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Forum topic by huyz posted 01-17-2016 11:15 PM 991 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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huyz

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01-17-2016 11:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta 36-725 delta table saw 36-725 alignment riving knife blade blade alignment riving knife alignment

Hey all!

I recently picked up a Delta 36-725 table saw and have been trying to set it up, hoping to get some help though.

I’ve tried thetinman’s thorough guide on this (http://lumberjocks.com/thetinman/blog/45305), followed Delta’s new manual (http://www.deltamachinery.com/downloads/manuals/table_saws/36-725/DELTA_36-725_Contractor_Table_Saw_Manual_Eng.pdf), and searched for all alignment videos on youtube related to this saw.

My first question is..Page 28 of the manual describes how to align the riving knife. Step 4 says to loosen the socket head cap screws. The problem is these screws are underneath the table and not possible to fit a hex wrench in there.

Second question is I followed thetinman’s procedure (as well as this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK5MLWRHIa8) to align the blade, but it really only lets you swing the blade in the rear. My issue with this saw is when I crank the knob to 0 degrees, the blade actually isn’t square with the tabletop. I have to take it past 0 on the table indicator for it to be actually square, and it would suck to have to compensate for this when cutting at other angles. Is there a way to to calibrate this?

Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 01-18-2016 12:16 AM

First question: Step 4 page 28 is the cap screws (fig 34 C) on top, accessed through the throat plate hole. Use a long shank ball tip hex wrench.

Second question: Set blade square to table top and adjust stop screw for blade to stop at 90deg square to top. See page 15 fig 11. Loosen screw on plastic bevel gauge line site and set line site to zero on scale. Aligning the blade to the miter slots and squaring the blade perpendicular to the top are two different adjustments. The Youtube video you linked is to set the blade parallel to the miter slots.

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 05:30 AM



Second question: Set blade square to table top and adjust stop screw for blade to stop at 90deg square to top. See page 15 fig 11. Loosen screw on plastic bevel gauge line site and set line site to zero on scale. Aligning the blade to the miter slots and squaring the blade perpendicular to the top are two different adjustments. The Youtube video you linked is to set the blade parallel to the miter slots.

- WhyMe

Ah, thanks! I was able to change where the stops are, and then realized it’s the red bevel indicator line that’s also off. This was adjustable, but not as far as I need to reach 0 when the blade is square to the table, so I’ll probably have to make my own indicator.

The positive stops on this saw also aren’t hard stops (slight room for play), so will have to get used to the feel of the wheel where exactly 0 and 45 are and/or measure the blade every time it needs to be moved.

Thank you for your help!

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 12:21 PM

I do not rely on the stops or indicator but use a square or Wixey angle gage every time…

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#4 posted 01-18-2016 05:44 PM

Elongate the screw slot on the plastic bevel indicator to give you more adjustment. It may be possible to bend the indicator arm some.

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