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Finesse Table Saw Alignment with PALS

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Review by Jack Barnhill posted 1548 days ago 6821 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The “Contractor Saw Precision Alignment & Locking System” (PALS™) from IN-LINE INDUSTRIES is just that, an alignment upgrade for a contractors table saw. It provides a significantly easier and more precise way of aligning the table saw blade to the miter slot than the manufacturer’s suggested method of pounding on or prying on the trunnion.

PALS consists of 2 each threaded studs, flat washers, nuts, lock nuts, L-brackets with adjustment screws and lock nuts, and 1 Allen Wrench or hex key for the adjustment screws. The size of the studs and corresponding components vary depending on the kit you need for your model of contractor saw.

Additional wrenches are needed to remove the old trunnion bolts and for installing the new mounting and lock nuts but, they’re common sizes. A non-permanent thread-locking liquid is also recommended to help prevent loosening of the threaded studs while the saw in operation.

Unfortunately I did not take any pictures of the kit before I installed it so I included a SketchUp drawing of the components that come with the kit and a couple of pictures of it installed on my Delta contractor saw.

The installation was done in less than 10 minutes and the alignment took maybe another 5 minutes. In less than 15 minutes, I had perfectly aligned the blade to the miter slot and locked it in. No longer do my cuts show signs of the blade being out of alignment. I give the Contractor Saw Precision Alignment & Locking System a 5-Star rating.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com




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#1 posted 1548 days ago

Hi Jack,

Great review.

Lee

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#2 posted 1548 days ago

This is a pretty interesting upgrade.

~DB

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#3 posted 1547 days ago

A new one on me Thanks for the super review

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1547 days ago

I installed this same system on my Jet contractor saw ~2 years ago, and I also heartily endorse the product. Once you have it installed, you set it and forget it.

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#5 posted 1547 days ago

very interesting i sure need something,,,

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#6 posted 1546 days ago

I have seen this product and figured it must be a good upgrade over a dead-blow mallet. Thanks for the review.

-- David from Indiana --

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#7 posted 1537 days ago

I have one of these on my Delta contractor saw and agree 100% with the review. Took no time to install, was simple to adjust (that’s lefty-loosey, right?), and locks it in perfectly within a few minutes.

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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#8 posted 1515 days ago

I’ve got these on my tablesaw. It’s a Jet contractor style. They did help me bring it into a reasonable alignment. I think they would have been more helpful if I just didn’t have to contort my arm just to get to my trunion bolts.

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#9 posted 1513 days ago

I’ve used these as well. For around $20, it’s one of the most knuckle saving, best additions to a contractor saw I can think of. Trying to align trunnions by whacking it with a block of wood or by hand is no fun.

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#10 posted 1031 days ago

I just used these as well and am very pleased. I would recommend them to anyone with a contractors saw. Why these don’t come with every contractors saw is beyond me. I only have negative comments on their instructions, which I comment on in my blog.

-- --bch

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#11 posted 1031 days ago

I have these on my saw, and I recommend them.

-- Joe

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