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Forum topic by startingfromscratch posted 04-04-2011 05:49 PM 1054 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2011 05:49 PM

I bought a used Craftsman tablesaw a couple years ago, it was finely tuned with an aftermarket fence and a forrest woodworker 2 blade. It beautifully.

Last weekend, working on a project, I forgot the saw blade was up about three inches and gave the fence a hard shove to get it out of the way from the other side. When it didn’t move, I gave it another shove, not realizing it was hung up by the saw blade.

Now…the saw doesn’t cut well at all. It seems to want to bind up toward the far side of the blade. It is also not cutting square.

Couple of questions…any chance I just bent the blade? I assume if that’s the case, it means replacement. Any chance I bent the arbor? If I did…does that usually mean replacing the whole saw? I don’t have a ton of funds, and don’t have any of the fancy tuning gear I’ve seen. Any help getting this saw back to working order?

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 06:00 PM

You probably didn’t hurt the arbor
My guess is you my have bent the blade little ,or most very likely you knocked your rip fence out alignment
Check to see if fence is parallel with miter slot
If,,If ,you bent the arbor you can get arbor assembly , even for older saw

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 06:07 PM

You might have two issues; you may have moved the fence out of square and you almost certainly shifted the trunion, based on your issue with the saw not cutting square. First, check if the fence is parallel to the miter slot. Then, check for trunnion alignment. Mark a tooth on the blade with a Sharpie, rotate the blade so the marked tooth is at the front of the opening. Measure with as much accuracy as you can the distance between the side of the tooth and the miter slot; the actual dimension isn’t important, but you will compare the distance to the same measurement taken with the marked tooth at the back of the blade opening. These distances should be within 0.003” or less, ideally. Assuming the blade is no longer parallel to the miter slot, you’ll need to adjust it. This procedure will vary with the saw.

IMO, it is unlikely you bent the blade, and nearly impossible that you bent the arbor.

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 06:12 PM

I agree with mnguy. The best bet would be to go through the alignment procedures particular to your saw and fence. Most likely you have just forced something(s) out of proper adjustment.

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

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 07:50 PM

Have you been able to diagnose and fix your alignment / binding problem?

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