relocated bevel handwheel on contractor saw

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Forum topic by toolie posted 02-29-2012 12:32 AM 1439 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-29-2012 12:32 AM

after seeing this done to a ridgid 4511 by another poster on this forum, i thought i’d see if it could be done to an old fashioned contractor saw. here are the results:

the genesis of this project was the first rate work done by paul stoops in his blog on modifications to his ridgid 4511 hybrid TS:

i followed paul’s description closely, with one change. to connect the RA drive unit that forms the hub of the drive train to the handwheel, i had a local machinist turn one end of the 9” long 1/2” connecting shaft down from 1/2” to 3/8’ while tapping the other end to receive the handwheel. the components of the drive train can be seen in the first picture.

the relocation works quite well. it bevels quite easily to ~ 30 degrees, when the weight of the motor hanging off the back of the saw necesitates additional force to increase the bevel angle. an unexpected result of the modification is an almost complete elimination of any “lash” in the bevel linkage. movement is smooth and, if i could use a larger handwheel, would result in reduced effort to effect increases in the bevel angle.

it really is nice not having to contort myself to reach the bevel handwheel while watching the wixey digital angle cube i use to set the blade angles. my thanks again to paul stoops for developing the application and documenting it so well in his blog on the modifications to his 4511. paul’s patience with, and receptiveness to, questions was much appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 02:34 AM

Great job, Toolie! I really like the “industrial” look of your drive train components. I think it’s great that you were able to find different components than the ones I used—more than one way to skin a cat , huh! I’m glad to hear that it worked out so well for you. You did a really nice job on this mod. I hope it will inspire other folks to make a similar mod to their table saws. It sure makes operating the saw more enjoyable. Somehow it fascinates me that you can use the right angle drive in this manner without supporting it except at the ends—sure works great, tho!

I’m glad I was able to offer some assistance in answering your questions—one of the great benefits of such a generous woodworking community as LJ!

Hope to see more of your projects. Keep up the good work.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 04:53 AM

I read Paul’s entire blog. When I first purchased my new to me C’man contractor TS, this mod was one of the first things that entered my mind. I’m looking forward to doing this same mod to my TS

Nice job!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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