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Forum topic by Chrisaherrmann posted 11-13-2016 03:31 AM 457 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chrisaherrmann

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11-13-2016 03:31 AM

Hey guys,

I just picked up a used Craftsman Table saw and brought it home. The saw seemed to run fine when I checked it out, and the first few cuts I made with it were beautiful, but after raising the blade to its maximum height, everything started to fail.

The pulleys on both the arbor and the motor came loose and worked their way to the end of the shafts.

I’ve put everything back together and tightened the set screws, but noticed the whole motor/Trunnion/blade assembly has some play side to side along the tilt access. Lifting up on the motor moves the whole assembly significantly.

I’m concerned I just bought a lemon, but am hopeful there are just some small adjustments and tightening of screws that needs to be done to get it in working order.

Any input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Chris


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toolie

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#1 posted 11-13-2016 03:40 PM

Make sure the motor isn’t tightentened too much. The motor’s weight provides the tensioning of the drive belt. also,go to the sears ed site and get the OM. I havectwo similar saws and they are almost bulletproof once set up correctly. Good luck.

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#2 posted 11-16-2016 02:05 AM

Some Craftsman table saws have a tilt lock. It’s a small lever right up under the table, just above the blade height adjustment wheel. Locking that mechanism should stop the side to side movement. (Don’t forget to release it when you want to tilt the blade.)

Good luck,
Jim

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#3 posted 11-16-2016 03:46 AM

I just picked up a used Craftsman Table saw and brought it home. The saw seemed to run fine when I checked it out, and the first few cuts I made with it were beautiful, but after raising the blade to its maximum height, everything started to fail.

OWWM Rule No. 12: Never assume a machine as received is set up correctly.

Sears sold a lot of different saws, from portable to cabinet, under that brand – so without knowing what you got, it’s hard to say – but from the description, sounds like you need to get in there and tighten some stuff up. Not everyone can or will, but it’s usually a good idea to take any newly purchased used machine apart, clean and lube things up, check consumables (bearings, belts mostly) and do a complete tune-up and re-alignment before using it. It sounds like you just plugged it in and started working with it right off the bat. Unless you are intimately familiar with the machine and it’s maintenance history, that doesn’t usually work out well.

Cheers,
Brad

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