|Project by bsherman||posted 01-08-2010 05:45 AM||3441 views||8 times favorited||12 comments|
First of all, I would not recommend buying this saw, but it can be fixed if you have a bad one.
I got mine used but it was still under warranty, so I got several parts switched out for free. (New bearings, balanced, wheels, new tires, and a new tension rod.)
I tried everything that you commonly read about and it got slightly better. (Stiffen the base, balance the wheels, link belt, good blade, etc.)
BUT there are a few things that I don’t see much that really helped.
1. In addtion to balance problems, your wheels/tire may not be round. Rubber tires can be “trued” by attaching a sanding block inside. David Marks has an old article about this. Basically you are sanding down the high spots in the rubber tire to make it perfectly round.
2. No combination of plywood stiffeners inserted in the metal base will dampen vibration as well as a solid plywood box that you build. Or as my wife calls it, “the doghouse”.
3. Mount the motor under the base, as part of #1.
I hope this can help somebody. This saw was my nemesis for a long time. But now it will pass the nickel test, so I rewarded myself with a Kreg fence. Woohoo!