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Keith Fenton

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 04:48 PM

If you just bought it locally, you may want to try returning it and see if the replacement is better. The quality control is definitely lacking on these saws. Excessive front-to-back motion is a VERY common issue with new Dewalts and is the biggest reason why we made the switch to a General International Excalibur. The quality of the DW788 has gone down significantly over the years. The older type 1 DW788’s were 13 lbs heavier than the ones you get now! I would think that significant of a change should warrant a new model number but they just chose to cash in on the reputation of the type 1 DW788’s.

Here’s a link to where some people have found a solution that worked for them… (scroll down to the post titled: Front to back blade movement fix; DW 788 blade forward travel)

I would really hate to do this to a brand new saw though because you are going to void your warranty. Like I said you should return it and hope you get lucky or take the plunge on an Excalibur. The problem is quite common and I know some people who have taken the second Dewalt home and returned that one too.

The 16” Excalibur is only slightly more expensive than the Dewalt. If 16” is big enough for what you do than I would seriously encourage you to go that route. The 21” is significantly more expensive but if you need the size and can swing the cost, then do it! The front-to-back motion of the blades can be adjusted on Excaliburs without modifying parts or voiding any warranty. If you are in the US you can get an Excalibur from http:/, they take it out of the box themselves and pre-tune it for minimal front-to-back motion. If you buy it elsewhere just PM me and I will explain how to do it or find the instructions online for you, should you decide to go that route. It’s simple to do and only takes a few minutes.

Our Dewalt was the older type 1 and still had significantly more front-to-back motion than the Excalibur after tuning. I was quite used to it since it was all I had ever used but my scrolling definitely went up a level with the upgrade to the EX.

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