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#1 posted 01-05-2010 05:44 PM

Good alignment and blade selection are big factors in the end performance of any saw. Get a good quality blade (or two) and align the blade as close to perfect as you can to the right side miter slot by adjusting the trunnions (=/- 0.003” is ok). Then align the fence as close to the same miter slot as possible…perfect is ok, but since the fence may not be perfectly straight, it’s best to error on the side of the tail being toed out as opposed to toed in….+0.003” at the back is good.

Once the top is clean and rust free, I like to treat the top with a light coat of Boeshield T-9 rust preventer. Wipe it out, buff it out, let it dry well, then treat it with a couple of coats of pure paste wax (no silicone), such as Minwax, Johnson’s, or Mother’s.

A good aftermarket miter gauge is a good investment too…the Incra V27 is one of the better values IMO (~ $60). It benefits from adding a fence, whether you buy it or make it from scraps.

It’s never a bad idea to buy a TS book….Kelly Mehler and Jim Tolpin both have good TS books.

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