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Forum topic by TTA posted 02-18-2008 02:57 PM 898 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TTA

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02-18-2008 02:57 PM

I have a very old Craftsman tablesaw. It works very well, but once I tilt the blade I can’t get the blade to go back to 90 degrees. It comes very close, but not to a complete 90. How can I solve this?Thanks!

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Dadoo

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#1 posted 02-18-2008 03:21 PM

Clean it out. Sawdust powder gets into every nook and cranny especially down in the gear area where it sticks to the shaft grease. You’ll find that it’s binding upon it’s return. Remember also to hit the parts the motor slides on as well. These also clog up over a period of time.

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#2 posted 02-18-2008 03:28 PM

A couple of things come to mind. First check and see if you have any rust or sawdust buildup on the gears or track that prevent the blade from coming back to 90 degrees. Secondly check the bracket of the threaded bevel rod. The sheet metal that goes into these saws is fairly thin and easily bent. If you aren’t careful you can actually force the threaded rod through the bracket if you over tighten it. These are the easy ones to address. There are others, bent arbor, warped blade etc but I would rule out the most obvious ones first.

Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 02-18-2008 03:55 PM

I’m not familiar with the Craftsman, but my Delta has a 90 degree adjustment in the table top. Perhaps the Craftsman has a adjustment somewhere also. I would blow all the dust out of the gears and other mechanisms and lube it up first though as suggested.

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#4 posted 02-18-2008 05:09 PM

My old saw had the same problem. As they say above, it’s sawdust plugging things up.

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#5 posted 02-18-2008 06:35 PM

Woodchuck does have a point. On some Craftsman saws there is a 90 degree stop. It is a 4 mm set screw located on the left side of the blade. I had forgotten about it since I don’t think I have ever had to use it. But I would make sure that sawdust is not the problem first before adjusting the stop.

By the way there should be 45 degree stop on the right of the blade as well.

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