Aligning Blade on Powermatic 63 Table Saw

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Forum topic by JimYoung posted 02-23-2017 05:47 PM 952 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2017 05:47 PM

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I bought a used Powermatic 63 in a custom cabinet a few years ago, and it has been serving my new hobby quite well. A few days ago I was cutting some short 2×4’s on a 45 angle when a piece got jammed between the blade and the fence and thrown out of the saw.

After the incident, I started looking at the blade, fence, and miter slot alignment and the blade was off over 1/8” from the front to back of the blade. The fence was off quite a bit as well, so first I realigned the fence with the miter slots. Next, I loosened the 4 bolts holding the blade arbor and tried to bring it in alignment with the fence but I don’t have enough play. The arbor is cast iron, is it possible that I bent it or is it more likely that it never lined up? I was able to get one mount off and reamed out the holes, but the blade is still off about 1/32” from parallel.

This is my first real table saw, and I’ve never really set one up. I’ve gone over the manual, but there is no mention of aligning the saw blade to the miter slots.

Any suggestions here? Can I just ream out the arbor mounting holes?

Should I try to get the miter slots, fence, and blade all dead on?

Also, the blade (decent Freud 60 tooth) appears to have been bent in the process. Can this be straightened out or is it junk?

Thanks for any help.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#1 posted 02-23-2017 05:55 PM

I’d take a dremel or drill the holes out so I could get it as close as possible.

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