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#1 posted 01-24-2013 04:00 AM

Paxorion, sounds like you’re giving up too soon. Via re-tapping or inserts can you repair the stripped out fasteners and bolt holes? If so then you’re halfway home.

No offense meant, but I believe that your saw is a bottom feeder. But it’s yours now, and as exasperating as they may be, junk tools usually still outperform NO tools. The Bosch 4100 is mobile and versatile, but for $600 you’ll still be out of alignment by a few or a dozen or more thousandths. So you’ll need much more money to spend your way out of the inaccuracy hole.

Why not still make a sled? The slots may be off square, but by definition your cut through the sled’s base will be in alignment with the blade. ( assuming here that you can get the runner(s) snug) What you now want is the back fence of the sled to be perpendicularly aligned with the blade, and you’ll get that by fastening one end of the fence and then swinging the other per the guidance of your setup tools to a point of perfection. Yes, your sled might ride somewhat sideways across the tabletop, but workpieces squared to the squared fence will get an accurate 90 cut.

If money is no object then use this saw as a boat anchor. But if you’re up to the challenge of conserving cash and snatching victory from defeat then kick some sled butt!

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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