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Forum topic by icapture posted 11-30-2016 03:22 AM 619 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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icapture

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11-30-2016 03:22 AM

Hey guys,

I must be doing something wrong here.

I have watched:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJQ6FaOe8LY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9OeVk8-Y3M&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpg39Lbwpu0

System seems simple enough, but the problem I think I am running into is that the trunion seems to be maxing out. The allen bolt on the PALS system is maxxing out (which tells me the trunion has no more room to move) and I have also totally loosened the PALS system and just moved the loose truion over fully and the back of the blade still doesn’t get to where it needs to be. I am still 1/50” away from where I need to be. FAR from the 1/100”0 to 4/1000”~ I should be at.

The blade is true.

No youtube videos that I have seen really explain what to do when you find yourself in this situation. Do you guys know of anything?

I felt that there are bolts for the trunion closest to the blade height adjustment wheel (front of the saw), I loosened one of those slightly to see if that would help move it, but didn’t have much luck. Didn’t want to go aimlessly loosening bolts for fear of REALLY jacking up the alignment of the saw (I speak from experience.)




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mike02130

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#1 posted 11-30-2016 12:38 PM

I only glanced at the video. Not familiar with the pals gizmo. I had a similar situation with my Delta. I ended up loosening the two nuts on the trunion(?), Facing out of the back of the saw then tapped it one way or another with a mallet which did the trick.

-- Google first, search forums second, ask questions later.

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icapture

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#2 posted 11-30-2016 05:21 PM



I only glanced at the video. Not familiar with the pals gizmo. I had a similar situation with my Delta. I ended up loosening the two nuts on the trunion(?), Facing out of the back of the saw then tapped it one way or another with a mallet which did the trick.

- mike02130

Yes, that is what the video’s recommend. The problem is that I need to tap the trunion to the right and it won’t go anymore right. I am going to mess with it some more today, but if anyone has any ideas I am open to suggestions. I will report back if I figure it out for anyone in the future running into this problem.

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Loren

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#3 posted 11-30-2016 05:58 PM

Remove the trunnion and elongate the slots
with a rat-tail file. I have done this a couple
of times on table saws.

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icapture

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#4 posted 11-30-2016 06:19 PM


Remove the trunnion and elongate the slots
with a rat-tail file. I have done this a couple
of times on table saws.

- Loren

Sounds like fun to me! Thanks Loren. Didn’t think about that technique.

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johnstoneb

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#5 posted 11-30-2016 07:29 PM

Unlock and just break loose the angle adjusting wheel. On the older sears saws that adjustment needs to be unlocked or you can’t move the trunnion.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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icapture

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#6 posted 11-30-2016 08:31 PM


Unlock and just break loose the angle adjusting wheel. On the older sears saws that adjustment needs to be unlocked or you can t move the trunnion.

- johnstoneb

I’m not sure I understand what your saying. The angle adjustment wheel has a lock on it, just make sure that is unlocked? Because mine was and still no bueno. The trunion moves, just not enough.

Whats strange, like really strange, is that no where in the manual do I see a walk through on how to adjust the blade to the miter slot:

http://www.mikestools.com/download/DeltaTableSawManuals/36-650.pdf

I’m going to make the oval on the trunion larger, I’m sure that will work. When it doubt remove metal.

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icapture

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#7 posted 12-01-2016 09:43 PM

Well, resolved the issue. The mounting holes in the rear trunion were not large enough. Drilled out the holes to 1/2” (largest bit I had) and then took a bit more material off with a dremel tool (with this bit http://el34world.com/Misc/bike/images/dremel.jpg)

For those wondering if perhaps the front trunion was installed incorrectly, I adjusted it as well and it made no difference. Removing material seems to be the only fix.

Saw blade is now in perfect alignment with the miter slot. Strange that Deltas quality control didn’t catch this.

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