|Forum topic by Scott Oldre||posted 09-14-2016 11:18 PM||542 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
09-14-2016 11:18 PM
So I’ve noticed more burning and jumping of the blade (when it jerks after being wedged too tight) recently on my Craftsman TS I bought new in 2004. Previously I’ve aligned using the Big Hammer and block method on the back trunnion (near motor). I’d loosen the two bolts on the rear trunnion and the left front side looking from motor towards the front of the saw, and smack it till it succumed to my power.
Well, it’s just not succumbing anymore, so I heard so much about the PALS, and the cost, I thought I’d give it a try.
1. Got the PALS and proceeded to install per instructions and found the small 5x.80×25mm socket head screws would and could not reach the trunnion itself.
2. Went to Lowes to get new 5x.80×30mm socket head screws.. The had the. GREAT. Got home and started screwing them in when I realized that there was an un threaded section on the top of the shaft, making the total length of the threaded section identical to the supplied screws. I was screwed.
3. Went to Pop and Son hardware store closer than Lowes..found after much searching a pan head screw with hex with threads all the way to the top. Just to make sure I also picked up a set of stainless screw with (bolt heads w/flats) Tiny flats. The pan heads fit and I started with just the left rear side since I had to push the trunnion to the right to stop the burn. I was out about .012 from rear to front of the blade. So I cranked the left PAL screw in tight against the trunnion as hard as I dared without stripping the aluminum PAL with the SS screw. I got about .0015 from that endeavor.
So now I believe my only option is to loosen the ever elusive front right trunnion screw and manually push/jack/jam/shoove the front trunnion to the left while facing the blade from the rear. I even went out and bought 3 extra extensions for my 3/8 ratchet.
My thinking is that I’m at the limit of the trunnion movement from the back and the only way to get it into alignment is to work the other end first as far as I can to the left, tighten the left front trunnion bolt, and pivot off of that. And of course attempt again from the rear.
So after that long story, has anyone else ever come across this issue, and am I headed in the right direction with the plan to move the front trunnion left when facing it from the rear. I have a lot of wood I want to cut up this weekend, and I’m tried of getting that little bit of twist at the end of the board as it exits the pinch between the blade and fence.
FYI, I am using an Incra TS-LS fence on this contractor saw, and the fence is set perfectly with respect to miter
Thanks for any advice you can give. I’ve watched all the PALs videos and read as many LJ’s and other website forums, but just thought I’d bring this subject up again, since the issue is going beyond the PALS videos.
-- Scott, Irmo SC