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Forum topic by MrRon posted 03-15-2016 04:02 PM 376 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrRon

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03-15-2016 04:02 PM

I have a Dewalt/B&D RAS, approximately 1976 vintage. I’ve been fiddling around trying to get it into alignment. The manual says to adjust the (2) set screws at the back of the yoke to set the blade parallel to the arm. The problem is; I make a crosscut; the wood left of the blade has a nice clean edge with no chipping; but the wood on the right side of the blade leaves the edge ragged. This happens when crosscutting and dadoing. It seems the blade is traveling parallel to the arm, as the left face of the wood is clean without tear out. Does anyone know how to resolve this alignment issue?


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ThomasChippendale

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 04:30 PM

The blade is at an angle to the cut, so the front cuts the left side first clean but the rear of the blade touches the right side and raises chips. With the set screws on the motor mount axis, you need to push the rear of the blade left until you get a clean cut.

-- PJ

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 04:38 PM

What PJ said. It doesn’t take much so I guess it might be a trial and error thing with tiny adjustments.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 04:58 PM

Ron, I have a pdf article on alignment for the Dewalt saw that is excellent. I can e mail you a copy. It was written for the older models, but much of applies to the later ones as well. But i think chippendale called it, the blade is “heeling” (not prerfectly square to the fence) and that is adjusted where the motor mounts to the yoke (column side).

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MrRon

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#4 posted 03-17-2016 04:09 PM



Ron, I have a pdf article on alignment for the Dewalt saw that is excellent. I can e mail you a copy. It was written for the older models, but much of applies to the later ones as well. But i think chippendale called it, the blade is “heeling” (not prerfectly square to the fence) and that is adjusted where the motor mounts to the yoke (column side).

- Fred Hargis


Thanks Fred. I believe I already have that article; downloaded from “Old woodworking machines”.

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