ZCI for Cheap Table Saw

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Forum topic by Dallas posted 01-01-2012 04:29 AM 2252 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-01-2012 04:29 AM

I keep reading here and there that you can’t make a ZCI for a cheap benchtop table saw.

I guess I forgot to read about that when I was stuck with my little Ryobi BTS 10 ($99 on sale at the BORG).

It was a valiant little saw and tried to keep up, it really did, but after a bout a thousand board feet of Osage Orange being run through it, the rear bearing finally went out of the motor and ruined the armature.
As a side note, I took the motor apart and checked the bearings. They are the very cheapest bearings used in roller skates and skate boards. An upgrade would be a set of 10 for $9. Ryobi wanted something like $9 plus shipping for the original cheapo.

Anyway, to digress back to the ZCI, here it is:

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 04:52 AM

Just a little imagination and the necessity or need was there. Looks like a great thing to have.

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 05:10 AM

Instead of being held down by screws, I used a binder clip that was cut in half for spring tension.

Binder Clip

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 02:27 PM

Resurrecting an old post…I have the same saw and want to make a ZCI for it. How did you get the clips attached? I can make a piece to fit but wasn’t sure the best way to attach is securely to the saw.

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 02:47 PM

It would be great to hear from Dallas but don’t be disappointed if he doesn’t respond right away, I hope he is well enough to check out LJ and post often.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 06:30 PM

SOrry, I just got out of hospital, still weak but I’ll try to explain.

If you know what those big binder clips look like, (hang on, I’ll find a picture)......

I just cut the sides off of one, drilled a small hole in one side of each one and drove a self tapping flat head screw in.

Where the hole met the ZCI, I drilled a pilot hole, countersank a hole on the top and used my self tapping screw through the wood into the metal.

With a small wedge behind the screw hole, the part in front is forced down as the screw is tightened. This draws the ZCI against the deck of the saw, and it won’t move.

Clear? I hope? At the moment that is the best I can do for an explanation, sorry.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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