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Posted on New table saw, questions on general use.

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#1 posted 11-26-2018 04:26 PM

1- Miter slots should be parallel to the blade, and fence should be parallel to miter slots. If not, adjust accordingly. There is no telling what may have happened to the machine in transit.

2- Not sure, but I don’t think the height lock does anything (it’s really just a bevel lock).

3- None. If you have alternative ways that are easier, use them.

4- IMO – make a good sled instead.

5- Your old saw did have safety features when it left the factory, but were most likely taken off and lost over time. Your new saw has the same safety features, although it’s a redesigned splitter, which makes it easier to leave on the machine (and less likely to go missing). As for the blade guard – that is up to you. Some people swear by them, others curse at them.


PS: If you think your 1.5hp craftsman lacked power, then you will most likely think the same about your new saw, which has a bit less. To help with the lack of power, use a thin kerf blade on it.

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