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Forum topic by GoWinLions posted 07-01-2013 06:37 AM 1084 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2013 06:37 AM

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Hey all,

I am trying to sell an older model (early 80’s) Craftsman 10 inch contractor saw (113.298032) and in the process of cleaning it up and squaring the blade I found I could not get the blade completely square to the table. The stop/set screws are not the problem but rather the belt pulley gets pushed up against the underside of the table. Part of the arbor housing that is near the pulley rubs as well which causes the blade to be immoveable. The clamp screw is not the problem and there is no visible reason for this. I have googled for a half-hour and no luck. Any body have suggestions as to the cause/fix? Thank-you!

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 07:55 AM

It was probably like this from the factory unless somebody put a larger diameter pulley on it.

I think the problem can be resolved by putting washers under the trunnion mounting pads which would lower the trunnion enough to clear the pulley.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 01:11 PM

What Joe said. Check the diameter of the pulley. Check for table flatness-they can be pretty wavey. IMO If you are going to sell it anyway, why bother? Spend the effort dismantling it and part it out on Ebay. If it is in good running condition it would sell for $75-$150. You’d get more parting it out. -Jack

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 03:58 PM

how about a pic or two of the situation. i have two of those saws and i’m having a hard time visualizing what you;re attempting to describe.

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

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 05:12 PM

it might be you have the blade too high. Try lowering the blade some and when you can get it square without hitting anything adjust the height stop screws. You should have a 2 1/2” pulley on the arbor. You might have too large a pulley. but I would check the stop screws first because the arbor shouldn’t hit the table.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 05:35 PM

Could the table top itself be out of square? Maybe a couple washers?

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 07-02-2013 12:06 AM

Thanks guys! I was in the middle of taking a bunch of pictures and following up on some suggestions such as lowering the blade. This allowed me to get it to 90+ degrees and also allowed me to notice the pulley is actually hitting the side of the housing and not the bottom of the table. It was really hard to see as I already put the table back together and was not in the mood for complete dis-assembly again. Somehow the set screw must have come loose allowing the pulley to advance too close to the housing (johnstoneb was dead on). Thanks again for all the replies!

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#7 posted 07-02-2013 01:06 AM

Happy Happy Happy

-- Joe

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