade left in the blade holder.
The jigsaw has a fiddly loading mechanism. To remove a blade, you have to push a spring-loaded bit holder back with one hand, then pull the blade out from the recess with your other hand.
Any ideas on how to get this bit fragment out?
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wd40 the clamp turn the saw the tight way up open the clamp fully an hit the base plate firmly with something heavy but soft like a mallet or hammer handle covered in rubber

the idea is the blade is knocked loose by the recoil

failing that try and drill a few mm into the blade with a 2mm drill bit but be very carefull not to dammage the clamping mechanism
Could you try gripping the stub of the blade with a pair of needle nose pliers, or better still, haemostats (locking forceps)?

Then press the release mechanism while pulling the remains of the blade out with the tool.
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