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spunwood

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11-21-2010 04:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

I just finished putting a homemade mdf zero clearance insert into the factory insert. It looks great. But I noticed before I put it in that at very slow speeds, if I spin the arbor, it makes a light clicking noise. Is this a problem? Possible reasons:

1. Cold weather?

2. I had trouble with the arbor lock…it kept slipping…maybe it is broken?

3.Normal sound for a saw when winding down (quiet clicking sound)?

4. I did not install the blade just right?

Any thoughts? Should I let sleeping dogs lie?

Seems to be working fine.

Thanks

Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 11-21-2010 04:49 PM

Does it make the clicking even if you take out the insert?

The last time I installed a ZCI, it seemed like one tooth of the blade was dragging on each rotation. It took a while to “break in” to the point where it no longer made any noise.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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spunwood

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#2 posted 11-21-2010 04:52 PM

Yes, it is still making th sound even without the insert.

Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 11-21-2010 05:01 PM

Well, there goes my one and only theory. :-)

Personally, I would just take a wait-and-see approach. If it starts to get louder, then I would definitely want to know what is going on.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-21-2010 05:07 PM

Try the process of elimination – Remove the blade guard and try – then remove the blade and try – then remove the belt and try – But first UNPLUG THE SAW and the rotate the blade by hand and see if you can make the noise – Let us know how this works !!!

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MedicKen

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#5 posted 11-21-2010 05:11 PM

A little more info is needed. Is this a direct drive saw or belt driven? Does the clicking noise coincide with the rpm of the arbor? What I mean is does the clicking speed increase and decrease with the arbor speed. One other thought is that it could be the centrifigual switch in the motor, which would be normal to hear a clicking sound as the motor winds down after shutting off.

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#6 posted 11-21-2010 07:02 PM

spunwood- I have heard a clicking sound before and it was the set screw on the motor pulley or the blade pulley. If those are tight then it must be something else. Hope this helps—-bob

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#7 posted 11-21-2010 09:21 PM

Thanks guys! The noise mysteriously went away. I will hope it stays that way. I bet it was the cold weather (it warmed up today).

No I am left wondering why I am getting tapered cuts. When I am ripping, say a 22” long piece of wood, it changes by around an 1/8” from the one end to the other.

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#8 posted 11-21-2010 11:52 PM

You have an alignment problem … check the blade/miter track alignment first, then check the miter track/fence alignment. It won’t hurt if the end of the fence (opposite the operator) is a few thousands off so long as the variance is away from the blade.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 11-22-2010 02:00 AM

I’ll try to align it. Thanks.

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#10 posted 11-22-2010 08:35 PM

I had something similar happen to my saw. For me it was the pulleys. I replaced them with these, problem solved.

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