Problems with my table saw (I am an Idiot)

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Forum topic by lumberjoe posted 06-16-2012 10:22 PM 870 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2012 10:22 PM

I installed my new dado stack today to cut the ZCI. I did it without problems, made a few test cuts, all good. When I went to take the blades off, I noticed the last one was giving me a bunch of trouble. It would spin freely but not come off. Shined a flashlight in and I could see some silver. “Oh crap” was the first thing that ran through my mind and I think I am correct. What are the chances I overtightned the arbor nut and pulled the arbor out of the housing? I don’t ever recall seeing any silver metal in there before.

If so, is there an easy and safe way for fix it, or am I spending 130$ on a new arbor assembly because I am an idiot?


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#1 posted 06-16-2012 10:59 PM

I may have jumped the gun a bit. My regular blade didn’t fit back on cleanly so I assumed I broke something. I also assumed I am a bit stronger than I am and can pull out a pressed arbor with a 12” wrench. I cleaned the arbor with a brass brush and cleaned up the blade as well. Also in measuring with dial calipers, the freud blade I had trouble with is about .001 smaller than the other blade that came off easy. Can someone with an R5412 see if your saw looks like this? I’m a little wary to use this again without confirmation or a service professional checking it out.

Blade off

Blade on


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#2 posted 06-16-2012 11:25 PM

You may have to have the arbor rethreaded if possible. I did something similar a long time ago on an old Craftsman. I used a cheap dado set that had metal shims, and when I tightened em up, one of the metal shims got into the nut and stripped the threads on my arbor. After callin myself a few explitive words, I found a new (old), trunion on Ebay, and (knock on wood), it’s been working fine, but, I never did use those metal shims again. I bought a Freud dado set, and so far, so good. Good luck with it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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