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Forum topic by Ray D posted 01-29-2016 07:41 PM 350 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ray D

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01-29-2016 07:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw repairs table saw top moving


May be a silly question but better to ask before I cause major problems. Other than realigning the top, what problems could occur if I remove a cabinet mounted trunnion top? I’m thinking there would be nothing else but better to ask. I have to get the saw into the basement and have a few tight turns in the process and removing the table top would greatly improve the ability to move the saw.

Thank you so much!

-- Ray - Minooka, Illinois

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#1 posted 01-29-2016 08:06 PM

If the manufacturer used shims between the top and cabinet, be sure to put the shims in the same locations they came from.

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 08:14 PM

remove a cabinet mounted trunnion top?

As long as I’m reading that right, and you have a cabinet saw where the trunnion is attached to the cabinet, then there is nothing to worry about. Like Gary said, you will have some alignment stuff to work out when you put it back. If you’re as OCD as a lot of us are, you will probably have it aligned better when you’re done than when it first came into your shop.

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#3 posted 01-29-2016 08:25 PM

Pull the top, drop the motor, mark where the shims go if there are any, and be prepared to make new ZCIs.

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#4 posted 01-29-2016 10:53 PM

Thank you!

Other than doing simple alignments, I have never had to do anything like this to a saw. If I sound like a goof asking these types of questions, it could be a sign that I am goof, Ha! Not to mention I’ll being doing this without the help of an experienced person. I have heard about shims before and forgot all about it so thanks for the reminder Gary. I am assuming they would be located on the table tops corner bolts? Drop the motor? This is sounding a bit more than I think I’m getting myself into. Don’t get me wrong, I’m mechanically competent but I am afraid of making a mess out of such an expensive machine. You see, after a long hiatus from woodworking and recently falling ill, I’ve been trying to fill some of my good days with something I have always loved to do so making a mess of this would be terrible. I have a junky TS now so I went out bought a new DeWalt (never used and now up for sale) with the intention of building a large work center around it but facing the facts, it’s just physically too much for me to handle. If anyone knows of a YouTube showing this process please let me know. Again… THANK YOU ALL!

-- Ray - Minooka, Illinois

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