Tilting table saw issues

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Forum topic by Dazz posted 03-03-2018 01:48 PM 577 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2018 01:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw tilting unevenly

Hi! My first time here. Hope someone can help.
When I tilt my blade it is not tilting evenly. Eg. the back of the blade moves further than the front. I thought the arbour may be bent, but that would mean the difference would swap to the front on rotation of the blade. The issue is always with the rear of the blade. I own a Carbatec 10” contractor saw. All suggestions of possible causes would be much appreciated. Cheers

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#1 posted 03-03-2018 03:03 PM

Sounds like either the belt is pulling it out of line or the tilting mechanism is wonky. Possibly mounted slightly crooked?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 03-03-2018 03:06 PM

I think you need to check the alignment of the saw especially get blade in alignment with miter slot.

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#3 posted 03-03-2018 05:43 PM

Sounds like the same problem that afflicted Ridgid and Craftsman saws. If it is, nothing you can do.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 03-03-2018 08:16 PM

It it possible that the pulleys are making contact with the blade insert when tilting the arbor?
That is what I found on my TS.
Another issue with my old Craftsman 10” TS was that the tilt mechanism is attached to the sheel metal side which flexes more as the angle increases!

Just some random thoughts!

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#5 posted 04-11-2018 10:06 AM

Hi there – I’m no expert, but it sounds like an alignment issue where the tilting mechanism’s axis is at an angle to the saw table.

This kind of misalignment is discussed on the last page of this free Fine Woodworking article:

The article talks about cabinet saws, however, since you have a contractor saw, you may need to shim the arbor assembly where it bolts to the bottom of the table to get the tilt axis parallel to the top of the table saw front-to-back.

Hope this was helpful.

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