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04-05-2011 10:00 AM

I was changing my TS blade last night when I dropped the arbour nut into the saw cabinet. It took me about 10 mins to find it, after rumaging through the saw dust and having had to take the back cover off the saw I eventually found it jammed between the table top and the cabinet. I only found it as I had to rock the whole saw back and forth in a vain attempt of hoping to hear it rattle. Obviously this action won’t do my saw any good. How it got up there god only knows, It must have grown wings and flown up there.

Once I found it, I immediately dropped it again, this time | found it straight off but boy was it infuriating. I guess the small throat opening and big hands don’t bode well when changing a blade. I only seem to manage to twist it on using my finger tips, hence my fumblings.

My question is has anyone come up with a fail safe way of removing/replacing their arbour nut?


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#1 posted 04-05-2011 10:09 AM

I hate it when that happens! :-(( looking through the swdust, then all over the floor and finally finding up in the saw somewherre ;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 10:21 AM

I have a spare nut for just that reason, with your electronic skills could you not could up with some sort of electronic locating device ;-)

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 11:39 AM

The only thing I’ve found that helps is to place the end of my index finger on the arbor shaft, and unscrew the nut around it using the other fingers of the same hand. It’s not foolproof, but it does help.

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 12:31 PM

had that problem with my last unisaw
it had a motor cover door on the right side
under the table extension
and over a shelf there with all the stuff on it
a real pain to get too

so i took the jig saw and cut out the front
of the cabinet under the angle indicator slot
but over the sawdust ramp

and made a ply door there
just open the door
and retrieve the nut
or any wood slivers that may collect there
and keep the sawdust form flowing to the vacuum
worked great

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 04-05-2011 01:31 PM

I keep a telescoping extension handle with a rare earth magnet nearby for those occasions.

I’m right handed, and do find since I got rid of my right tilt saw (which required left headed threading of the nut) that I don’t drop it as often.

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#6 posted 04-05-2011 01:40 PM

Poke around, it has got to be there. Just in case I have a couple extras.

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 01:52 PM

Only to state the obvious, vacuum the sawdust from the cabinet FIRST before changing blades. Most of the time we will use the chosen blade for several cuts (an extended time) so the vacuuming chore is really not so bad and tends to save time in the long run when we get the droppsies. I think we have all been there more often than we want to admit ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 02:42 PM

There is always a layer of saw dust in the bottom, That’s A Given HorizontalMike
Thumb and fore finger turn the nut,ring finger ,on end of arbor, spin nut onto ring finger, slide it down on ring finger !!!Now you are married that’s how I do it .but when fingers don’t work like they used to ,they get dropped
I have a 6in , 1/4in Dia/antenna type extend able to 18 in magnet ,,picked at auto parts store,stuck to rip fence rail
How In the hell your nut got where it was is science fiction

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 03:16 PM


My hands are pretty small….. When I drop my nut, I just call my wife in to retreave it for me. Her back’s in better shape than mine….But….I don’t drop my nut too often, just every now and then…...Hopefully I only try to drop it when she’s home….lol.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#10 posted 04-05-2011 03:46 PM

I put some magnets around the dust collection port & they’ve been lucky enough to grab it before. I buy these things by the dozen for the reasons mentioned!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 04-05-2011 03:58 PM

Thanks for getting back fellahs, some good tips and advice there, particularly with the magnets I’ll look into making some simple jig to make retrieval easier.

A practical method patron for easy access but I don’t want to take a jig saw to my saw, just yet at least, it’s too new.

I don’t know how it got up there other than richoceting it must have grown them wings I was talking about.

I think if I asked the wife to find my nut I may get answer I wasn’t expecting or find in the least helpfull.

Thanks again all.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#12 posted 04-05-2011 04:18 PM

knotscott has the right idea. That’s what I’ve always used. You don’t even have to be able to see what you’re trying to retrieve. Just extend the rod and move the magnet around in the saw dust. You can usually feel when the magnet grabs the nut. Usually if I drop something on the floor in the shop, its round….. and rolls and rolls and ends up in a place that I can’t get to (another use for the magnet). These things are only a few bucks. Well worth it.
- JJ

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#13 posted 04-05-2011 04:22 PM

I made two 3 foot long paddlles about 2 inchs wide. One has a magnet from a dominos pizza delivery sign that I found on the side of the road broken. The other has a 45 degree bevel on the end for pushing saw dust toward the horizontal 4” vacume outlet.

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#14 posted 04-05-2011 04:23 PM

JJ you know what, I think I may actually have one of those, I’m just trying to remember where it is, failing that a trip to the auto spares may be my next port of call

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#15 posted 04-05-2011 04:28 PM

Thanks ptweedy,finding and using someone elses trash and using it always brings a smile to my face. That’s agreat idea, I guess they could even be hung on a hook or from a knob on the saw for easy to hand access?.

I knew I would get some good idea from you guys.


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