|Forum topic by jimhester||posted 09-26-2014 12:58 PM||951 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
09-26-2014 12:58 PM
Hello all. I haven’t been on for awhile. I have a tablesaw question:
I recently purchased the Freud box cutter set, and was planning to try and set up my son’s benchtop model to use as a dedicated box joint unit, just to save having to always change the setup on my full size saw every time my sons or I need to do some small box joints for small keepsake boxes and the like.
When I started looking at the height adjustment procedure, I discovered that on this el cheapo unit, height adjustment is accomplished by the shaft on the adjusting knob just pushing against a tab at the bottom of the motor. The motor is on a swivel, which tilts the motor and blade higher or lower in the cabinet.
It looks like the only thing that keeps the from rising is the weight of the motor and its assembly. I can reach under the motor and actually raise the blade height by pushing up on the bottom of the motor with my hand. It seems that this could cause the blade to rise and fall during a dado cut, depending on the hardness of the wood, or the teeth coming in contact with the grain in something like oak or maple.
Are all table saws dependent on the weight of the motor assembly to keep the blade height from increasing due to resistance, or do better saws have a positive stop for the upper movement of the blade? Thanks for any ideas. Jim