table saw bevel

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Blog entry by 3285jeff posted 09-13-2013 08:16 AM 1453 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just changed motors on my craftsman table saw,,,when I turn the crank to adjust the bevel I can turn it about 30 degrees,,i believe the weight of the motor is stoping me from being able to turn it any further,,i have taken the long screw out that adjust the bevel and cleaned it and checked to make sure it wasn’t bent,,,,any suggestions,,,do they make a motorized adjustment that you can add on,,,

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#1 posted 09-13-2013 01:09 PM

Just a thought from my limited engineering brain but if weight is the problem, if you had an outfeed table it would be really easy to mount a pulley underneath the table top and attach a weight through the pulley to the motor somehow. That would help relieve some of the load from the mounts. I would think the pulley mounted above where the motor will sit when it’s at 45 would be good placement to relieve the pressure. You won’t be able to go directly above the motor though cause you’ll need a free area for the counterweight to travel up and down. But as close as possible would be good to pull the motor straight up instead of pulling at an angle. If you can track down an old counterweight from an old school window you’d be in business. I used to have windows like that at my last house and those suckers are heavy!

Keep us updated on what you figure out!

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#2 posted 09-13-2013 05:57 PM

Look for interferences. As the arbor assembly tilts, there objects on the back of said assembly that can hit the table top or the fence or fence rails. You might get a helper to crank the tilt while you watch the back of the saw.

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#3 posted 09-13-2013 08:13 PM

I had a similar problem once. The motor was striking something. Check the back of the saw for interference.

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#4 posted 10-06-2014 02:37 PM

I had the same trouble on my craftsman table saw,,;,it was nearly impossible to go to 45 degrees,,,,i took the screw out and let a friend put it on a metal lathe to see if it was bend,,,it wasnt,,so i went to the trundle itself to see how free it was,,,it wasnt,,,,i kept working with the trundle by hand till it moved freely without the screw,,,then sprayed wd 40 in the trundle groove itself and replaced the screw and it moves as free as a bird,,,,my friend also suggested that if it didnt,,,to put some lappping compound on the screw,,,,it would actually help renew the threads on the screw,,,,hope this helps

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