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Delta Unisaw Blade Height Lock

by Wolfspaw
posted 08-13-2017 10:08 PM

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#1 posted 08-13-2017 10:28 PM

I doubt it is the bullets that have worn down, but the pot metal sleeve (angle pointer bracket) that gets worn down. Over time, and raising/lowering the blade without first loosening up the lock will wear a groove in it – to the point where the locking bullets no longer make sufficient contact. Here is an example showing the inside of the sleeve:

To replace, you need to first remove the crank handle, and then the two screws that hold it on.

Also – I’ve found that the lock isn’t really needed. Mine was missing the lock knobs when I bought it, and I used it without them (both height and tilt) for quite a while without any problems. I did finally machine up my own lock pins that I have in there now, but that was just because I had some spare time and felt like playing with my metal lathe :)


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#2 posted 08-14-2017 03:33 PM

Brad, thanks so much for your help. I removed the pointer bracket sleeve per your instructions. The sleeve is fine…no groove but the bullets are junk. What should be a bullet shaped end is now just a concave semicircle. I have only been able to remove one of them so far…the other must be too deformed to slip out. I’ll probably need to cross drill and tap one side of a metal sleeve with a clearance hole on the other side to create some kind of a jacking bolt to push the bullet out. It’s always something!

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