Craftex CX 208 riving knife adjustment (same as Stallion T1002 and Magnum or General 50-200)

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Forum topic by Goodsh posted 03-18-2017 09:57 PM 1084 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2017 09:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw set up riving knife

Anyone have one of these and set it up? I’m having difficulties with the riving knife alignment. It came about 1/4 inch (maybe 3/8) out of alignment – to the left of the blade. Of the four set screws the two bottom ones are tough to access and one of them is nearly impossible. It almost seems like the entire dust shroud needs to come off just to access it. There’s also two cap screws that I think need to be loosened (?) but the bottom one doesn’t seem accessible without possibly removing the locking lever. Any tips? Or does this just need a lot of patience.

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#1 posted 03-18-2017 11:56 PM

Some good pics might help….

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#2 posted 02-02-2018 11:34 PM

Hi Goodsh did you fix your riving knife problem? what do you think about crafted cx208 table saw? will you buy it again? Thanks, Yuriy.

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#3 posted 02-04-2018 01:42 AM

Yes, riving knife issue was mostly user error although it is tough to get hands in there to adjust things.

I’d say I’m pretty happy. I plan on doing a review one of these days after a bit more use. 7.5 or 8 out of 10 I’d say so far and is comparable to other similar saws available in Canada. It’s a huge step up from my old contractor saw. Reality is that it’s an intro level hybrid cabinet saw so it’s not going to be perfect. Fit and finish is okay (ex: there’s some paint on one bevel edge of the top, the front and back of the top are beveled for some reason). The table is within tolerance for flat (better than .01” although there is a tiny ridge where one wing meets the main table that doesn’t affect use). Instructions are weak, assembly was a bit annoying because bolts and holes didn’t line up well so it took some trial and error to do it. I could only get two of four bolts for the back rail but it’s good enough. I called customer support to ask about assembly and the guy was pretty much useless.

The mitre slots were parallel to the blade when I got it and with some minor adjustment the fence it has stayed true. It locks down well and without deflection.

Blade height and bevel adjustments are smooth and lock in place very well.

Dust collection is pretty good with my 1.5 hp collector but there are some openings on the saw to block off. The cabinet is not sealed all the way to the bottom side of the top. I plan on closing it off with some spray foam insulation and I think that will help with air flow and improve dust collection

I saw it’s on sale right now at $1500. That’s what I got it for a year ago and the guy told me then that the sale ended in a week. It immediately went on sale for $1500 again after that. I think the regular price is basically fake. It’s pretty much always on sale for $1500. I wouldn’t consider it to be a $2000 saw. (For American friends I should point out I’m taking Canadian dollars).

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