Old Rockwell 10" contractor saw out of square

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Forum topic by Jcrock posted 02-24-2014 01:50 AM 942 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2014 01:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw square old saw rockwell question

I have an old Rockwell 10” contractor saw that my dad passed down to me a few years ago. It has always worked perfectly until I tried to change the cut angle to 45 degrees. It would only go to about 40 and no more. I tried making a few cuts with it but they kept moving off the fence as I pushed it throught and the cuts were useless. When I returned it to the 90 degree position, it was scraping on my zero clearance plate I have had in it and chewed up my sled a bit too. I measured it and there is about 1/32” difference between the front and back side of the blade. I can’t seem to find any way to make this kind of adjustment on the saw. I can feel 4 bolts under the table that hold the main table part to the base but does not have room for adjustments. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 03:13 AM

Need a pic of the saw, since there were so many.
But I suspect that you need to find the 4 trunion bolts loosen the 2 rear, and one of the front to loose, the remaining one just release the tension. Use a mallet and a block of wood to persuade the blade to be paralllel to the miter slot.
Once parallel to the miter slot you tighten the bolts and carefully recheck. Then you now need to get the fence parallel to the blade.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 04:45 AM

What woodchucker said and on old machines usually the best thing is tear them down and put them back together. You will learn a lot about a machine by doing it and get the chance to correct any obvious problems.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 02-28-2014 09:31 PM

It is a Rockwell model number 34-440. I cant seem to locate a bolt or a way to adjust the blade in that direction. Up, down, tilt left, tilt right but I cant get it to adjust the entire blade angle so it is square to the slots on the table top.

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