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Forum topic by nmkidd posted 10-15-2009 05:21 PM 1008 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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nmkidd

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10-15-2009 05:21 PM

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When adjusting my saw for cutting various angles…..the base doesn’t turn smoothly, sort of a gritty feeling and I can’t get it to go all the way to 45 on one side. Initial inspection showed a build up of saw dust etc between the rotating base, the fixed base and under the guides. I’ve taken it apart and cleaned it on numerous occasion, and then tried various lubricants but after a bit of use …its back to the sticky, hard to move game again. There was some kind of lubricate on it when first new but don’t know what. My efforts have been WD 40 (not a good choice), sewing machine oil (not good either) and even a light coat of naval jelly (even worse). Leaving no lubricant is ok for a while then its back to the same.
Anyone have similar problems?......thoughts, ideas, solutions would be gratefully appreciated

Thanks

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!


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#1 posted 10-15-2009 05:28 PM

Hey Doug
I would clean it with Goof off and then lubricate it with wax or graphite. any product with oil in it will only create more build up.

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#2 posted 10-15-2009 05:43 PM

anything with oil will stick the sawdust to it ,
and cutting pine will leave gum also ,
so i’m with jim ,
and watch the silicones ,
they can leave a film on the wood that messes with the finish .

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#3 posted 10-15-2009 05:44 PM

Doug
Sounds like you’ve got something jammed somewhere, or a broke part you can’t see. Something may be cracked, it will turn so far, and stop. You could of missed something in your original inspection. Try again.
Usually when you get sawdust and build-up, you blow it out, get rid of it, and you’re good to go. Something is afoul somewhere. Be sure and unlock the handle, first !!!!!!!!!!!

Did you unlock the handle good so you colud turn it?? lol lol.

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#4 posted 10-15-2009 05:47 PM

I agree with a1Jim, Goof off will do the trick, just Do Not use WD40 on your tools, one of the worst things you can put on there

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nmkidd

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#5 posted 10-15-2009 06:50 PM

Thanks for the guidance everyone.
Note: being a quasi machinist in another life….WD40 was a cure all for everything…..to a point!!

Thanks again

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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nmkidd

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#6 posted 10-18-2009 11:13 PM

Another (closer) inspection revealed 2 of the retaining tabs were bent more so then the others causing the table to bind. A ball peen and anvil fixed that problem. This above mentioned problem apparently has been there since the saw was new, as it always has been difficult to move.

I used brake part cleaner (Jim….couldn’t find any Goof Off) to remove all grease and grime. Polished the surfaces with steel wool and applied some wax. Darn thing works better then when I first bought it!!!

Thanks for the suggestions.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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