How am I supposed to install the tilt screw in my Craftsman 113 TS?

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Forum topic by dword01 posted 07-15-2019 10:37 PM 953 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2019 10:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman table saw tilt

The tilt mechanism on my table saw has never really worked very well, and I’m wondering if I have the tilt screw installed incorrectly.

I have the saw apart right now and so I took some pics and wanted to run it by the forum here.

Thanks for your time.

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#1 posted 07-16-2019 02:09 AM

It looks right to me. I had a saw like that that was made in the early 80s. It is still running, brother-in-law still uses it.
Mine never would operate correctly until I completely broke it down, like you have, and lubricated and did a complete setup on it. It has ran like a champ ever since. Don’t forget to put a good quality link belt on it. I made much less vibration.

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#2 posted 07-16-2019 02:58 AM

Yeah I’ve gone through the saw before. Got the link belt, T2 fence, PALS adjustment kit. But I’m wondering if this tilt screw is bent. Even all cleaned and lubed up it’s just really hard to turn. The height adjustment screw turns super easy.

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#3 posted 07-16-2019 06:44 AM

If I remember right when I restored mine it had a little tension on it and I gave it a turn or two before I secured it to the side of the case and it turned easier. Might be worth a try, it’s only a couple screws.


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#4 posted 07-16-2019 05:07 PM

On my saw, the sheet metal side was bowed out. When adjusting the screw, the side would snap in and out changing the tilt. I fastened two metal braces vertically along side of the ball fitting to stabilize the side. The adjustment is very hard because there is no counter balance. You are lifting the entire weight of the arbor assembly and the motor. When raising the blade, the motor acts as a counter balance by lowering as the blade is raised.

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#5 posted 07-16-2019 05:27 PM

Sounds like something ain’t. I’d roll the shaft on flat surface to make sure it’s straight. If it is it might be a problem with the cut of the threads. Never heard of it but just about anything is possible.

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#6 posted 07-16-2019 06:38 PM

If you have the PALS system installed be aware that as you approach 45 degrees the blade guard bracket on the rear of the saw will make contact with one of the studs installed as part of the PALS system. I had to remove the stud and replace it with the regular bolt in order to get the tilt to 45 degrees.

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#7 posted 07-16-2019 08:38 PM

Thank you for that tip, Chas7715!

Thanks everyone for the help. I made a video showing the play in the mechanism and can’t help but think I have something wrong.

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