|Forum topic by Marvelicous||posted 12-11-2008 03:51 AM||1220 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
12-11-2008 03:51 AM
I’ve got a cheapie (Task Force – nothing but the best my budget could handle at the time) compound sliding miter saw. Given my skill level, and demands, it has served me pretty well for the last couple years, but as my skill has improved, its one area of significant inaccuracy is starting to annoy me.
I adjusted the fence square to the blade both ways, and the laser is at least parallel to the blade right to the edge of the kerf, none of that is perfectly square to the slide, so if I lock the slide out it cuts a perfect cut, but as I slide it towards me, it wanders about 3/64ths to the right. As near as I can tell, I need to adjust the whole head where it attaches to the rams, then readjust the fence to match. My problem is how do I adjust that? I see the set screws on the bottom of the rams, so logic would say I loosen one, but is there any tool I can use to line it up, or am I just shooting blind and hoping for the best, trial and error style? Or am I demanding too much from a cheap tool and opening a can of worms better left alone?
Honestly, I’m amazed at the accuracy of everything else on it, if it was just an obvious POS I wouldn’t bother, but all the preset stops are as on as my skill level demands. If I was a pro, I’d just upgrade, but I’m just a home hack, and I feel like if I can fix this one adjustment, this saw will be as good as I need it to be until (-if ever-) I get a LOT more skilled than I am.
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