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missingdigitworkshop

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08-31-2012 10:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw problem

I have a Craftsman 113.12171 Table Saw.
The blade raises and lowers fine but I can not get the blade to go completely into the table. The lowest I can get the blade is 1/16 inch above the table. This is not a huge problem but is very frustrating.

Does anyone have any ideas how I can try to get the blade to go completely into the table?

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.


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Loren

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 11:18 PM

There will be a mechanical point where the mechanism
bottoms out. The likely cause is there is sawdust packed
in there preventing the mechanism from going to its
end point.

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missingdigitworkshop

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 01:16 AM

Loren: I checked for dust and chips and have blown it clean but still can not get the blade to go completely into the table. Is there possibly something that could have gotten out of whack that I need to adjust?

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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knotscott

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 01:23 AM

Did you check the gears for something binding?

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Tedstor

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 01:31 AM

Perhaps the threaded rod that accuates the elevation mechanism is corroded, dirty, or stripped? Might be worth taking an old toothbrush and scrubbing the rod with some machine oil.

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Tedstor

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 01:34 AM

Oh and just for grins, work the blade lock back and forth a few times.

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Jimbo4

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 02:02 AM

Digit – I have the same problem. I’ve scrubbed, oiled, twisted, checked, moved, hammered, cursed, to no avail. It is what it is.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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Scott Wunder

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 02:22 AM

It is frustrating when the only table in your shop that has a chance to have a clear work surface on it, is also the one with a blade sticking out. I have an old Delta Unisaw that does the same thing. Mine will lower completely if I grab the handwheel and pull it towards me. There is some hidden slop in there that doesn’t show up otherwise. When I do this the blade drops about 1/8 inch and doesn’t stick up above the table.

-- Scott Wunder, WunderWoods, St. Charles, MO. Read my sawmilling and woodworking blog at http://www.wunderwoods.com

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okwoodshop

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#8 posted 09-01-2012 03:06 AM

“CRAPSMAN” nuff said??

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toolie

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#9 posted 09-01-2012 12:20 PM

scott…... that “slops’ is, i believe, adjustable. check where the elevation rod intersects with the motor bracket. it’s not easy to inspect with the table and motor in place, but i believe there is a fix for it.

okwoodshop….... would that all tools today were made as well as those old emerson electric built TSs sold by sears and ridgid. i have one of them, with a t-2 fence on it that would have to be pried out of my cold dead hand before i’d give it up. i’m selling my unisaw to make room for the two emerson built 10” CI contractor TSs i have. maybe a lot of sears” recent products qualify as “CRAPSMAN”, but it’s hard to malign a well maintained 113 series c-man table saw that’s equiped with a proper fence, IMHO.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Tedstor

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#10 posted 09-01-2012 02:51 PM

yep. A 113. table saw develops a minor issue after 20+ years of use, and someone calls it a “crapsman”. LOL.
What should we call the Scott’s Unisaw that has the same problem. :)

I also have a 113. with a T2 and am 100% satisfied. And if my 113 developed the mentioned issue, I’d buy another $75 113 off craigslist, slap on the T2, and keep on truckin.

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Grandpa

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#11 posted 09-01-2012 02:51 PM

Have you checked for a mechanical stop on the htreaded rod? I think some of those saws had a collar with a set screw that stopped the mechanism.

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knotscott

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#12 posted 09-01-2012 04:21 PM

”“CRAPSMAN” nuff said??”

Why not just insult his wife and kids? It’d be just as helpful, and no less offensive.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Tenfingers58

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#13 posted 09-01-2012 10:06 PM

I realize this does not fix the underlying problem but this is what I would do. Cut a piece of plywood, put a skirt around the bottom edge so it can’t slide on the table top. Cut a recess for the blade in the bottom.

This gives you a flat surface to work on without having to remove the blade all the time.

Another possibility would be to use a smaller blade.

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okwoodshop

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#14 posted 09-02-2012 03:06 AM

I apologize to all the CRAFTSMAN owners on here, I just have never had any of there tools that worked properly or lasted long. will keep my big mouth shut from now on.

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toolie

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#15 posted 09-02-2012 02:40 PM

grandpa…..on those saws, i am pretty sure those stop collars were only on the tilt mechanisms.

tenfingers50…..how would one use the TS fence with that adaptation?

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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