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#1 posted 09-10-2009 01:33 AM

Instead of the wood shim, you may try a simpler approach. I just used blue painters tape. Here’s what I did. Once I got the tension right, I tightened the lower bolt on the front side of the motor, and only gently snugged the other three. This held the motor at the right hight relative to the belt, but allowed me to pivot the back side of the motor so that I could get the whole thing into alighment.

After I got the tension correcvt, I put the painters tape across the top of the motor housing where it meets the saw base. It touched the housing on the front side.

Naturally the back side tended to be a little lower, since the belt & pulley did not provide resistance on that side of the motor when I was pushing down. So I positioned the tape to be straight across, and then brought up that low end of the motor until it touched the tape.

I tightened all of the nuts and tested the saw. It worked perfectly.

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