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02-17-2019 06:14 PM

Hi all. Just signed up and have a question regarding an older model Delta 10 Contractors saw.

I don’t use the saw a lot but recently went to use it and the raise/lower for the blade was stuck to the point I sheared off the pin for the hand wheel. I took the saw apart to see what i could find. Cleaned it and no change.

The question I have is this, bear with me.

There is the angle/tilt indicator and a smaller tube that fits inside of the indicator. I removed them both and it seems to adjust much better now. If I need to cut a bevel I always use an adjustable angle finder, so I don’t need the indicator on the saw itself.

There also appears to be a nut on the shaft that adjusts the height, it is loose and almost impossible to get tight. There’s just no room to get a wrench on it. That nut seems to hold a collar in place that the shaft runs through to the worm gear.

It seems to work fine, at this point anyway. Am I missing something here? Is that nut critical to be super tight? I know it should be, but I just can’t get at it to put enough torque on it. When it is tighter, the raise/lower seems to bind.

Also, is the indicator and shaft critical to be reinstalled?

I know this description isn’t the best, so if you have questions/ advice, let me know.

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 02-17-2019 11:24 PM

Having just a bit of trouble following your description, but want to check that you know inside of the wheel for blade tilt is a locking mechanism, so if that is the tube you speak of, you likely released the brake that was applied, holding that angle in place. No harm doing that as that is correct, once you get to where you want it you do want to lock it down, so rattling, movement, anything doesn’t cause it to move.

Plus the stuff that gums up the teeth in the tilt, or blade raise/lower mechanism is just really fine sawdust. If you blew in some lube, like WD 40 it may initially cause stuck just to mash down making it appear you have knocked the clog loose. Usually this becomes a worse beast as the lube dries, and re-hardens around the junk that never got cleaned out, and added to by new junk. When that happens it really locks up.

Sometimes you need to get in there with an air line, a toothbrush, and a spend some time really cleaning anything, and it will be on all aspects, so your view is sometimes impeded. Wear goggles, and maybe a dust mask, unless you like wood pulp. I hear it works great as roughage.

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#2 posted 02-17-2019 11:47 PM

Hi Real, thanks for the reply.

I know I didn’t describe it all that well. That said, the tilt is not the problem, that works fine. I’s the raise and lower.

Yes, I did release the locking knob to move it. I’ll try to describe it better below.

1- The rod the adjusting handle is on appears to be where the issue is.
2- The rod at the handle end had a shear pin for the handle.
3- The rod extends all the way in and through a collar.
4- On the opposite side of the collar the rod extends and has the worm gear at the end.
5- The collar is where there is a loose nut. It appears to be a locking nut to hold the collar in place as the rod spins inside of it when adjusting.
6- The angle indicator is just a 1 inch diameter piece, like a socket wrench. It is longer, about 4 inches. Inside of that is a smaller diameter “bushing” or “sleeve” that is the same length. Together they go on the shaft that turns the worm gear from the handle.
7- The collar (see #5) looks like it is designed to stabilize the rod passing through it. One end is flanged, the opposite end is where the loose nut is. The collar passes through cast metal. When you tighten the nut it pulls the flanged end into a “seat” and holds the shaft in place. It appears that it is designed to be super tight and hold the shaft in place. However, when tight, you can’t adjust the height…

It may be that the inside of that flange is threaded, and is what holds the shaft in position. Seems right to me. I guess maybe the inside of that, if threaded, is binding. Oh, crud, never mind that thought. If it were threaded then the entire rod would move in and out when adjusting. So, that’s not right.

Of course this is an older model and it’s almost impossible to find any information, especially more technical stuff like this.

Does any of this help? Hope so.

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