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Forum topic by bill48 posted 09-07-2009 07:28 PM 1495 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2009 07:28 PM

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I have an older Craftsman table saw and cannot get the blade 90 degrees to the table. Likewise, going the other way, I cannot get a perfect 45 either. I can get close on both but the handwheel just won’t turn far enough to accomplish either. I have loosened the 90 degree stop screw, but this does not help. Any suggestions??

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 08:01 PM

It would help to know the model # of your saw. With the model number, the OWWM site might have a manual for your saw. Sears still carries a lot of saw manuals even for old saws.

If this is one of the old Emerson 10” saws with belt drive (part # will start with 113.XXXXX) then the stops for 90 and 45 degrees are two collars with setscrews on the screw that controls blade tilt. See page 3&4 of this manual (this is the manual for my saw 113.29901). The pictures are accurate – there is quite a lot of room for adjustment; you can go well past 90 or 45.

The King-Seeley 8” belt-driven saws (part number will start with 103.XXXX) had bolts with locknuts to control 90 and 45 stops. The manuals are no help for these adjustments – I had to work it out myself.

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 02:12 AM

Take a look underneath, sometimes sawdust and junk accumulates on the threads of the adjustment mechanism. Clean them up and see if that helps. The other thing is, as EEngineer says, it look in the manual to see how the angles are set, there is usually some kind of stop on those threaded rods that establish the 90 and 45. These should be adjustable. HTH

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#3 posted 09-08-2009 03:14 AM

Yeah… I think you’re gonna have to get under there and clean it out BUT on my old craftsman, I was actually able to poke sharp tools through the slot that the handwheel travels in (while changing the angle of the blade). Using that slot for access saved me a little (but only a little :-) frustration with cleaning out the set screw etc. A flashlight is a good idea too!

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