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Forum topic by Mark828 posted 01-12-2016 01:03 AM 416 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2016 01:03 AM

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I was recently given a digital angle gauge which allowed me to see that lowering and raising the blade on my table saw started to tilt the blade from 90 to plus or minus .3 degrees. Also when I tighten my blade tilt wheel it can throw the angle off a few tenths of a degree. Before I acquired this tool I could not tell that the angle would change which leads me to believe that its an insignificant issue for the work I do but now that I know this is happening it bugs me every time I adjust it.

My question is, is this just inaccuracies that you can expect from an entry level saw such as this one or are there things I can inspect or tune on the saw that might be causing this issue? I couldn’t find anything In the manual or online that identifies this issue for this particular saw. Thank You.

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 02:40 AM

It’s always nice to get your TS tuned up optimally, but considering the amount that wood can move on a regular basis, I really wouldn’t give it a thought unless it’s causing your projects to be noticeably off.

Are you certain that the angle gauge isn’t just “flickering” a little?

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 02:44 AM

If it’s a Wixey (and I assume others are similar), you’re talking about being right at the edge of the angle gauge’s accuracy. You could be anywhere from dead on to .1 degrees out and see what you’re seeing. As knotscott said, “I really wouldn’t give it a thought”

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 04:55 AM

“Are you certain that the angle gauge isn’t just “flickering” a little?”

Answer: Yes, i began keeping the gauge on until i had the blade at a reasonable height and could watch the angle change as i dropped it where it would then sustain the changed angle for a while.

Thank you for the replies, this issue I realize is minor and i did not take into the account the accuracy of the gauge itself. I do like having my machines tuned the best they can and this has been bugging me since i discovered it. I should have never questioned the trusty combo square!

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