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lieutenantdan

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850 days ago

Prior to replacing the granite top on my restored 4511, out of curiousity I performed the “nickel test”. It passed with flying colors. I placed the nickel on each of the four table top mounting points and there was no noticeable movement. Does this mean anything or is it only relevant after the table top is on the saw?

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Brandon

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#1 posted 849 days ago

Well, I imagine it’s a good sign. Once you add the top it will have even more mass and vibrate less, I think.

Just curious, are you putting a new top on the saw or an old one?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Sawkerf

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#2 posted 849 days ago

The nickel test only means that the rotating parts are running smoothly enough to cause almost no vibration. I’ve seen it done after tuning up engines, too.

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#3 posted 849 days ago

To me, it means you still have at least SOME money.

Today, that’s a pretty good thing !

-- -- Neil

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mveach

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#4 posted 849 days ago

I have a PC table saw from lowe’s that I can stand a dime on edge, start the saw and then turn it off and when the blade stops, the dime is still standing. The saw is stock.

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davidroberts

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#5 posted 849 days ago

I have a Grizzly TS I can stand a toothpick on while sawing 8/4 red oak and beating the cabinet with a dead drop hammer. Amazing! Really? Shucks, Naw…

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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mveach

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#6 posted 848 days ago

A picture is worth

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davidroberts

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#7 posted 848 days ago

So now I guess I need to go find my camera, and a scrap of 8/4 red oak. I think I know where I last put my TS. But the toothpick may be a problem. Maybe a flosser. Naw, to easy. Let me think…..

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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mveach

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#8 posted 848 days ago

a medium sized splinter should work. I know you’ve got one of those.

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knotscott

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#9 posted 848 days ago

Since the thickness and the edges of the nickels themselves are a significant variable, it really isn’t a very scientific test, and doesn’t prove much. There are other variables too. Passing is a good sign that there’s not much vibration going on, but if the nickel falls, it may or may not mean something. As long as the saw cuts well with low runout, I don’t get too concerned one way or the other.

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davidroberts

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#10 posted 847 days ago

Scott, you’re right. I could be wrong but I believe the last few responses are more about bragging, oneupmanship, and polking fun thereof, rather than actual machine quality. ;+)

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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PurpLev

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#11 posted 847 days ago

I could be way off here -but did you place a nickel on the granite – before you installed the granite on the saw? that wouldn’t really say much.

the idea is to place the nickel on the table top (granite in your case) after it is installed on the saw, have it stand on side, then start the saw running – if the saw has little vibrations then the nickel will not fall. THAT will tell you something

if I got it all wrong- dont mind me ;)

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Charlie

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#12 posted 847 days ago

My Steel City 35990G passes the nickel test, the penny test…..

I see it as an amusing trick when people (who aren’t woodworkers) admire the saw. I place a nickel on it, fire it up, run a piece of 3/4 plywood through it and turn it off. They are amazed.

I don’t think anyone who’s a woodworker would be amazed. If it’s a decent saw, level, no errors in belt alignment, and with sufficient mass… won’t ANY saw pass the nickel test?

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davidroberts

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#13 posted 847 days ago

I prefer cast iron table tops. It’s just my preference and doesn’t reflect on granite tops. But I must admit, the granite tops are purdy, purdy.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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mveach

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#14 posted 847 days ago

yup, David, I guess I did fall into the bragging thing. The point I meant to make as Charlie said, the” nickle test” only shows a lack of vibration and even a cheep saw should pass it. Thanks for grounding me David.

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davidroberts

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#15 posted 844 days ago

Hey mveach, forgetaboutit. Bragging is half the fun. Like my mother use to say, it’s not bragging if you can do it.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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