When I bought my new Grizzly 17" band saw first part of September, I also bought a couple of 1" Timber Wolf blades. Today, I changed out the 1" blade for the first time. Installing the 1" blade the first time was done by the instructions and it was a royal pain in the buttocks. All the wiggling and jiggling and sometimes cutting your hands. Hmmmph. So, I decided there had to be an easier way. The blade slot runs off to the side of the blade so that's why there is all that hassle with a large width blade. I am sure a 1/2" is no problem. So, after pondering for a few minutes I decided it would be a whole lot easier to just take the table off, then do the r&r on the blade. Oh, Yeah!!! Lots easier. The table is cast iron so not overly heavy but does weigh a few pounds. Getting the bolt back into the table was not too bad after a little wiggling around, and then all went back just fine. I think the whole process took me about 1/2 hour. Might seem a bit long, but I also did a couple of fine adjustments to the guides while I was at it. So all in all, that is to me the way to get it done. Hopes this might help a couple or so who might be having the same problem.