|Forum topic by 7Footer||posted 275 days ago||400 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
275 days ago
Hi LJ’s. I need some help with my table saw. I’m racking my brain trying to make a zero clearance insert for my Hitachi table saw. I’ve watch many videos on ZCI’s and thought I wouldn’t have such a problem making one. I’ve made 2 so far – the 1st one I made was with 3/8” plywood and I ruined it making the counter sink for the screw, the wood was so thin I couldn’t get the screw to sit flush with the insert and ended up drilling all the way through. The 2nd insert I made I tried it with 1/2” MDF and routed out all of the little spots. I’m going to try and make one more out of some hard wood and I will be more precise when routing out the inserts for it to rest on but it just seems like there isn’t enough support on the left side once I put the insert in. The 2nd insert worked 2 times before it started sagging downwards by the side the blade is on.
I am starting to feel like my TS was made just purposely not to be able to put a ZCI in it. It is the Hitcahi C10RA3. I dont really know what the deal is, but if you look at the pictures, there are 2 little wings on the right side of that only sit about 1/16” off of the surface, and then the two spots at the front and back that you screw the insert into are not at the same depth, one of them is almost 1/4” higher than the other one, it makes it a HUGE pain the A to rout those out. I think that I could take the screw to the hardware store and fine one with a smaller tapered head that I wouldn’t need to counter sink as much, but I still feel like the insert is going to keep sagging off to the left the blade because there is nothing on that side to support it.
I’ve looked online and can’t seem to find any aftermarket parts for it, the only thing I can think of is to try and make an insert out of aluminum or some other metal, but I don’t really have the resources for that so I figured I could on here anyone can help out.
Thanks in advance!
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