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Forum topic by Burgels posted 06-15-2013 05:10 PM 645 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Burgels

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06-15-2013 05:10 PM

I have the ridgid with the granite top and I noticed a big problem today that I don’t know how to fix. My cuts have been off 90 and I have spent time readjusting the fence, checking for a warped blade etc, and today I noticed that the blade (though flat) is misaligned with the granite top by a 1/8” from the front of the blade to the back. My guess is that I have to somehow remove the granite and realign it? Any ideas would be helpful.


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#1 posted 06-15-2013 05:11 PM

You have to adjust the trunions. They hold the blade and can be adjusted front and back. The owner’s manual will tell you how to do it for your particular saw.

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#2 posted 06-15-2013 05:20 PM

Ok, I found the manual, I’m looking… Thanks for the reply

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#3 posted 06-15-2013 05:26 PM

Pretty sure the manual will tell you this, but you must set the arbor (blade) to the miter slot, then set the fence.

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#4 posted 06-15-2013 06:04 PM

checking the manual will reveal that your saw has cabinet mounted trunions. alignment should be really wasy. i’d splurge andn get a $10 dial gauge from harbor freight. it’s not necessary, but i find it helps in determining how much of an adjustment the table top needs and where the the adjustment should be made. this is what a well aligned saw looks like:

infeed side of blade:

outfeed side of blade:

never assume even a new tool is properly aligned out of the box. as has been suggested, align the blade to one of the two miter slots. when that’s done, align the fence to the SAME miter slot in the same manner as the blade was aligned to that same miter slot..

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#5 posted 06-15-2013 06:56 PM

I got it to measure the same from both sides of the blade but I’m still having an angle issue. It won’t cut a perfect 90 for anything. In lining my square up with the blade I can always see a little light through on some portion of the blade. I tried tweaking the miter angle but it never seemed to help. I have to wonder if maybe I’m wrong and the blade is warped. I have no idea how old this blade is as it came with the saw.

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#6 posted 06-15-2013 06:58 PM

I just looked in the manual, there is a hex key on the table surface to help with 90 degree alignement. I will try that next.

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#7 posted 06-15-2013 07:21 PM

so your blade isn’t 90° relative to the table surface? if that’s it, i’d suggest my aaproach regarding the 90° and 45° stops, which is what it sounds like you are adjusting. i back mine out as far as they will go so they are useless. when i need to set an angle (between 45° and 90°), i use a wixey angle cube. i find that stops are usually unreliable as saw dust can accumulate on most of them rendering their actual position something different than what it should be.

i’d also deep six the blade that was on the saw and pick up a nice 40T combo blade. this thread should help you make a considered selection:

http://lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/12395

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#8 posted 06-15-2013 09:21 PM

It’s getting better, my Dad just stopped by and brought me a new blade for my birthday. (Talk about timely gifts!) It’s isn’t the Freud Diablo that I had my eye on but it’s much better than the junky one that was on there. A little more fine tuning and I think we’ll be good. Thanks for all the advice.

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#9 posted 06-16-2013 10:37 PM

Make sure the stock is flat and the edge straight.
Also, make sure the insert is level with the table surface. That can throw off your cuts.

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