Play in Miter Saw Blade

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Forum topic by Divotdog posted 09-04-2009 10:38 PM 1410 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2009 10:38 PM

I have a 12 incn compound Ryobi miter saw, which I bought for very little. The blade was horrendous so I got a nice Freud blade with more teeth than Carter has pills. It creates a very smooth cut but it has some play in it – maybe 1/32, not real sure. It seems to be cutting straight but should I be concerned about the play? Or maybe I am cutting just crooked enough to come out straight? (:>

I removed and reinstalled the blade to be safe. It has a 1 inch arbor – should it be shimmed? Also I just noticed my Dewalt T/S also has some play in the blade but not as much. Who says there are no stupid questions?

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#1 posted 09-04-2009 11:05 PM

maybe you need some blade stabilizers .

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#2 posted 09-04-2009 11:16 PM

If you are refering to “play” as side to side movement, by hand with the saw not running, assuming that the blade is indeed tight…..shimming won’t help you. It is the motor’s arbor (shaft) that has the free-play. It is loose with-in the housing and there probably isn’t much that can be done. I doubt that you could find anyone who is willing to work on it….or get parts for that matter.
It may be a case of the motor actually stabilizing it as it runs though? If it cuts ok, (repeatable) it may not be a big deal.

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