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Forum topic by dakremer posted 09-19-2010 02:57 AM 1678 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2010 02:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw fix craftsman tip trick

Hey guys, I posted a forum topic last week about fixing my neighbors old craftsman table saw. Here is the link if you are wondering what I was trying to fix (side metal was bowing out and sucking in, not allowing me to get an exact 90 and 45 degree)

Anyways. I fixed it by attaching some angle iron to the sides to stiffen up the the metal where the knob goes to change the angle the carriage. The pictures show my first attempt. With those in place the metal was still coming away from the angle iron a little – I think because i did not have screws drill in directly above and below the knob bolt. I ended up drilling 2 more holes on each angle iron and adding a few more bolts. Works like a charm now. And i’m now able to make exact 90 and 45 degree cuts!! about time!!

however, seems like i only have to cut a few times, and the saw is already off its mark….is this because its just an old saw? can this be fixed? (kinda sucks to readjust the saw blade every few cuts to make sure i’m still at 90, 45, etc)



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#1 posted 09-19-2010 09:24 AM

Sounds like the adjustment mechanism is moving/creeping. On a lot of the newer small saws there is a locking mechanism to prevent movement. It may be due to wear. Not having seen this saw before I couldn’t say not knowing what the assembly looks like, possibly you could repair it or add a lock of some kind?

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 03:36 PM

I have the same saw and it does the same thing (the side bows out or sucks in). I was thinking of fixing mine the same way. I’d like to put the angle iron inside if there is enough space and vertical.
The fact that your saw gets off mark after a few cuts indicates that something is loose. Are you locking the tilt mechanism in position after you set it?

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 04:02 PM

I have those saws. They all have a locking lever on the front on top of the dial that raises and lowers the blade. Check, maybe yours is missing ?

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#4 posted 09-19-2010 04:05 PM

Have you checked your worm gears to be sure they aren’t worn or loose? Sometimes the set screw on the worm gears will loosen up and not have a solid bite and slip out of place. This may be part of the cause for the buckling of the sides of the cabinet.

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#5 posted 09-19-2010 04:40 PM

i am locking the tilt mechanism after its in position by tightening that locking bolt above the dial that raises and lowers the blade. I get that as tight as i can. I also check the bolt on the other side of the carriage (by the motor) and it is really tight too. So those are the problem

Gregn…what are the worm gears? i dont even know where I’d check that…

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 12:26 AM

Look from the back under the table and you will see what looks like a half moon type of gear. There is a smaller gear on a shaft. That gear is what tilts the arbor for different angles. Sometimes the set screw will either wear a spot or loosen up over time causing it to slip out of place. Same for raising and lowering for the depth of cut. Check to be sure that the gears are tight and clean and lubed. This is also a good time to check and adjust your stops if needed as well.

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 05:41 PM

I had both of these problems with my dads craftsman ts. I’m not sure if we have the saw model, but on mine, the fence has the ability to pull itself out of square if you lock it (while its not square to the table). I’ll mention some areas I looked at to fix problems. Make sure that that blade carriage is tightly bolted…actually, at this point (if it was my saw) I would take the whole thing apart, clean it, make sure the arbor is not worn, make sure that the metal cabinet is not out of square (where it attaches to the cast iron table).

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