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Forum topic by Krystoph posted 04-05-2020 11:17 PM 393 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-05-2020 11:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt hybrid table saw maintenance help tips tricks suggestions wood beginner newb please

I believe Ive been recently blessed with a bit of luck. After managing to find an RBI Model 216 Scroll Saw in great (I think?) condition for 55, I noticed a big yellow and metal table up against a wall partially under a tarp. After asking the gentleman what it was he revealed it was a Dewalt DW746, no damage that I can tell. A little bit of surface rust on the cast iron table, the steel wings unmarred. Still had the original blade though that was obviously needing to be replaced. Thick layer of dark wood dust all over underneath but anything readily visible was good. We settled on 300, not sure if that’s a good price point but I am happy none the less as my previous significant other ensured I never had a chance to use the Bosch 4100 I had bought for Spring Black Friday last year.
Aside from the surface rust, the mobile base has a little bit of rust on some of the bolts but it’s performance is not weighed down, as does the rail for the fence (barely noticeable). Tilt seems to glide, absolutely no noise from either handle when turned or moved. I was seriously surprised how quiet this thing is. Has the cast iron table extension still in the box but there is obvious signs of water damage having gotten to that.
My question is, what now? The fence we a wee bowed in the center, the measure on the rails was accurate (I’m a newb, I could be wrong). Mobile base moves with no issues or sound.
Used a bench brush and unsoiled fan brushes to clean out what I could underneath the table. No flicking lights on start up and there aren’t any weird sounds.

I believe I’ve gotten what I need for the moment, a new (temporary) blade, wire brushes, Scotch-Brite Scouring Sponges, Sanding Sponge, Minwax Paste Finishing Wax and some Mean Green by Rustoleum concentrated formula that’s rated for Indoor-Outdoor-Garage (though says not safe on Acrylic, Leather or Aluminum). Is there anything I’m missing or shouldn’t be using? I am holding off until I get some definitive answers. Is there anything else I should do like some kind of lubrication in moving parts? Any grease that was seen underneath seemed rather stiff very much like nearly frozen gum. Completely green behind the ears and I don’t want to ruin anything before I get a chance to actually use a table saw the first time in my life.

-- I imagine we are all but grains of star dust in the grand scope of time. But I suspect we are the universe and stars to the grains we cannot see.

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#1 posted 04-05-2020 11:40 PM

Have you got some push sticks?
If not make one or two.
Just my opinion I think the Bosch glide is a better saw.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 04-05-2020 11:47 PM

After you make the push sticks for rip cuts, make you a nice, accurate cross cut sled.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 04-05-2020 11:54 PM

I have two push blocks already, but making my own sounds like a much better plan and would keep my fingers further away from the blade.
And I dare not touch the Bosch, it had a very untimely meeting with concrete. The riving knife was bent to an angle around 81 degrees, cast aluminum top was scuffed hard on the corners. The original blade was also very much deformed, put a new one in after tearing the whole thing apart and putting it back together but I don’t want to risk running it any more as I am still learning and a bent arbor on that kind of a tool could easily spell disaster. The new blade did seem like it was running straight and it doesn’t stray at all, maybe I’ll revisit her once I learn a bit more.
Anything besides making my own push sticks and feather boards?

-- I imagine we are all but grains of star dust in the grand scope of time. But I suspect we are the universe and stars to the grains we cannot see.

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#5 posted 04-06-2020 12:51 AM

Install a Zero Clearance Insert ASAP

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#6 posted 04-06-2020 01:12 AM

Madmark thank you, this is basically the first table saw I’ve ever had so things that may be obvious and first nature to others are well beyond my scope still. That’s a great place to start. Other than that, I think I may try making a simple and ugly diy air filter. Have to start somewhere right?

-- I imagine we are all but grains of star dust in the grand scope of time. But I suspect we are the universe and stars to the grains we cannot see.

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#7 posted 04-06-2020 01:20 AM

Definitely get a splitter to help with avoiding kickbacks unless it already has a riving knife..
I am not sure what blade is on it, but a good thin kerf blade will help.
I use a Freud Premier Fusion and it is good.
You can get a plastic tray that sits in the bottom of the open frame that has a port for a shop vac or DC in the bottom.
It helps some but enclosing the open frame will help some more.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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