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Forum topic by Carol posted 11-26-2021 08:12 PM 459 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Carol

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11-26-2021 08:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw kobalt

this morning, my other half surprised me with a black friday deal after hearing my frustration with my current chop saw (good for rough cuts but that’s all); he brought home a kobalt sliding compound mitre saw and wow, cool! new toy!

take it out of the box, set it up in the kitchen (lol) and check it out…teeny little 7 1/4” blade but slides ok and has a laser (yay). only cuts a 2-by (boo). the blade is square to the fence (yay). each side of the fence aligns perfectly with the opposite side (another yay).

but i notice the mitre gauge “pointer” is ever so slightly off when i set it at the automatic 90, the gauge points just a little south. almost a whole degree off…

loosened the screw holding the gauge pointer but can’t get it to point to 90 (at the “0”).

him: “well, that’s pretty close right?”
me: “yes dear, thank you so much for the saw. now here’s a turkey sandwich, go watch football” :)

called kobalt…”this is customer service. we don’t have a tech support department but i can pass your message to the manufacturer and someone may contact you within 3-5 business days”

i’d love to have the dewalt but it’s just not in the budget (not after buying the planer…)

not a big deal if the stop at 0 is truly 90, the 22.5 and 45 stops are good, but what about when i need a 5 or 7 degree cut? set and lock, test cut…reset and lock, test cut…etc

any advice? just return it? try it anyway? i won’t even get it all sawdust-y if i’m going to return it.

-- Carol


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northwoodsman

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#1 posted 11-26-2021 11:03 PM

Loosen that screw holding the pointer. You should find the hole in the pointer to be slightly larger than the screw or even elongated to you can adjust the pointer position.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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Carol

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#2 posted 11-26-2021 11:22 PM

northwoods, already tried and no dice. in the photo, it’s moved as far to the right as possible

-- Carol

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BlasterStumps

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#3 posted 11-26-2021 11:27 PM

if you like it enough to keep it if the pointer would align then I suggest just simply elongating the hole in the pointer and make it point 90 when at 90. Wouldn’t take much to elongate that screw hole. Maybe a rat tailed file.

I recommend checking the 90 whenever you want to make a plumb cut. No matter what the pointer says.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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Vicki

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#4 posted 11-27-2021 02:08 AM

Take it back and get a 10” sliding MS. You’ll be a lot happier. I check for 90 deg. with a square or digital angle finder for crucial cuts.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 11-27-2021 03:04 AM

+1 to BlasterStumps suggestion—elongate the hole to the left side and slide to the right.

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Loren

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#6 posted 11-27-2021 03:08 AM

Is the bent part of the pointer jamming up against the curved part of the saw casting? If so, filing the side of the pointer may help resolve the issue.

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LeeRoyMan

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#7 posted 11-27-2021 03:10 AM

I guess I’m just crude and improper,
but I would have just taken some needlepoint plyers and bent it to where it needs to be. It’s not very much.

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mikeber

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#8 posted 11-27-2021 03:49 AM

The indicator for 90° may not be accurate at all. Please measure with other devices and confirm it is precisely 90° and the cuts are also repeatable.

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Kudzupatch

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#9 posted 11-27-2021 02:04 PM

Bend the pointer.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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Kudzupatch

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#10 posted 11-27-2021 02:04 PM

Bend the pointer.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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Carol

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#11 posted 11-27-2021 02:19 PM



Is the bent part of the pointer jamming up against the curved part of the saw casting? If so, filing the side of the pointer may help resolve the issue.

- Loren

this might work. the pointer is plastic groan

i have a 10” chop saw but its not a slider and doesn’t have a laser light…i have to check for square every single time, was hoping with a new saw i might not have to but…

-- Carol

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Lazyman

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#12 posted 11-27-2021 03:47 PM

I would not rely on the pointer regardless. Even if you can make it repeatably accurate at 90/0, that is no guarantee that the other angles are going to be accurate. That sort of accuracy is probably fine for construction grade cuts but not ones that require a precise angle.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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therealSteveN

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#13 posted 11-28-2021 05:36 AM

Of all the answers I’d be in the “bend the pointer” to be where it’s supposed to be. It appears to be a decal for the numbered marking, thats easier to be the problem than the robot that drilled the hole for the cursor not hitting the spot. The decal would have been hand applied, kinda close is probably the work order. These things are going down a line, with another machine 3 to 5 seconds behind the current one. At least ya got a decal. :-)

My personal answer is use a good sled on a TS for critical cross cuts.

-- Think safe, be safe

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