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Posted on Got my first tablesaw (used). What upgrades do you recommend?

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#1 posted 04-07-2018 03:30 PM

Is the fence rocking left/right like its not level or sitting on a crown or does it sit flat in relation to the top of the saw? The fence will be quite loose when unlocked that’s normal, its a cam design that pinches the T fence onto the square steel fence tube at the front of the saw, it just rests on the rear fence rail when clamped.

That’s a newer Baldor motor that upgrade alone was worth a good chunk of what you paid. I would look over how its installed as that would have been a retrofit vs a giant 1940’s motor.

I’d go through the saw cleaning and lubricating, checking all the fasteners to make sure they are tight. Not just due to age and use but because someone has wrenched on the saw at least to do the motor swap. I think your one area of focus should be the arbor bearings. With the belts disconnected give it a spin, does it sound gravely, does it spin forever taking a long time to come to a stop. Both indicators of it may need new bearings.

For Safety – perform a proper setup on the saw. The blade needs to be parallel to the fence AND the miter slot. If for example the far end of the fence is closer to the blade than the front as you push wood through ripping it will put a pinch on the wood between the fence and blade, smoking and burnt edge at a minimum, a catastrophic kick back with the wood smashing you in the face at the other extreme. Check the blade run out, does it turn straight. If not try another blade. Blades can be warped, even brand new $200 high end blades like Forest, I had to return one. I’d start by checking the run out at the arbor with no blade, should be very low ideally less than .001 inch. You will need some decent setup/measuring tools for this. For arbor run out I like a dial indicator that can measure to .0001 but that’s me, an indicator with an accuracy of .0005 or even .001 is probably good enough and certain is good enough for measuring blade run out further out from the arbor e.g. near the blade teeth. Now you can cheap out on a dial indicator $20 for some CHINA fall apart indicator. I buy nothing but Mitutoyo, accurate and will out live you and your grand kids.

For Safety – Keep your brain wired tight when using a table saw. Bad things can happen in a fraction of a second, far faster than you can react your fingers will be HACKED OFF are you hearing me? I still have all my fingers because I ALWAYS maintain awareness of where my hands are in relation to the blade AT ALL TIMES. Before I begin a cut I PLAN where I will emergency exit my hands and body out of the way.

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