Craftsman 113.298032 Contractor Saw Alignment

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Forum topic by Dpalfox posted 08-12-2014 04:19 PM 1568 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2014 04:19 PM


This is my first post on this forum so first i would like to say hello everyone.

I am having trouble aligning my craftsman contractor saw the model number is 113.298032. I have read many different post and watched numerous videos but the alignment is still off by a few 100ths and i would like to get it within a few 1000ths.

The one thing i noticed is different is that most people talk about 4 bolts that hold the table to the saw, my saw has 6. I figured the same process would apply though loosen all bolts except for one corner to pivot and give it a few taps with a dead blow hammer. I have done this but haven’t noticed much of a difference.

I guess my main two questions are am i doing something wrong and would saw pals work for this type of saw with 6 bolts.

Thank you.

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#1 posted 08-12-2014 04:30 PM

It would. Try loosening the last bolt.

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 04:36 PM

I did loosen it so that it was not fully tightened down but i will try loosening it as much as the other bolts and see what happens. Thank you

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 04:55 PM

It may take more than a deadblow hammer to loosen the trunion, and move it one way or another….If possible, use a hammer and tap it gently, using a block where you can reach it…..This may be a little tricky, but I would think a deadblow would move it , if the bolts were loose enough….Trial and error…..

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 05:00 PM

So i guess i can try putting a piece of wood up against the trunion and hitting it with a regular hammer?

I did try this but with the dead blow hammer when i was running out of ideas.

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 05:41 PM

Are you referring to the blade parallel to the miter tracks? If so, OK. Moving the trunion is the right thing to do.
The holes on the trunion may be too small to permit adjustment. If so, some of the bolt holes may have to be enlarged slightly.

But consider this. The flange of the arbor that holds the blade maybe wobbling on you. You can test this by removing the blade and place a gauge on the flat surface of the flange (the part that touches the blade). Move the belt/pulley. Are there deflection on the flange? If so, place a grinding stone (clamped on to heavy lumber on the table) and grind it flat (run the saw without the blade and apply pressure against the flange via the lumber (on the table). You should eventually hear a consistent grinding sound rather pulsing sound.

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#6 posted 08-12-2014 05:47 PM

Yes i am referring to parallel to the miter tracks.

If i need to enlarge the mounting holes do all need to be made larger or just the rear by the motor.

I will check the flange later when i get home to see if that is my issue. Thanks

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#7 posted 08-12-2014 05:56 PM

Two suggestions. First I use a clamp between the trunion and the end of the table. This allows me to finely control the amount of movement, and more importantly keep that position while tightening the trunion bolts.

The second item is that both the front and back trunions are adjustable. Make sure that when adjusting one, the other is not also moving. Also if one reaches the end of its adjustment range, start on the other in the other direction.

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#8 posted 08-12-2014 06:06 PM

The clamp idea sounds pretty good but when you say between the trunion and end of table do you mean the actual table or one of the wings.

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#9 posted 08-13-2014 03:12 AM

most people talk about 4 bolts that hold the table to the saw, my saw has 6.

the 4 bolt comments refer to cabinet saws. your saw is a contractor saw along the same lines as the ridgid 2412. follow the instructions in this OM to properly align the blade to ONE OF THE MITER SLOTS. then make the fence parallel to THAT SAME MITER SLOT.

i followed these instructions and my blade and fence are both +/- .001” to the miter slot.

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