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Rick M.

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380 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: delta tablesaw troubleshooting question bad cut

My 15 year old Delta contractor has developed a strange problem. Every so often when cutting through the middle of a board the blade will give a little wobble. It happens at regular intervals, maybe every 3 seconds. It’s very obvious on my full kerf rip blade and it may be happening on my thin kerf combo blade but it’s hard to tell.

If it is the blade, wouldn’t it happen almost constantly? Unfortunately I don’t have a dial indicator to check the blade but since it only happens once out of every couple hundred rotations it might be impossible to measure.

It’s hard to describe and too subtle to photograph but you can hear it. Here is an exaggerated drawing to show what I mean. It might happen 3 times on a 4 foot cut.

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Hammerthumb

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#1 posted 380 days ago

Check your belts. Might need replacing. See if they have any glazed spots on them.

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 380 days ago

Yeah, that was my thought too. Check the belt and pulley’s. Make sure the pulley’s are not slipping.

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#3 posted 380 days ago

My first thought would be arbor bearings, although I would not expect the problem to occur at such regular intervals.

Here is a discussion you might find helpful.

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#4 posted 380 days ago

like the others suggested my first guess would be the belt.

if you can HEAR it – then take the belt off, and power up the saw and LISTEN. if you can still hear it then it’s the motor shaft bearings or the motor winding. if you can’t hear it then it’s most likely the belt (or the blade arbor). try replacing the belt and see if it clears it.

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#5 posted 380 days ago

Does it do it without cutting? Something is making the blade resonate, try a different blade, if it still does it you have a belt prob or the arbor is bad. I had this happen to my Unisaw, it turned out to be the nut, it was threaded crooked and putting more pressure on one side of the blade. My wife was helping me rip some long stock once and kept moving the boards to the side, it heated up the blade so much that it was ruined and did the same thing you describe, has your blade gotten hot recently?

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Fettler

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#6 posted 380 days ago

Do you hear the motor slowing when that happens? Could it be that the wobble happens when you hit a denser bit of wood (a shadow of a knot)? Is there any noticeable play in the arbor?

That sounds like a pain to diagnose.

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#7 posted 380 days ago

There’s a bunion on the trunnion.

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#8 posted 380 days ago

Have someone watch the motor to see if you have a bounce – If your belt is too short or slipping the motor pulley can walk up the belt when you have blade resistance then drop down. If you stop the cut, does it stop? -Jack

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#9 posted 380 days ago

Clint gets the prize for comment of the day!

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Rick M.

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#10 posted 380 days ago

It only happens when cutting in the middle of a board, ripping or crosscut. When I say I can hear it, I mean I can hear the blade dig deeper into both side of the cut, sometimes causing a burn, everything else sounds normal. I cleaned the blade and checked all the extension tables for flush/level but it still happened.

It does not happen when: not cutting, cutting on the edge of a board, or taking light cuts. I inspected the belt recently and there is no fraying, hazing or bumps, it looks fine but I won’t rule it out.

@PurpLev – Something is making the blade resonate

Yes, well put. Something is causing a momentary resonance when cutting inside a piece. I made a new zero clearance insert on the off chance that my factory insert (which I normally use with the rip blade) is bobbling and causing the wood to shift. I’m getting ready to go test it.

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Grandpa

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#11 posted 380 days ago

My first thought was heat. That is usually caused by a dull blade.
My second thought is a slipping belt or a slipping pulley.

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#12 posted 380 days ago

”@PurpLev – Something is making the blade resonate”

Yep, and I’m guessing it’s HEAT. The deeper you cut into the wood, the hotter the blade gets. I think the heat is causing the blade to actually warp. And then as the blade slows it cools, making the blade stiffer again. Any chance you checked the blade for very small cracks? Heat would cause those to “open up”, thereby pushing the blade out of true.

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Rick M.

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#13 posted 380 days ago

Heat would make sense except it was my first cut of the day, through 4’ of 1/2” MDF so I can’t imagine that was the problem. I installed a splitter hoping it would fix the problem but after switching to a new zero clearance insert and installing the splitter it only happened once in a 4’ cut but it still happened. The blade isn’t very used, freshly cleaned, is relatively sharp. I was just up under the saw yesterday and didn’t see any problems. Tomorrow I’ll switch to a full kerf combo blade and see if it still happens. If the other blades cut fine I’ll send this one out for a sharpening/rebalancing.

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#14 posted 380 days ago

I’t’s the result of an overfeed with a less than sharp blade; slow down the feed and see if it stops.

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#15 posted 380 days ago

I am thinking a blade resharpen. You get the plus of a nice clean blade and I think it will cure your woes.

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