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Forum topic by AM420 posted 12-05-2018 05:28 PM 295 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AM420

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12-05-2018 05:28 PM

Chalk it up to a newbie mistake: when I first bought this saw I never thought to check and be sure the angle will go all the way to 45 degrees. I needed it for the first time this past weekend when I was making some french cleats, and made the discovery that it won’t go all the way to 45. With some extreme persuasion I can get it to within 1 to 0.5 degrees, but that’s it.

I checked all around underneath and can’t find anything keeping the saw from pivoting. I thought I’d ask around here to see if this is a common problem with a good solution.

Thanks.


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#1 posted 12-05-2018 05:44 PM

I’m not familiar with that particular saw but on most saws there is an adjustable stop that is used to fine tune the position of the blade so you don’t have to check it every time you change the cutting angle. On my DeWalt chop saw it is a threaded bolt with a lock nut. I would look for something like that on you saw.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-05-2018 05:49 PM

^^what he said.
Also, you don’t have to have 45 for cleats just use the two halves as they’re cut. Blade could be 39.75 degrees, won’t matter

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AM420

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#3 posted 12-07-2018 01:46 PM

I don’t see any stop for it, and the only thing the manual mentions about setup for the bevel is to adjust it so the blade is square to the table. Nothing about a 45 degree stop or adjustment there.

The problem will be when I do need to make an accurate 45 degree bevel eventually and can’t do it with my saw that should. It’s annoying to pay a lot of money for something and have a basic feature not working right.

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#4 posted 12-07-2018 02:23 PM

Check for impacted sawdust around the tilt stop. It doesn’t take much to prevent the tilt from going all the way to 45°.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#5 posted 12-07-2018 02:55 PM

See page 7 of the manual (BEVEL STOP AND POINTER ADJUSTMENT (FIG. 19, 20)). The bevel stop setting screws are to either side of the height adjustment knob. If you don’t still have your manual, I was able to find it online.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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AM420

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#6 posted 12-07-2018 06:28 PM


See page 7 of the manual (BEVEL STOP AND POINTER ADJUSTMENT (FIG. 19, 20)). The bevel stop setting screws are to either side of the height adjustment knob. If you don t still have your manual, I was able to find it online.

- Lazyman

I did see that, but seems to be to set the stop for 90 degree, which I have already set, and when I try to turn to 45 degree it won’t go all the way up. Not sure how messing with that some more will get me to 45 degrees, but I’ll mess with it when I get home.

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