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Forum topic by Metrotek posted 03-31-2012 10:58 PM 778 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Metrotek

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03-31-2012 10:58 PM

The insert on my new Craftsman [which is obviously the same as my broken Ryobi] table saw sits below the surface of the stamped steel table; does anyone know how to correct this? The insert is a piece of #12 [?] gauge steel itself. It’s dangerous because as I come across the saw it bumps on the difference in height between the insert and the table climbing out, let alone detracting from what little accuracy can be obtained with this cheap piece of equipment generally. There are no adjustment screws; it’s too thin.
Help please….

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe


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bent

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 11:20 PM

how far is it off? can you put some tape on the bottom of the insert to shim it up?

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MT_Stringer

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#2 posted 03-31-2012 11:27 PM

I discovered a whole box of shims in the drawer of my work bench. They are tin caps used in roofing!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 12:08 AM

The flanged area is barely 3/16” in width and it is off right at 1/16” in height to produce quite a bump. I even looked under the table to see if I might be able to rig something with adjustable Allen’s or similar. I rarely tilt my saw so it wouldn’t be a problem in this regard. Perhaps I should add a self-adhesive layer of some thin polymer to the top of the insert?

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 12:18 AM

How thin is it? You could always make a new insert out of some hardwood. I have a craftsman as well it uses small tabs on the insert that you can bend down to adjust the height.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 02:38 AM

I used the tape shim idea on my old Ryobi and it worked fine or make a new insert. Search “table saw inserts as there have been a lot of posts here.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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