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Kipper

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07-12-2016 03:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: off set mitre saw bent arm mitre saw broken mitre saw

Hi everyone! Im new to woodworking and power tools, my usual hobby is Tiffany style copper foil stained glass, so I’m pretty clueless when it comes to this new hobby but I’m hoping I can get some help from some seasoned woodworkers.

I’m looking for some advice or suggestions on fixing or tuning my new mitre saw. I bought it new three years ago but never used it more than a handful of times for mdf moldings and some pieces of 1×3 pine that I made a spice rack from. It’s been loved and well cared for.

It seems bent but I don’t know exactly what to do with it. I’m thinking I need to bring it to a machinist but I’m not sure if it’s just something a tune up could fix. I’ve read the manual but don’t see my problem listed. I know it’s just a ‘cheap’ mastercraft but it’s all I have and I miss it and cannot afford a new one.

My pictures are not very clear but the blade sits too far to the right and cut into the yellow thing on the table.

Ps: I’m not sure how to rotate my photos from the mobile page. They are from my camera and are upright on all my devices.

Please tell me what you think. :)


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 07-12-2016 01:47 PM

does it cut square ?

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Kipper

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#2 posted 07-12-2016 03:12 PM

No It cuts a little off square and on a slight bevel. And the blade falls about 2 centimeters to the right of the laser line.

I’m afraid it might be toast. But don’t want to part with my investment until I know for sure. :(

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#3 posted 07-12-2016 04:38 PM

You can edit and rotate pics on your phone, make sure to save. Or install Picassa.

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#4 posted 07-12-2016 05:45 PM

what is name on saw ?

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Kipper

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#5 posted 07-12-2016 10:01 PM

Much better! Thanks for the tip. I had to make them sideways on my phone to post upright on the site.

The saw is a mastercraft. Crappy tire won’t honor the warranty because My receipt is damaged, its faded too much and isn’t readable. Even though they can bring up the transaction on my ct account and compare it to the legible numbers left on the receipt. Friggen arseholes.

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#6 posted 07-12-2016 10:46 PM

I’ve no clue as to how to fix the mitre saw but the part with them not accepting the faded receipt pissed me off enough to make a suggestion.

I have not tried it myself but allegedly holding the receipt under a blacklight flashlight will make it possible to read.

Here’s a link to a youtube video showing it using a $15-20 light being used. Amazon sells many types of them.

Here’s a home made variant also youtube.

As I said I’ve not tried it myself, but I’d give it a shot. Better yet if they sell it where you bought your saw and got to test one of theirs.

I have a feeling it just might work. It won’t fix your saw but it might make the reciept readable and hopefully sort your situation and piss the people at the shop off.

If you try it it would be cool to know how it worked. Hope I’m not giving you false hope. I may be way off here.

-- - Otto

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#7 posted 07-12-2016 11:23 PM

Looks as if the blade isn’t plumb to the deck. Also the blade could be flanged. Worst case toss it and buy a better one now that you know what to look for.

M

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GR8HUNTER

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#8 posted 07-12-2016 11:31 PM

I say sell it at your yard sell … and buy a new one

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 07-13-2016 12:00 AM

Something was wrong in the assembly of the saw from the factory. Even when you tilt the saw it should NOT cut into the throat plate. BUT – are you POSITIVE the blade is installed correctly? It doesn’t wobble, does it? If it does you just don’t have it on there right. If it’s all true than the saw is just a reject and pursue any warranty.

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#10 posted 07-13-2016 12:08 AM

please let us see your new saw when you get it thanks …........LOL

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 07-13-2016 12:12 AM



Something was wrong in the assembly of the saw from the factory. Even when you tilt the saw it should NOT cut into the throat plate. BUT – are you POSITIVE the blade is installed correctly? It doesn t wobble, does it? If it does you just don t have it on there right. If it s all true than the saw is just a reject and pursue any warranty.

- dhazelton

If the blade wobbled so much that it would cut into the throatplate the saw would fly away like a helicopter. I am not even talking about the wood being cut. Since it is still there I guess the blade is fine.

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Kipper

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#12 posted 07-13-2016 12:28 AM

The black light didn’t work but I can see it working on different types of receipts. Thanks for that info.

The saw worked fine all along. It doesn’t wobble or vibrate or anything. It seems sturdy but it just shifted to the right. Like another poster said, it’s not dropping in the right spot on the deck.

Unless my hubby surprises me with a new saw, hopefully a sliding one, I don’t think I’ll be able to show you guys a picture of one because I can’t afford it. Bummer. He doesn’t cut anything that requires precision so he thinks the saw is just fine for his needs. Me, on the other hand, im trying to build some birdhouses with my nieces and i have some crown molding to go up in my daughters room and I’d rather not have to use a bucket of spackling or caulking to fill in the gaps lol.

Thanks guys for the advice and tips. I appreciate it very much. I’m in a tiny town and not even remotely close to someone who knows how to properly use a mitre saw or how to diagnose a problem with one, let alone tune one up.

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runswithscissors

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#13 posted 07-13-2016 01:16 AM

I’m guessing there might be a missing or improperly installed washer or flange. Even more likely if you had the blade off for some reason. When reassembling those things it’s easy to miss a step or reverse components. Unless the saw was dropped (from a considerable height), it shouldn’t go from being okay to not being okay like that.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#14 posted 07-13-2016 01:52 AM

Does your saw do bevel cuts? My Dewalt did the same thing after a few weeks use and it turned out the bevel turn knob on the back came loose and turned the blade like yours. Just loosened it more and tilted the saw straight again and tightened back up.

-- Fb - old homestead working

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Kipper

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#15 posted 07-13-2016 02:31 AM

It’s never been taken apart so I’m not sure if something is missing or not.

No matter how I set the angle or the bevel the saw cuts into the deck in the wrong spot. It should always fall in the middle regardless of the setting I think.

As for being dropped, I don’t think it has been dropped. I can’t say for sure, as there are people coming and going through my garage all of the time but I’m pretty sure someone would mention to me if they tipped my saw over. But you’ve got me thinking now.

Regardless, I need to figure out how to straighten it out since adjustments aren’t going to help, because it looks like crappy tire isn’t going to look at me. So much for a 5 year warranty. CT customers service sucks.

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