Table saw blade height lowers during use

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Forum topic by callbr549 posted 08-05-2013 08:24 AM 1232 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2013 08:24 AM

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I have an older shaft-drive Craftsman table saw that has served me fairly well. However, now when I use a dado blade, the blade lowers significantly during the cut. I have looked everywhere I can see for some adjustment, a screw to tighten or something, that will keep the blade from lowering, but haven’t found anything. Looking here and other forums I see comments like “there is always a bushing to tighten…” or something, but I am stumped. Any ideas? Everything seems to just rely on friction with no adjustments

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 09:47 AM

You might have a lever on the front of the saw near the top of the face just beneath the table surface that might help.

If that doesn’t do the trick, try leaving the handwheel on the “up” side of the raising and lowering (vs the “down” side) motion. The meshing of the gears on the up stroke may help hold it in place.

Another act of desparation is to clamp the elevation hand wheel in place.

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#2 posted 08-05-2013 10:47 AM

As far as I can tell that lever is for locking the tilt. If it is supposed to lock height also, its not working. Thanks for the input.

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 01:38 AM

My old Ryobi would do that when I LOWERED the blade to the desired height. But not if I RAISED the blade to the desired height.

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 02:12 AM

I am pretty sure the handle can be repositioned by either pulling it out or pushing it in then turn it and re engage the shaft, try this till it tightens up, which direction to turn it will have to be determined by trial and error

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