Craftsman 10" Table Saw Question

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Forum topic by thelt posted 09-10-2011 11:09 PM 2345 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2011 11:09 PM

My saw is really old. At least 20 Yrs. I have found and re-installed the blade guard (close encounter of the digit kind). Didn’t get injured, but came real close. Enough to say some cuss words.

Question – How do I realign the blade guard where the riving knife is aligned with the blade properly?

Here’s what I have right now (first picture is not very good but I tried to take the pick with the blade and guard)

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#1 posted 09-10-2011 11:13 PM

It looks like the guard is for a 10” cabinet saw?

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#2 posted 09-10-2011 11:17 PM

I don’t believe that I’ve ever seen that kind of guard on a Craftsman TS. IIRC, the one I had had elongated holes so the guard and splitter could be aligned with the blade.

The Craftsman website should have the owners manual for your saw and will show you the stock blade guard/splitter. Plug in the model number from the motor to find your saw.

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#3 posted 09-10-2011 11:22 PM

I have that exact guard on my Craftsman TS. I take two very straight pieces of wood, clamp them to the blade and insert the splitter between them and tighten the bolts to it. Not very scientific but it works well.

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#4 posted 09-11-2011 12:47 AM

For clarity, your saw has a traditional splitter, not a riving knife. There should be some adjustments at the back. Lay a straight edge parallel with the blade and splitter, and adjust so everything lines up as closely as possible. It should look something like this in the back:

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#5 posted 09-11-2011 01:38 AM

Remember to align it so it doesn’t interfere with making the cuts. When my saw was still wearing the guard my biggest problem was getting it aligned so the kerf was centered and the wood passing it did not hit it and stop especially when I was using my thin kerf blade..

Also, once you get it in the proper spot, I suggest making some type of mark to tell you where to replace it when you have to remove it for Dados or simple grooves like you’d make in a box for spline corners.

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#6 posted 09-11-2011 09:26 AM

I have that same guard on my saw from the late 70s. It is a bit of a PIA!!

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#7 posted 09-11-2011 01:42 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. There are adjustment slots in where it mounts to the saw. I just wasn’t sure how to align it.

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 05:23 AM

I have same setup and I just twek the splitter to where it is lined up.

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#9 posted 02-18-2012 03:56 AM

Hey Knotscott – is that saw for real? It looks to clean.

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#10 posted 02-18-2012 04:04 AM

Call me crazy, but I toke the splitter and guard off of my table saw and still using it that way for many years. The guard on the Crapsman table saw was a big issue for me. I also updated my fence, and yes the fence increased the acuracy. It upgraded my crapsman to a craftsman table saw.

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