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Posted on Leecraft TS insert is making me nervous

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#1 posted 05-21-2019 01:31 PM

Maybe it s nothing but you said

“I spent hours working on the alignment of the blade and it’s about as good as I can get for this type of saw.”

How much is it out at the blade, from the miter slot. Front and back, how far apart are they? What are you using to figure that distance?

I used a Mitutoyo dial indicator that reads .0001” and got the blade to .0003” front to back when referencing the same spot on the blade against the miter slot (indicator was attached to Incra 1000HD). I also bought a Starrett square and got the vertical on the blade as perfect as I visibly can (no light shining through at all, top to bottom). I treated the precision of this saw’s setup like my life depended on it (I’m a bit OCD) so I can honestly say it’s as good as it can get and overall I think it’s pretty damn good.

That said, even if one of those things were off I don’t see how it would matter in this situation. I can do the following -

1) Turn on saw – see a few chips of insert fly out.
2) Turn off saw (no cuts made, blade position not touched)
3) Turn on saw – see a few more chips of insert fly out.

Even if the blade were at an angle, or had some wobble, why wouldn’t it cut the full slot width that orientation required on step #1 such that there was nothing additional to cut on step 3? That’s the part that has me most confused.

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