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Forum topic by Hopdevil posted 05-13-2010 06:37 PM 915 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Hopdevil

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05-13-2010 06:37 PM

Well life continues to be ‘interesting’....

I was excited about a load of walnut I got the other day and was looking forward to using it. Before I started though I had been having trouble with my Freud dado blades. Just using the 2 outer blades for a 1/4” cut, I was getting these strange little shoulders in the bottom of the cut. I decided to take the blades and a sample to my local (Harrisburg, PA) Woodcraft store where I bought the blades and see if they had any suggestions. Well Ray got on the phone (Thanks Ray!) and called his Freud rep who was killing time in an airport somewhere. Anyway, he asked me what kind of table saw I have. I told him it was a craftsman (See the pics from the project I posted).
He said this is a known issue with craftsman table saws. The threads on the arbor closest to the blades wear down over time preventing the dado blades from being perfectly aligned. I came home and looked closely at the arbor and sure enough… they are worn. So I went ahead and ordered a new arbor from sears along with new bearings. I figure as long as I am in there, I might as well change those too.

I am really not looking forward to taking this beast apart, but I don’t have the money for a new cabinet saw at this time. Of course taking it apart will probably be easier than putting it back together and aligning it from scratch.

Has anybody else ever replaced the arbor on one of these things before? Any words of wisdom?

Thanks in advance!

Buzz

-- Buzz ---- Fare Thee Well!


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 07-23-2010 11:49 PM

How did the rebuild go? I have a Craftsman saw as well but have not had that problem (yet!).

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 12:16 AM

The rebuild went fine, once I decided to follow the instructions. I actually went through 2 arbors since I was trying to do things quickly (always a bad idea). The first time I tried to do it without removing the whole arbor housing. It was tricky due to the location of the snap ring holding it in place. I tried to cheat and press the bearing in place using various methods and ended up bending the arbor plate. Anyway I finally was able to remove the arbor assembly thanks to this http://www.benchnotes.com/ArborBearings/arborbearing.html as well as the parts diagram on the sears parts site. Once I did that, pressing the arbor through the new bearing went fine.
My only issue with the new arbor is that it about a 1/16 of an inch thinner than the old one, so I have to re-do my Zero Clearance Inserts I had, they aren’t zero clearance any more!
Good luck with yours and be patient!

-- Buzz ---- Fare Thee Well!

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#3 posted 07-25-2010 04:47 AM

I think I am going to save up the scratch and get a saw that will take the full dado stack on the arbor, mine TS will only just do 3/4 inch and only if the wind is in the right direction. I think I have Jenn on board for buying a new saw, now we just have to find one in our price range.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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