|Forum topic by one19||posted 09-28-2016 06:04 PM||870 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
09-28-2016 06:04 PM
OK, I realize there are about a thousand threads on Lumberjocks’ forums about the virtues of and problems with Craftsman contractor saws. I’ve read through most, if not all, of them. I’ve also contributed to many. I’m starting a new thread on a familiar topic because of the degree of my particular problem.
I own a 113.299315 contractor saw, manufactured in 1995 in the US by Emerson for Craftsman. I’ve spent considerable time (if not money) tuning this saw up. This is my second such saw—I bought this saw specifically when it was time for a new one because I had such good experiences with my first one.
I’ve upgraded the fence, rails, and switch, among other things. I built a custom outfeed table and enclosed the cabinet and leg set to control dust. I even replaced the cabinet with a new, perfect edition because the original was a little bowed out and dented.
I’ve also installed the PALS system to help align the blade to the miter slots and there’s my problem… no matter how much I tighten the trunnion bolts and PALS fasteners, the blade eventually goes out of alignment. I’ve spent countless hours getting everything lined up to near perfection, but over time, it’s all out of whack again. I’m sure I’ve installed and adjusted the PALS components correctly and I’ve watched YouTube videos from the manufacturer as well as users. Again, I can get the blade aligned to parallel with miter slots. But it won’t stay that way. It always shifts to the right, from the perspective of the motor end of the saw.
Should I start looking for another trunnion/arbor assembly? I changed it out once because the original was damaged when I bought the saw. Perhaps there’s an issue with the replacement that I didn’t detect.
Am I forgetting something? Is there anyone here who has experienced the same kind of thing?
Before anyone makes the suggestion, I can’t go buy a new Powermatic or Jet or even the Delta that Lowe’s sells for $600. I’m on a limited budget. I’m also the kind of guy who likes to fix things and make them last for years. I’d really like to figure something out here but I’m at a loss.
Thanks, people! I always appreciate your advice…