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Forum topic by csalomon87 posted 11-17-2016 08:45 PM 536 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2016 08:45 PM

Hello Everyone!

This is my first time posting here!
My neighbor is a contractor who rehabs houses. He had a Craftsman 315.228310 10 inch table saw. Since, last winter I had done some snow removal work for him, he gave me the saw for $50 recently. (He has a portable table saw he uses at his jobsites). Attached at the photos from before and after me cleaning it. The top was pretty rusty and still had the original stickers on the top, but no writing. The bevel lock handle snapped off when he was using it, just the handle (I can still tighten it otherwise), but everything else works well and is in pretty decent shape (Except a lot of dust to blow out). The fence is a Align-a-Rip 24/12 fence. He also had the dust collection bag still in the box and never used.

Here are the things that I have added to it:
Leecraft CR-1 ZCI
Diablo 10-inch 60 tooth Combination Blade with a .090 Kerf.
Wixley Digital Angle Gauge
New Pulley and link belt kit from In-line industries (waiting to hear back from them as to when its going to be shipped).

My questions are…How did I do as far as with the saw and price? Also, I had noticed that when I started to tilt the blade, when the blade gets closer to 45, the box on the side of the bevel wheel starts to bend inward at the bottom. Is that normal? Also, when I did my ZCI, the blade does catch on the ZCI when it is spinning. I noticed that there’s a lot of vibration with the auto belt that I got from him. Will the link belt and new pulleys help with that? (In the photo below, it does look like the pulleys are aligned, but when I put a straight edge against them, the motor pulley is out a little bit. I tried to tap it to move it, but it wouldnt budge after I took the set screw out).


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#1 posted 11-17-2016 09:08 PM

The link belt and pulleys will help if they’re the culprit of the vibration. The belt is the most likely candidate, but better pulleys won’t hurt anything. If they don’t solve the problem, I’d look to the bearings next.

The 60T Diablo blade is a good addition. I’d also consider adding a 24T D1024X or the Irwin Marples equivalent (not the Marathon).

It wouldn’t hurt to look around for some cheap cast iron wings, but for you’ve spent your money wisely IMO, and have harvested the low hanging fruit. The fence should be ok. Maybe add a miter gauge upgrade or a crosscut sled.


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