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Forum topic by mjlauro posted 03-20-2008 10:35 PM 1145 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2008 10:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question

Ok here is my problem/question. Its actually three questions. I just recieved my new table saw, I chose the delta hybrid. I was able to make the arbor adjustment and after testing several pieces of scrap, I have found the saw to be tuned properly(all the test cuts are square). Here are my problems:

1. The saw does not pass the “nickel test”
2. The upgraded mitre gauge slides on the table scratching the wings.

So I guess my first questions is how important is the “nickel test”? If the answer is very important, is there a way to help stabalize the machine or motor? The nickel stands on end during start up, but not during shut down.
Question two: is there a way to raise the mitre gauge so the long piece of metal does not slide on the table?This is not a standard gauge.

Finally does anyone know how to alter the blade guard in a way so that you are only using the actual splitter. Basically I want to turn the factory guard into the aftermarket splitter they sell for $140.

I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 03-20-2008 10:51 PM

The nickel test is a way to have some idea how smooth a cut the saw will make – if the saw is vibrating around, the cut will show that vibration. I wouldn’t think vibration would be an issue during shut down because you wouldn’t be cutting during shut down.

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#2 posted 03-20-2008 11:55 PM

For the scratching: Go to the Lee Valley Tools website and order a roll of their low-friction tape to apply to the bottom…no more scratches, and it feels like it’s been waxed. The stuff really works well.

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#3 posted 03-22-2008 03:46 AM

I agree with the other folks on the items you asked. Regarding the splitter I’d recommend buying a Biesemeyer Splitter. I know they aren’t cheap but they are the best investment you can make in my opinion. I’ve never had to “use” it but that’s the beauty of having it…it’s there for all ripping and I wouldn’t rip without it.

Good luck!

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