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Forum topic by BPatterson posted 03-03-2016 06:14 PM 380 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BPatterson

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03-03-2016 06:14 PM

Hi, I have a miter saw that has been having some issues. The first issue is that it sticks in the top most position. I usually have to pull pretty hard to break it loose then I can start the motor and it works as expected. This has been going on for a while but since it worked fine once it was loose, I have been letting it slide. Last time I was using the saw the blade guard stopped moving over the blade as the saw moves to the rest position. This is a deal breaker for me if I cannot get it fixed but I wanted to ask if yall had any recommendations on how to clean the saw up to see if that helps. I have done the most basic cleaning by removing all dust around the motor but it seems like there is a lot of pitch / resin on the joints. I can’t really afford a new miter saw at the moment so if I can clean / repair the saw, that would be ideal. Thanks for any advice!

Brandon

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 03-03-2016 06:19 PM

Pretty much anything can be fixed with enough time/money :) Would help though if we knew what saw you had… they aren’t all identical! I’d start with a good cleaning and lube, preferably a dry lube so it doesn’t get caked up with sawdust.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Pictures help as well… we love pictures.

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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BPatterson

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#2 posted 03-03-2016 06:25 PM

Ohh yeah, that might help! :) It’s the harbor freight 10” slider. Super cheap but I have been very pleased with it other than these issues. What would you use for the cleaner and lube?

Ps- I can post some pics this afternoon /evening.

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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rwe2156

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#3 posted 03-03-2016 06:45 PM



It s the harbor freight 10” slider.
‘nough said…....good reason to get a decent saw.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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upinflames

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#4 posted 03-03-2016 07:21 PM

The best all around lubricant for woodworking tools is this.

I’ve used it for years, won’t clump up as it is a paraffin base oil. You can find it pretty much anywhere. I get it for a buck 99 a bottle, it will last a long time.

As far as the brand of saw, don’t think you have to go spend a lot of money on “name brand” stuff, get it tuned up and it will do a fine job.

You will find that a few around here will hollar ” buy once and cry” then they plug grizzly crap….comes from the same plant the HF stuff comes from….

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HokieKen

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#5 posted 03-03-2016 07:31 PM

I had one of those saws years ago. Every bearing in it was crap which sounds like might be your problem. Try a liberal dose of degreaser in all the bearings and around all the linkages and pins. Let it sit and work for a few hours then wipe it down real well and lube it with something like upinflames shows that won’t congeal or attract saw dust.


As far as the brand of saw, don t think you have to go spend a lot of money on “name brand” stuff, get it tuned up and it will do a fine job. You will find that a few around here will hollar ” buy once and cry” then they plug grizzly crap….comes from the same plant the HF stuff comes from….

- upinflames

FWIW, I’m not a HF hater, and I’ve never owned a Grizzly anything. My lathe actually came from HF. But, having owned the 10” SCMS, I have to say it’s definitely not one of their “gems”. At least the one I had wasn’t. There was a ton of slop in the head and the linear slide bearings were rough machined steel sleeves that weren’t even a tight fit on the shafts.

I agree that most tools can be tweaked and tuned to be precise. But some stuff is just crap no matter what name is branded on it. YMMV of course.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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