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11-08-2010 04:55 PM

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I have a delta contractors saw that is 2 yrs old and recently when attempting a 45 Degree cut for a picture frame. I began to have trouble keeping the angle consistant. After rechecking for the 4th time I discovered that the handle meant for locking the gauge in place would not tighten completly. Turning it I could feel it start to tighten then go loose and just spin.
I know it is time to get a new one but I was wondering if anyone has some suggestions on how to correct this problem. The threads do not appear to be stripped. I was thinking of trying to place a small nut secured with CA gllue and see if that will correct the problem so I can finish this project while waiting for the new Incra gauge

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 05:06 PM

Not to discourage you, but I’ve never found a original miter gauge with a TS that was any good. Personally, I really like the Osborne OB-3. I switched to it after using an Incra for years.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 05:10 PM

Norm Abrams and I both recommend the Osborne B as well. <g>

Consider it an upgrade to your current saw regardless of the brand.

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 06:30 PM

I concur.

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 06:35 PM

It sounds like the handle is stripped. Is the handle plastic? If so, you might consider drilling it out and using a heli-coil inside the handle to basically re-thread the locking handle.

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 07:32 PM

Yep, suck it up and get the Osborne, you’ll never be sorry.

-- Joe

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 07:36 PM

I have the same saw as you do, but mine came with the newer virsion miter gauge. Any way’s mine has a metal handle, so I think I agree with Medicken, that the handle is stripped, I would call delta and see if you can the part.

Thanks, MIchael Frey
Portland. OR


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#7 posted 11-09-2010 02:35 AM

Thanks for all the advice. I have not hear of the Osborne. Where can I get a look at one?

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#8 posted 11-09-2010 02:58 AM

I happen to like the Incra miter gauges but the Osbornes are excellent. Check out I think Woodcraft sells them also.

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#9 posted 11-09-2010 03:45 AM

Throw the plastic knob away and find a metal wingnut that fits your threads !

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#10 posted 11-09-2010 02:50 PM

Thanks araldite
I will check it out

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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