Radial Arm Saw - vertical heel - Craftsman model 113.29003

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Correcting vertical heel on Craftsman radial arm saw model 113.29003

How to Fine Tune Your Radial Arm Saw by Jon Eakes
Assembly, Operating Instructions and Parts List for Craftsman Accra-Arm 10 inch radial arm saw (aka user manual)

A few days ago, I had a kickback while ripping on my radial arm saw. Nothing broken, but the machine did receive quite a jolt that knocked it out of alignment. After that jolt, I found both the bevel and vertical heel adjustments were off.

Getting the bevel adjustment reset was easy.

When I tried to reset the vertical heel adjustment, I ran into the same trouble I had the last time I did it. After I got it set, I could not move the swivel latch pin up and down. This time, however, no matter how much I tweaked the adjustment it was stuck. Misalignment of the carriage ball race and the carriage was causing the problem. I’ve documented the procedure I used to correct that.

You will only need this if after following the procedure “checking the saw blade for heel” in the user manual (page 10-11), you find the swivel latch pin will not move up enough to allow you to rotate the yoke from crosscut to rip.

- remove the two middle screws, retaining plate, swivel latch pin, swivel latch spring
- set the yoke to the no-heel position
- lock yoke
- insert swivel latch pin and push it down through the carriage ball race and into the latch pin housing.
- Observe how the latch pin sits in the hole through the carriage ball race. If it’s off center, that’s what is causing the problem. The lip on the latch pin gets caught on the underside of the carriage ball race.


- put a piece of tape across the ball retainer and carriage to mark how they are currently positioned relative to each other. Cut through the tape at the junction.

- put a block under the motor and lower the motor onto it to take up its weight
- loosen the two outer bolts that hold the carriage ball race to the carriage.
- move the ball retainer and carriage ball race so the swivel latch pin is centered in the hole through the carriage ball race

- tighten the two outer bolts to secure the carriage ball race to the carriage
- on the right side, do the procedure to adjust the carriage tension as described on page 12
- now proceed with adjusting the heel as described on page 10-11

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