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Forum topic by dbriski posted 05-15-2007 11:06 PM 4343 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2007 11:06 PM

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My table saw started to make a clicking noise this weekend. I have a Older ridgid Contractor table saw. I have diagnosed the following situations: Makes the noise when the saw is on. Makes the noise when I take the blade off. It doesn’t make the noise when the belt is off (motor running). It doesn’t make noise when I hold the motor up only appling enough weight for the belt to turn the arbor. As soon as I put any more weight on the belt and turn it it makes the noise. Turning by hand itmakes the noise at the same single point in the rotation of the arbor. I don’t have any movement other than the rotation of the arbor.

Can anyone hellp diagnose this noise? Its like a click/ or thump with vibration at the time of the thump.


-- David,

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#1 posted 05-15-2007 11:19 PM

If you get the sound when you turn the arbor by hand, without the motor and belt. then the problem is in the arbor. I assume that there is not any small piece of string, wood or other foreigh material hung up on the arbor.

If the sound is present when nothing is attached and no blade, Then I’d say that it is the bearings. Do you feel anything in the arbor when you turn it by hand (a jerking, grindind etc). if you turn the arbor back and forth with the hand at the point that it does it, does it do it both directions.

I’ve had a sound happen when the belt starts to come apart and it is frayed and the fraying is hitting something. I also replace the bearing in my blade guide when they are getting noisy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 05-15-2007 11:26 PM

I forgot that part, it only does it turning in the forward direction and if I do it really slow it doesn’t (like creaping slow any faster it does). It feels smooth. It also only does it with the belt on. The belt looked ok, I didn’t notice anything off, but I have had it for a year and 1/2 now and bought the saw used. Its a flat multy groved belt, Can I get that kind at an autoparts store or do I have to get an OEM belt?

-- David,

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#3 posted 05-16-2007 02:20 AM

Hey David,

Just a wild guess, but see if the belt guards (parts 30 and 31 in the diagram) are rubbing or maybe loose…

Motor and switch assembly

-- John

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#4 posted 05-16-2007 02:26 AM

David: It could be the belt coming apart. I would go for an automotive belt. Is it one of the flatones that are being used now on newer cars. A serpitine belt?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 05-16-2007 03:35 AM

OK, nobody else has suggested this, so here goes….have you check to make sure that the pulley on the arbor is tight? Sometime they work loose and start off with a clicking sound combined with some vibration. As the pulley loosens-up it begins to wobbleresulting in more noise and vibration, eventually the “keeper key” may fall out and the pulley can actually “waller out” and then you may have to replace both the pulley and the arbor.

Just a thought…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#6 posted 05-16-2007 03:52 AM

If it is a bearing going out, the belt being attached may pull enough on the shaft to cause some slight misalignment, which causes the bearing to make the clicking noise. Did you contact Ridgid and see what they thought it might be? You know Ridgid has a lifetime warranty. Could get the part(s) for free? I know they sent me a part for my lathe, no shipping or anything.

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#7 posted 05-16-2007 07:47 PM

I have come across some simular problems in the past. I used to work for a company that installed lab equpment. We would get that clicking sound when a bearing assembly would start to go out in fan arbors. The tension created by the belt can cause the bearing assembly to wear out and the bearing become loose in the housing. It should be a fairly easy task to replace them. I would call Rigid to help diagnose the problem as well as a sourse for your parts and installation instructions. As for belts, I would look into replacing the factory belt with a link belt and matching pullies.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#8 posted 05-16-2007 09:14 PM

Its not the belt guard for sure i had it open and checked for any kind of rubbing.

The Belt is the flat kind. I’ll take it in to see if i can get a local replacment.

If I can get out to the shop tonight I will check to see if the pulley is loose. The one on the Motor Shaft has come loose on me before.

Thanks for the Ideas.

-- David,

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#9 posted 05-21-2007 11:14 PM

Finally got out to the garage this weekend and loosened the pullies and re-tightened them and it appears that has stopped the noise for now.

Thanks all.

-- David,

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#10 posted 12-06-2013 07:55 PM

Yes, this thread is old, but it sure hits the spot.

I have a Craftsman 113.298842 table saw, and the pulley adjustment did the trick. David described the symptoms exactly as they were for me.

Essentially, what’s happening is this: if the pulley is able wiggle at all (even if it’s tight), the pressure from the belt will cause it to wiggle back and forth just enough to cause a clicking/clunking noise. The saw is now super quiet. Thanks for posting the problem & solution here. It saved me a lot of time because I definitely would not have tried this otherwise.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri,

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