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Forum topic by Kieth posted 01-02-2010 04:47 AM 3050 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kieth

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01-02-2010 04:47 AM

I guess I will start out by saying I am very new to wood working and as such I am learning all about the tools I have purchased. I just bought this hitachi table saw and am having trouble with the bevel adjuster wheel.

there is a bevel locking device behind the raising wheel but I cannot seem to unlock it, so its stuck on 0 degrees. the diagram shows if I set the locking device to 8 oclock, it will be locked, and if its set to 4oclock it will be unlocked. however, even though this dial can be set in several positions around the 360 degrees, it will still not unlock the bevel adjuster at all.

any advice would be appreciated.

thank you


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#1 posted 01-02-2010 04:54 AM

I wish I could help. I am very interested in hearing about this saw, as I have been eyeing it a lot lately.

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#2 posted 01-02-2010 05:01 AM

Kieth, I used to have one of these saws. I never had your problem, however. But it’s a contractor saw and that means that if you’re willing to lie on your back, the inner workings are all visible and somewhat accessible. Is this a new or a used saw? If it’s used, it may be that the rack mechanism is gummed or the bearing that supports the rod connected to the blade-tilt wheel has frozen.

nailbanger2, I’d do a search, there’s a review here with my comments about the C10FL. In short, it’s not a bad saw, but it had some issues that just didn’t feel like dealing with.

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#3 posted 01-02-2010 05:03 AM

I went to Lowes to check their setup and theirs did turn more than mine but seemed to lock up too and definitely did not go anywhere near the 45 angle possible. Do I need to remove the riving knife assembly before using this feature?

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#4 posted 01-02-2010 05:10 AM

This saw should definitely be considered new. It sat in someones garage for a couple of years but he never used it. its is clean and everything looks great… I just think the instructions are probably too vague expecting it to be obvious but for a newbie, this is not obvious.

thanks for the responses so far.

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#5 posted 01-02-2010 05:15 AM

are you sure you loosened the lock lever, try turning the lock lever some more turns. Go in the direction of the unlock icon.

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#6 posted 01-02-2010 05:19 AM

Kieth, I just looked at the PDF parts drawing online. If you look at the drawing, what might be going on is that the “Locking Nut” that’s under the locking lever might be stripped out so moving the locking lever never releases the pressure.

You might have to take off the Bevel handle and then slide off the locking lever and finally loosen the locking nut.

http://www.hitachipowertools.com/product/files/saws/table_saws/C10FL_OM_new.pdf

Just in case you don’t have the owner’s manual with the saw.

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#7 posted 01-02-2010 05:22 AM

Hmmm, I seem to remember that you have to push the lock lever in toward the saw before you turn it. the lock lever is concentric with the shaft of the blade height adjuster and I think there was a spring and washer that used the lever outward which disengaged it from the lock. Hang on, I’m going to see if I can find the manual on line…

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 05:26 AM

yeah, you have to pull it to be able to turn it. and there is absolutely no tension tightening or loosening effect whatsoever. i can keep it pulled and spin it as many times as I want with no effect. perhaps it was assembled incorrectly…

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#9 posted 01-02-2010 05:27 AM

Looking at the manual (thanks for the link KnotWright!), I think I have to agree with him. Somehow, the lever isn’t actually causing the locking shaft to move. Does the lever move with no resistance at all? That would be a smoking gun, I would think.

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#10 posted 01-02-2010 05:28 AM

i will attempt to disassemble in the morning and see if I can get something to move in there… thanks to all and definitely if you think of anything else it is very much appreciated. I do have the manual, but thank you for searching and posting it… should help others nicely.

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#11 posted 01-02-2010 05:32 AM

yeah, definitely no resistance…. I will go over those diagrams and try to fiigure out how its actually suppose to work, but sounds like it should simply be a nut that isnt responding to the wheel. hopefully and easy fix.

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#12 posted 01-02-2010 07:11 PM

I have this saw. It is a frustrating piece of equipment. Another $150 will get you a saw with an accurate fence system. That said, I don’t have the problem you are describing. If you ensure that the lock lever is fully pressed against the face of the saw, then rotate, it should unlock. The bevel mechanism in the trunion is rough, but not so rough that it feels locked.

When new, the saw comes with this installed and ready to go, so it shouldn’t be an error by the purchaser with assembly.

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Kieth

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#13 posted 01-02-2010 07:48 PM

you guys have been great. I cant say enough about the support that I received and so quickly…

bottom line it was definitely my understanding of how I thought the locking mechanism worked. Never having used this before, I assumed that the way the diagram was illustrated and the way the spring loaded lever worked, that it was purely a positional lock. not the case. I still dont understand why it is spring loaded, but it is a locking nut that needed to be unscrewed using this lever behind the raising wheel, exactly as trimmer was alluding to. Now that I understand the mechanism it is functioning properly….

now I can move from pen making to box making. very happy that my central tool is ready for action! Hope to talk to you guys in the future about successes rather than things like this!

Happy new year all.

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#14 posted 01-02-2010 07:50 PM

and btw, I scored this saw for $250 bucks on Craigslist. The guy bought it 2 or 3 years ago with intentions that never materialized and he never used it. So for the money I really couldnt go wrong. I am looking forward to it since this was an upgrade from my little skil table saw….

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#15 posted 01-02-2010 08:54 PM

Kieth,

I’m glad you got it working. And I’d say that $250 is a good price for this saw. That’s what I sold mine for. Make nice things with it!

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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