Saw blade won't return to 90° to table

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Forum topic by MrRon posted 12-10-2012 08:27 PM 872 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2012 08:27 PM

A while back, I posted a problem with my CTAS 10-1 Jet saw. The blade wouldn’t return to 90° after making bevel cuts. My son was able to stick his head inside the cabinet and look up. He found sawdust packed in the tilting rack and worm gear. He cleaned it out and now it sets back to 90° perfectly. I knew that was the problem, but at 78, cannot get down that far. The closest I could get was 89.8°. Now I can go to 90.2°. I removed the bevel stop screw. That’s what I like; a simple fix.

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 09:01 PM

Sawdust always will find a way to get stuck in the gears of a table saw…I just take compressed air and blow any and all dust off out of it every few days and it solves the problem for me. I have a dust nozzle with a 24 inch extension that does this job perfectly.

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 09:12 PM

I go a step further and take the throat plate of the saw out and stick an electric leaf blower down through the opening to really get all the dust out. If you do this while the DC is running it will suck up any big pieces that come loose but it does still get dust everywhere if it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned the inside of the cabinet. I try to do it after every big project. My leaf blower has considerably more air “force” than a blow gun attached to my compressor. I also use it to blow dust off counters/tools and off the floor of my garage at the end of the day to keep things somewhat tidy.

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 10:41 PM

Might be saw dust have something to do with it. Try to check if there’s
something unusual with it , like loosing bolts .

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 02:01 AM

I leave my set for 90 off I always square the blade after every angle cut that way I know its at 90 I just took out the set screw and use my square

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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