Trouble with my miter saw

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Forum topic by cbsativa posted 04-11-2013 11:54 PM 814 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2013 11:54 PM

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I have a 10” sliding compound miter saw from harbor freight. It has been working like a champ, but recently the blade guard is not allowing me to bring the saw down. If I use my thumb and lift it a little bit it operates just fine, I have checked everything I can think of and was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions?

-- Shawn Audubon, IA

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#1 posted 04-12-2013 01:02 AM

I had the same problem with my Cman miter saw. The arm that connects the guard to the body of the saw had a “bearing” of sorts right at the joint where the two pieces of the arm came together. Over time, that had loosened up, which allowed the pieces of the arm to come out of line with each other. Since the arm as a whole was no longer straight, it would bind as I tried to bring the blade down. Just like yours, fiddling with it manually was enough to loosen it up.

What I had to do was play with the tightness of the piece connecting the two parts of the arm to get it just right. Too loose, and it would bind. Too tight and it would be impossible to move the blade down since the arm was essentially clamped together. Its frustrating, but I finally got it. It has recently just started doing it again, so once you get it, I’d recommend some green Loc-Tite, the wicking kind, on that piece to keep it from moving on you. Good luck!

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#2 posted 04-12-2013 01:13 AM

Thank you jshattoc I will do some more tinkering with it.

-- Shawn Audubon, IA

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