Just a quick update on several issues that have been forcing all of my attention.
Hitachi C10FL Table Saw Issues
I mentioned earlier that the saw had been neglected for a while and so there was a lot of cleaning, adjusting and correcting to so. Tonight I managed to resolve some of the vibration and noise issues when running it. When I previously adjusted the blade direction to be parallel to the left miter slot, I didn’t pay attention to the back trunnion support’s relationship with the trunnion. Not only can I adjust the support side to side, but also front to back. I had it spaced out from the trunnion allowing it to bang front to back. My bad. That’s been resolved. I also checked the belt tension while running, looking in from the opened back side. It tracks straight and doesn’t show any wobble. The motor isn’t hanging up when I lift up on it. Whatever is causing the vibration will have to wait for a later date.
The front measurement scale on the right side for the fence is as accurate with the true cutting capacity as the eye can see. Cuts appear to be cleaner than before and a square shows no light on the cross-sections. I think this is as good as it’s going to get with the environment I have to work in.
I posted a question in the forums here about correct table height for each person, as if there was a formula or rule of thumb. So far no one came up with anything on that, but good thoughts were passed my way. Tonight I spent some time thinking about whether the height was really an obstacle I needed to hurdle or if this was just a matter of mind over matter. I think the latter will be the case. I still don’t like my arm being above the blade when pushing stock past the splitter. Since this table top is also deeper as well as higher than the cheap contractor saw I have, it stands to reason that my short arms are the issue.
The last matter is dust collection. The dust collection port at the bottom is for a 4” attachment. I need a 4” to 2-1/4” reducer to fit the hoses coming off my shop vac. Harbor Freight has one for $4.00. This weekend the wife and may be heading down that way for a movie, in which case I’ll swing by and pick up one. Otherwise, I’ll order it and wait the ten days to have it get here. Why not get one from Rockler? Ten dollars more there, plus even more shipping, and…it will still take more than a week to get here. I sometimes shake my head at how in today’s world wide operations it still take Pony Express speeds to get things here from a hop, skip and a jump away. Go figure. So for now, I have the back panel off the chassis and I vacuum out on occasion.
Tomorrow I work on building a miter saw station. I decided to remove the door to the small room I mentioned before and building to fit a replacement that will have an alcove for the back side of the miter saw to fit into. This will allow the working end of the sliding miter saw to be on the bench, meaning I can keep the bench shallow in depth, running left and right of it for the width of the wood wall. This will cut down on the dust (I will have a dust port at the bottom of the plywood alcove for the vac) as well as save space. More on that after it’s built.
-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA