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Forum topic by EBreindel posted 01-29-2017 08:20 PM 4556 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2017 08:20 PM

I purchased this very popular contractor saw yesterday and assembled it. Many have commented on how frustrating the split rail system assembly but my issue is with the steel wings. One of them went on fine -it was level with the cast-iron top. I spent a very long time trying to level the other one with no luck. I am using a 46 straight edge and 36 inch level as a guide. It slightly sags no matter what I do. I don’t want to keep at it with no idea what I’m doing because I don’t want to strip the screws I am in beginning woodworker and seeking advice from the more experienced. Thanks!

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 08:33 PM

Define ‘sags’, and have you attached the wings to the fence rails (which helps support them). And I don’t see why you would be worried about stripping the screws – unless you are really torquing them down for some unknown reason.


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#2 posted 01-29-2017 09:05 PM

Can’t visualize what’s going on, but the side wings are installed but not tightened fully to the cast iron top Then the rails should be installed and leveled to the cast iron top and fully tightened. Then the wings are bolted to the rails but just snug and then adjusted (I used a rubber mallet to tap) flush and level to the cast iron top. Once wings are level and flush to the cast iron top then tighten all wing bolts.

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#3 posted 01-30-2017 03:41 AM

Shims are often required for making wings level.

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#4 posted 01-30-2017 08:29 AM

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There are several threads on this forum covering this issue and also on youtube

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#5 posted 01-30-2017 10:26 AM

Make sure the cast iron mating surface doesn’t have burrs or debris preventing good contact. Get it close, then use some persuasion with a rubber mallet, shim as needed, before tightening the bolts fully.

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#6 posted 01-30-2017 10:39 AM

Thank you. I will try the shims and report back.

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#7 posted 01-31-2017 05:20 PM

Get a good 3-4” machinist square and some feeler gauges, then measure your table and wing edges for square.

If something is really off, see about an exchange, otherwise you can use the feeler gauge to determine how much shim you need.

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#8 posted 02-08-2017 06:35 AM

Have you seen this YouTube video?

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#9 posted 02-12-2017 04:47 AM

I just set one up. Get the bolts to the cast iron table top finger tight. Plus a bit, then get the bolts on the rails finger tight plus and adjust for level. Tighten down the ones furthest away first then use a block and mallet to tap the edge against the cast iron top to level.

If that doesn’t work, flip the wing around and try the other side. Or make a router table out of plywood on that side.

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