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Forum topic by vonfalken posted 08-18-2016 01:26 PM 905 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2016 01:26 PM

good morning,,the trunnion on my delta table saw broke so im thinking about a new saw,,,,any suggestions? i mostly do jewelry boxes keepsake boxes cutting boards and chess boards so my new saw must be accurate,,,,im on a budget lol

-- vonfalken

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#1 posted 08-18-2016 01:39 PM

Accuracy and cheap are mutually exclusive. Sawstop contractor with 30” T glide fence and Incra miter guage.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 08-18-2016 02:56 PM

saw stop just a hobbyist lol…i was thinkin the grizzly for 700 bucks , but i have limited room and its heavy or the porter cable for 300 bucks

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#3 posted 08-18-2016 05:20 PM

I’m nearly 6 months into using an older (1958) Dewalt radial arm saw. If my crosscut were all pretty much under 13” to 16”, and my rips were mostly under 4 feet—I could almost eliminate my table saw. The longer rips would be fine if not for a bad case of “user limitations”. Actually, bevels & miters are more accurate on my RAS than the TS.

Budget—a decent working model MBF can be had for +/- $100 in most of the USA (with a range of free to $500—some people are mighty proud). I’d budget another $100 or less for motor bearings (unless it’s been done in the last 10 years or so) and a new top. For another $35—add Wally Kunkel’s “Mr. Sawdust” RAS book and even I was able to do a great set-up.

I do mostly boxes and such, and when I do I pretty much don’t use my TS. But…I do about 3 cabinets a year and the TS is pretty handy for that.


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#4 posted 08-18-2016 07:46 PM

Can’t fix or replace the trunion?

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#5 posted 08-18-2016 08:05 PM

Can’t fix or replace the trunion?
- Bill White

+1 on fixing it… either finding a replacement or, depending on how it broke, welding it. If you give us a clue as to what model saw you have, then others can help find a solution easier than just guessing. Regardless, I would love to hear just HOW you broke it – those things don’t break easily. Maybe post a picture or two as well.


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#6 posted 08-18-2016 11:57 PM

A new will start north of $500, and may or may not be as accurate as the old one, depending on the specifics of what it is.

I’d buy a decent used full size belt drive contractor or hybrid saw with an induction motor and a good fence. Ridgid, Craftsman, Delta, Jet, PM, Grizzly, Bridgewood, Steel City, etc. Or fix the old one. It’d be good to know what model you have….a used donor saw might be a good source for cheap parts.

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#7 posted 08-19-2016 01:00 AM

Can t fix or replace the trunion?

- Bill White

yeah probably but its so dang heavy must weigh 300 pounds im about due for a new saw

-- vonfalken

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#8 posted 08-19-2016 01:06 AM

ok thanx for all the input, im taking it apart saturday to find the problem,,,hopefully i can fix it i’ll post pics of the problem, i only paid 100 bucks for it three years ago and it camr with a beisemeyr fence and incra miter guage so i guess i got my moneys worth…i was looking at a bosch 4100-09 for 500 bucks

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#9 posted 08-19-2016 09:29 PM

ok i found the problem this is a copy n paste from another forum…..........Apparently, in the world of machining it is very difficult and expensive to produce a part with a perfectly round hole. Getting back to the Delta, when you turn the wheel to raise and lower the blade, this drives a rod which turns inside a shaft that is situated between the wheel and the gearing mechanism. This shaft is not produced with a perfectly round hole. Instead, it is produced with a hole eccentric in shape. I’m not exactly sure what this means, except that its internal roundness is irregular. When the shaft is installed, it is positioned (clockwise/counterclockwise) in such a way as to find its ‘sweet spot’ where the rod passing through it turns without binding. Apparently, when I used the wheel to raise and lower the blade I was lazy about fully loosening the locking nut and friction rotated the shaft out of the optimum position. When I got the trunnion back from repair, I etched a line on the outside of the shaft that recorded the ‘sweet spot’ position. Now I’ll know how to repair this myself. And, of course, I’m now very careful to fully loosen the locking knob before raising and lowering the blade. For some reason, there is no documentation from Delta that my repairman or I could find that delineates this. But at least in my case, this is what finally fixed my saw…...........yup thats the problem too bad it doesnt say how to fix it lol

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#10 posted 08-19-2016 09:43 PM

I’m glad you know what problem is and how to fix it

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