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05-26-2017 07:30 PM

I bought a ridgid TS24001 on Craigslist a while back and for the life of me I can’t get the blade square to the miter slots. I have spent hours over many days and I cannot get it much below a 1/16th of an inch difference from front to back of the blade. I just don’t know what else I can do. The saw itself is in absolutely primo shape. It has barely been used but I just can’t get it aligned.

Does anyone have this saw or can offer me any info that I might be overlooking?


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#1 posted 05-26-2017 07:35 PM

Sometimes contractor saws can benefit from
filing the adjustment slots of the trunnions.

I’ve done this a couple of times on saws.

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#2 posted 05-26-2017 07:44 PM

I think that needs to happen but I’ve done anything like that before. Any advice on the best way to do that?

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#3 posted 05-26-2017 07:48 PM

You would need to remove the trunnions
one at a time and open up the slots using
a round file.

A length of wood wedged under the arbor
assembly can keep it in place until the
trunnion is replaced.

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#4 posted 05-26-2017 08:14 PM

Would filing the trunnions help with making the blade 90 degrees to the table? After loosening the 90 degree set screw i can get my blade in the right spot but once I start tightening the set screw, the blade just tilts right back to where it was. Around 2 degrees out of square!

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#5 posted 05-26-2017 08:25 PM

no.

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#6 posted 05-26-2017 08:35 PM

Now you know why it was such a ‘bargain’ . . . Caveat emptor

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#7 posted 05-26-2017 08:38 PM



You would need to remove the trunnions
one at a time and open up the slots using
a round file.

A length of wood wedged under the arbor
assembly can keep it in place until the
trunnion is replaced.

- Loren

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#8 posted 05-26-2017 08:40 PM

Could it be that the table has a twist in it? I would check for flatness.
It would not be the first time a contractor’s saw took a tumble off the tailgate. (Sometimes on the freeway)

My 2 cents

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#9 posted 05-26-2017 08:41 PM



I bought a ridgid TS24001 on Craigslist a while back and for the life of me I can t get the blade square to the miter slots. I have spent hours over many days and I cannot get it much below a 1/16th of an inch difference from front to back of the blade. I just don t know what else I can do. The saw itself is in absolutely primo shape. It has barely been used but I just can t get it aligned.

Does anyone have this saw or can offer me any info that I might be overlooking?

- jtrz


I have the same saw. Bought it new about 20 years ago. Blade adjustment by always a bear . I Added a couple of washers to each bolt and some white lithium grease and would use a clamp on the trunion when tightening the bolts. Ended up adding saw pals. ALL is good

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#10 posted 05-26-2017 09:37 PM

Kurt,

Did you ever run into problems getting blade square to the table? The only way to keep it square is to not tighten the set screw which I’m sure would not be a good idea.

I see how I can clamp the front trunnion but how do you clamp the rear trunnion?

As far as twist goes, I don’t notice anything like that. Everything is pretty flat and there is really no damage at all on the saw. I can just tell by looking at this thing that it has only seen very light duty work.

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#11 posted 05-26-2017 09:42 PM

Kurts saw is different if it is 17 years old (year they came out) I have the original TS 2400 and it is different than the newer Chinese models. Inspect where the bolt tightens and see if it is crushed out some from over tightening. If it is, you can take it apart and file it flat so it doesn’t pull the alignment back to the same place each time. These saws are aluminum and easy to crush the brackets and frame when tightening bolts.

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#12 posted 05-26-2017 09:47 PM

Which bolt are you referring to? I am pretty sure this saw is at least 12 years old.

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#13 posted 05-26-2017 09:53 PM

You stated that you can adjust it straight but it pulls back out of adjustment when you tighten it, right? Where are you located?

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#14 posted 05-26-2017 09:55 PM

Do they make PALS for your model saw? I added those to my previous Craftsman saw and they worked great for alignment.

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#15 posted 05-26-2017 10:09 PM

Saw pals are for contractor saws not these portable saws.

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