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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 09-10-2010 06:13 PM

Greetings dakreamer, My friend you have found the probelm exactly…....I bought my old Craftsman new in ‘85 (#113.297), and it did the same thing from the get-go, and always has….. The metal that they used back then and eariler was just too thin on the saw body, and when you tried to set it at 45 degrees, it would flex so bad that the wheel was nearly impossible to turn at that point…I tried everything to fix the problem, but to no avail. I don’t think it can be because of the thin walls “caving in”......So I just didn’t try to cut anything at 45…I got the sawblade, fence, and miter all true to 90, and used it like that for years and years( a real PITA), and just never made any projects that required a 45. But then I got my new Unisaw last year, and now I just use the old saw
to cut dados and rabbits and anything at 90…...I know this doesn’t fix your problem, but that is the problem
you are having…....Been there and done that…..I don’t know what to tell you other than get maybe find another saw to use…......

edit: It doesn’t have anything to do with the stops, nuts, bolts, whatever…It’s just the way it is….

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