Table Saw assist for tilting arbor tool.

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Project by Mark55 posted 10-30-2014 07:19 PM 3741 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my table saws is an old craftsman saw I inherited. To be honest I really like this old thing. It also came with a reliant fence system with a capability of 48”. My intention when I got it was to restore it. That was a few years ago but then I started using it and really liked it. Although I tuned it, I never got around to making it pretty. Maybe this winter!

Anyway one down fall of this saw is the tilting arbor can be a real chore to take to 45 degrees. Once the weight of the motor starts lifting sideways it becomes harder to crank. I recently used it on a project that I had to change angles several times. Whew, talk about a work out!
Before the end of the day I came up with this simple idea.

A couple pieces of 3/4” plywood, a 1/2” carriage bolt and I was in business. It works very well with the 1/2” drill in low gear. I just get it close with the drill then finish by hand.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#1 posted 10-30-2014 07:53 PM

A great solution Mark. Nice thinking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 08:31 PM

“Simply” Brilliant!!!

I may need to steal this idea….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 10:16 PM

I have used a portable drill to raise and lower my planer table on several Grizzly and Hammer jointer/planers for years. I had to glue a nut on the Hammer to give me something to attach my socket to.

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 11:09 PM

I love this idea. I did something similar with a gear motor from surplus supply. I hooked one up to the table on my drill press, too. Call me lazy.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#5 posted 10-30-2014 11:31 PM

Great idea! It looks like you have a 1950’s 8in. saw.

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#6 posted 10-30-2014 11:37 PM

Thanks everyone.
It is an old saw but it is a 10” model.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#7 posted 10-30-2014 11:39 PM

simple and effective, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 10-31-2014 12:28 AM

Great solution

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 10-31-2014 12:32 AM

Very ingenious!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 10-31-2014 02:21 AM

Mark, 10” is even better. Those are real nice saws.

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#11 posted 10-31-2014 03:26 AM

simple and function, nice!

-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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#12 posted 10-31-2014 11:27 AM

it probably needs a good clean and oiling underneath if this is the size of wheel they supplied it should turn more freely.I would suggest removing the top and cleaning it and oiling or greasing Good idea A bigger wheel would be better maybe but hey if it works for you good stuff.Athrititus makes these things hard as we get older.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 10-31-2014 01:08 PM

I service it regularly. I keep it clean inside and all the lift threaded rods oiled.
This is just the nature of these old saws. When its down in the 90 degree position it turns easy. It’s when you start lifting these old heavy motors sidways it gets tedious.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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