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03-26-2013 05:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

This is my first post here. Hi all. I need help getting my table saw back together.

I acquired this saw from a friend and it worked well. So of course I made the decision to rebuild and clean it up. I like to keep my tools in good condition and I saw a bunch of tips on cleaning the cast iron top so I decided to go a step further.

I took it apart, paying what I thought was close attention and now I can’t get the blade to come up and go down easy.

The saw is an AMT 10” Table. It does not have a belt drive.
Here are some photos.

Before: The knob would turn the screw and lift the blade.

After: The motor swings away from the screw when it is upright. I tried using the nuts as in the first photo and I removed them to try to get the whole thing to work. The nuts, I think, are locked together to prevent the screw from coming out entirely. With the nuts in place, the end of the screw comes right out of the hole and the whole assembly bounces as I turn the screw.


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#1 posted 03-26-2013 06:40 PM

It looks to me like your missing a couple of nuts that look locked together on the screw, and a part at the end of the screw that goes through the plate.

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 06:45 PM

^What SawSucker said. On the bottom, on top of the plate the top pic shows some kind of
bushing resting on top of plate that the screw goes through. Its not there in the after pic.

Also above that, on the second plate looks like the two lock nuts are missing.

Edit to add. Just read your entire post and the reason why you removed the two nuts.

Also maybe if you post the model number or link to owners manual someone might
chime in with some advice to help get this working again.
What year was this saw manufactored ?

Need a little more visual info on how the motor and the mechanism are supposed to
move when turning the screw.

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 07:01 PM

Were the nuts originally there ? Or did you add them ? ?

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 07:08 PM

Lube the pivot points and screw ?

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 11:17 PM

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

― Benjamin Franklin

What a quote! I figured out my problem.

In the first photo the two nuts are positioned low on the adjustment screw. The threads above the locked nuts are clean. I must have lowered the nuts before taking that photo. I put the nuts at the top of the screw touching and locked them together and the adjustment screw works great. I included photos and I will post all the photos of my rebuild soon. I also included below a photo of the top which was rusty before.

Thank you so much to everyone for your replies. I can now get back to my hobby after such a frustrating project.


Preview of the finished tablesaw. I didn’t think about the yellow front plate before I chose bright red for the highlights on the top. Oh well, Maybe I’ll find a way to stain the yellow or change the red in a few years or just get a new saw eventually.

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#6 posted 03-27-2013 01:59 AM

Looks like you have put a lot of elbow grease and TLC into that saw. Hope it works well for you for many
projects to come.

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