|Forum topic by MJM305||posted 1540 days ago||2244 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
1540 days ago
Hello, I am new to the forum, although I have been browsing the forum for some time now. I am from Urbana, IL and would consider myself to be the hobby woodworker. I apologize for the following long post, but I am in need of some advise/guidance with my table saw.
I have run into an issue with my new table saw, a Craftsman model 21833, that I need some help on. I am trying to get the alignment set right, it was supposed to come set at the factory, however it was out at the rear of the blade by 1/16 of an inch. I followed the directions in the manual and have not had much success.
I did an internet search as to the best way to align the saw with minimal effort and I recently purchased the PALS system for the saw. I started out with the 5/16” kit because the instructions said if the saw was imported this was the kit I needed (back of the kit said “Made in China”. That arrived and I realized I needed the 3/8” kit, because the trunion is mounted with 3/8” bolts. I ordered the 3/8” kit and intend to return the other kit.
I went to install the new kit and have run into an issue. The new L brackets for the 3/8” kit are too short. I was able to just BARELY get the right side on and after messing with it for an hour, I am not able to install the left side. The right side is on, however like I said, just barely. There is absolutely no room for the trunnion to be adjusted at all. i.e there is no gap between the L bracket and the trunion on the right side. The left side is too short by approximately 1/16 of an inch.
I went back and checked the 5/16” kit and noticed the L brackets for this kit are longer by almost 1/4”. In fact, just holding the brackets up to my saw, I believe these L brackets would give me the needed clearance to make the appropriate adjustments. Problem is that the bolts are wrong.
My question is: Has anyone else had to deal with this issue? If so how did you do it? I am a little hesitant to go and file down the trunion at this point and am more tempted to try and drill out the longer L brackets to make the larger bolts fit through the holes. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Again realizing I am new to the forum, many thanks to any help that is offered.