How often do you align your table saw?

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03-21-2012 08:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question alignment table saw

Just want to get a sense of how often everyone aligns their TS. I’ve never done it but I’ve also never owned a nice saw that was adjustable. Watched some videos of how to do it and got me thinking.

So how often do you align your TS?

-- Joe Kwon

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 09:34 PM

I check it every 3-6 months. Only needed to redo it once.

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#2 posted 03-21-2012 09:37 PM

hmm…once when I bought it a year ago, and never since. Reminds me that I probably should sometime soon…

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 09:40 PM

I aligned my little contractor saw when I first set it up. I check it when I change blades, or load it on the truck for a move. Only had to re-align once(in twelve years, after my helper dropped his end).

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 09:48 PM

Boy, I can’t even tell you how long I’ve had my Unisaw, 15 years? Might see if I can look that up. But to answer your question, never. I check it ever so often but never had to align it again.

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#5 posted 03-21-2012 10:01 PM

Depends on how many other people use it. AND how rough people are on it. I rarely let others on my good saw. I check it if I have to move it. Rarely do I have to make any adjustments. If its cutting smooth and straight…..WHY FIX IT.

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#6 posted 03-21-2012 10:39 PM

When I notice it’s not cutting square. This hasn’t been
an issue with my present saw at all.

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#7 posted 03-21-2012 10:42 PM

Pretty much like the others, check it every few months but very seldom do I have to adjust it.

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#8 posted 03-21-2012 10:50 PM

I’ve never had to do anything to mine once I got it set up, adjusted, and alighned from the get-go….My saw never moves, and it’s dead-on accurate on every cut…..It’s been in the same spot going on 3 years.. I bought it in 2009, moved it in, and that’s it…...Rock solid, and dead-on….Actually both of my saws are like that since I’ve got them back-to-back wdith an outfeed between them…...they are there to stay…..!!!

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#9 posted 03-22-2012 12:17 AM

As you may have guessed from the answers above, you align it as needed. Checking it is another matter :)

I check mine with a gauge about every 6 months, but any time you suspect something might be out of whack you should check.

Typically, once properly aligned the saw itself should not go out unless you move it a lot or some other unusual occurrence happens.

The fence can more easily go out and should be checked frequently.



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#10 posted 03-22-2012 12:25 AM

I check mine when ever I change saw blades.I have adjusted it twice in 15 yrs.

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#11 posted 03-22-2012 12:28 AM

From the looks of the responses. A good table will not go out of alignment if it’s not whacked or moved too much. That’s good to know. I’m going to be doing all the alignments soon on my project and wanted to gauge how much one of those alignment tools would come in hand. I guess I’ll be skipping the alignment tool!

-- Joe Kwon

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#12 posted 03-22-2012 12:58 AM

Joe – no fancy tools needed. A simple combination square can be used. Just place the short edge in the miter slot and line up the end of the rule with the blade and run it back and forth sliding in the miter slot. Distance to the blade should be constant. Turn it around and measure from the miter slot to the fence. You’re not looking for the absolute distance, just the variation along the length of the fence. It takes only a couple of minutes to do this check and while not super precise, if the rule comes away from the fence or the blade at all, you’ll know it.

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#13 posted 03-22-2012 01:12 AM

I aligned my old Crapsman just once in 20 years. I now have a used Ridgid 4511 which I am restoring.

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#14 posted 03-22-2012 01:32 AM

I aligned once….check it every now and then.

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#15 posted 03-22-2012 01:36 AM

Good timing. I checked mine a couple of days ago. After about 18 months of usage it hadn’t changed. I did have to make a small adjustment to my sliding compound miter saw – after 3 years. Of course me being the genius that I am I checked them both and after checking them bought new blades. Now I get to do it again.

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