Left-Tilt Delta Unisaw Model 36-842 - Tilt Won't Lock

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Blog entry by Dan Kugel posted 03-10-2017 05:39 PM 1072 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I have a 15-20 year old Delta left-tilt Unisaw table saw. The tilt mechanism works well and easily adjusts with the hand wheel. The lock wheel also turns freely, but when it is turned down and tightened, you can still turn the hand wheel. That means that’s wood passes through the saw, any vibration or forces between the fence and blame can affect the degree of tilt. I went to my local Woodcraft store where I purchased the saw and the owner/manager explained that Delta is basically out of business, there were no Delta Service Centers any more so he then jumped at trying to sell me a new tablesaw.

Has anyone had this problem and do you know how I can get the tilt lock to work again?

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#1 posted 03-10-2017 08:36 PM

The sale person was possibly refering to the fact Delta was sold to China and is now manufactured and supplied to various retailers as different brand names dependent on the colour scheme each product it painted.

Otherwise Shiraz Balolia may be looking closely at returning the brand back to the USA so you guys can get on with business in the USA as was in the past. I am thinking maybe set up in Detroit?

More importantly the tilt lock mech possibly needs a good compressed air blow out or dismantling as I suspect there may be 15 or 20 candles prohibiting the friction lock from working correctly.
If upon dismantling you find a mechanicaal problem with the wedge most of the parts may be interchangable.

-- Regards Rob

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