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Posted on Relocate the contractor's saw motor, remounting it below the table

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#1 posted 09-15-2017 10:16 PM

You can do that, but you will lose the ability to set the blade at any angle except 90 degrees.

I had an old craftsman saw and upgraded for the very reason of saving space out from the wall in my garage.

As far as the tension goes, the higher you raise the blade the more tension the belt would have on it. I found that I could stall the blade if it was only raised slightly because the belt would slip on the pulley, but if I raised the blade up more it was close to impossible to stall the blade. So I wouldn’t worry all that much about belt tension being upset if you have a similar hinge mechanism to allow the motors weight to tension the belt.

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