Flex-drive in table saws

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Forum topic by Viktor posted 12-16-2011 06:53 PM 1421 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2011 06:53 PM

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Are flex-drives often used on Craftsman saws reliable components? Seems like a convenient way to transfer power, but there must be a reason it has not become industry standard. Big transfer losses (friction)? What is the downside? If you used it, did it serve you well? The question is about flex-drive only, not the saw itself.

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 07:21 PM

The drives are more costly, if they break, to replace than a belt.

I have a handheld flex drive that attaches to a radial arm saw auxiliary
arbor and it is a pretty cool thing for handheld use. A big dental
handpiece essentially. About 30” long.

The drive is quite severely curved in the Craftsman saws and this
may lead to breakage.

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 11:32 PM

Not overly reliable, ~ $60-$80 to fix. I think the belt drive saws are a better investment.

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