out of square

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by mikeridgeway posted 06-01-2018 01:19 PM 672 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View mikeridgeway's profile


2 posts in 602 days

06-01-2018 01:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I bought a porter cable table saw last Christmas and I have done just about everything but throw it across the garage to get it square. Its the cheapest one you can buy. Does anyone have an idea on how to square this up?

10 replies so far

View Steve's profile


1702 posts in 1190 days

#1 posted 06-01-2018 01:28 PM

what kind of cut are you trying to make that’s not coming out square?

is the blade square to the miter slots?

View JollyGreen67's profile


1676 posts in 3370 days

#2 posted 06-01-2018 02:35 PM

Please, not to be my typical jerkiness, ;o) but I believe that’s what the manual is for.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile


16341 posts in 3226 days

#3 posted 06-01-2018 02:39 PM

You’re likely to get a bunch of questions vs. answers unless we hear more about what you’ve tried, and what you’re trying to do, vs. what’s in the OP. Or maybe worse, no help at all. Question is open ended, and answers waste time if it’s stuff you’ve already tried or the solutions are otherwise “N/A”.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

View mikeridgeway's profile


2 posts in 602 days

#4 posted 06-01-2018 03:44 PM

The manual doesnt have anything about square. Its my miter cuts. It was a 100 bucks I should have passed on it but I wanted to do some things with it now I got this bug i want to make some furniture

View BroncoBrian's profile


875 posts in 2566 days

#5 posted 06-01-2018 04:40 PM

Getting a table saw dialed in is super important. Without the right hardware, it will not happen and will not stay true over time. Look at this thread:

You won’t find a Porter Cable table saw in those pictures for a reason.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

View MrFid's profile


900 posts in 2512 days

#6 posted 06-01-2018 04:53 PM

Sell it for $60 on Craigslist and consider it a $40 rental. Then go and buy yourself a saw with a cast-iron (or granite!) top that is adjustable and has a good way to make zero-clearance inserts, can handle a dado set, and cabinet-mounted trunnions. Or at least something closer to that.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

View Ted78's profile


407 posts in 2607 days

#7 posted 06-01-2018 04:56 PM

User of cheap table saw here. Knowing it’s miter cuts that aren’t square is helpful, we can rule out the fence, since that is not part of the equation. 1. Make sure the blade is parallel to the miter slot in the table. spin the blade 180 degrees and check again. If it’s NOT then you can drill down to checking the blade, or the arbor or the mounting of the table to turn irons etc. If it IS parallel than you can look at the miter gauge itself and technique. Two things to keep in mind on a cheap tool NEVER pay any attention to the numbered markings to set up a cut. Always use a square or or ruler or dividers etc to set up a cut. (with the saw unplugged of course) And you need to start with a piece of wood with at least one, really two, flat even surfaces to start with.

-- Ted

View JCamp's profile


1040 posts in 1158 days

#8 posted 06-01-2018 04:57 PM

Could you have bought a better saw? Yes but since u have this one for now u need to get it fixed.
I dont know if it’s built like my old junk delta was but if it is there was a couple screw in the top of the table that you loosened and adjusted the blade to b a true parallel with the fence.
If yours isnt like that then I suggest either contacting porter cable for assistance, going back to the store and asking how to fix it (I’d say they r assembled in the store so hopefully someone will know) Or watching YouTube videos to try to find out how to set it up
As already admitted you bought a cheaper table saw… I still believe that a cheap one is better than no table saw so good luck on getting it squared. As already said pictures and more info could help.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

View Woodknack's profile


13017 posts in 2988 days

#9 posted 06-01-2018 09:11 PM

A blade out of parallel will not necessarily cut out of square. You can find out quickly by trying the other miter slot. Most likely the gauge isn’t perpendicular to the blade. But last time someone asked this it turned out they meant out of square vertically, their blade wasn’t perpendicular to the table.

-- Rick M,

View Loren's profile


10477 posts in 4255 days

#10 posted 06-01-2018 09:22 PM

The miter gauges are a weak spot on most
portable table saws. I’d make a cut-off sled.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics