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I know this is going to be a newbie question but here goes:
I was given a RW 10" table saw. It runs, just needed to be greased, cleaned and a new makeup. My question is this: I have other saws and I am puzzled by this ones insert. It just sits there with nothing holding it down (except for the little tit on the end) Is this the way it supposed to be?? It sure rattles. It doesn't look right but that is why I am asking for information.

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A couple of things occur to me - The insert on my table saw has small setscrews to make sure that it sits level and firm on its little base pads - so I'd recommend that you look to see if there are any on yours - possibly filled with sawdust and gunk, if the rest of it is as dirty as you describe.

Alternately, you might be able to drill and tap holes and put in your own levelling setscrews to make it sit flush and pretty. Or maybe one of the set screws fell out, and just needs replacing.

The other question that crosses my mind is if your saw is vibrating too much for other reasons entirely. If you're going to be taking it apart to clean it up, then you should also look at all of the bearings, sheaves, belt and such to make sure they're in good shape. The source of the problem might just reveal itself in the process of taking it apart for cleaning.
 

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Bob:
Thanks for the input. I think you are right in that I am "remodeling it" from top to bottom. However there are no place for the set screws to screw into. just a flat surface, hence the vibrating of the top. I will tap and drill in some.

Thanks again
 
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