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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 10-18-2014 04:10 AM 1411 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rhybeka

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10-18-2014 04:10 AM

Hi all!
Edit: took some more pics when I was out there today that I was hoping might help.

I’ve been trying to install my shark guard on and off for the past few months (yes I’m slow, and no I don’t get out to my shop that often). I was hoping there would be other craftsman saw owners that have shark guards that may be able to show pics of their installs? I’ve got mine assembled and on the saw but something isn’t right – I don’t know if it’s just lopsided due to weight or if I need washers somewhere else – something just -not right/missing.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.


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Milo

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#1 posted 10-18-2014 12:01 PM

So the guard splitter isn’t in line with the blade, is that the problem? Is it falling to the side?

IF that is the case, perhaps going to a metal shop and having a new splitter made from stronger plate metal would help. I know you can get plans for the splitters off the Sharkguard website.

A second though is, if the problem isn’t the splitter, but is that attachment to the saw itself, is perhaps drilling an extra couple of holes in it, countersink them, and add set screws to tighten down the guard to the saw. Does that make sense? I don’t know what to call the rod coming out of the back of your saw. It’s early and I don’t have enough coffee!

Some side and front pictures might be helpful.

Hope that helps!

Milo

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#2 posted 10-18-2014 12:11 PM

Thanks Milo :) it was late when I posted this as well so I’m kind of surprised it was even coherent. I pushed the guard to the side to exaggerate the issue, but it’s very back heavy where it attaches to the TS – The rod coming out of the saw with the silver piece is where the original splitter/guard attached – I know it wasn’t quite as heavy – I still have it – but it isn’t nearly as well built as the shark guard. The guards attach via two screws through square nuts that slide into the bottom opening of the silver piece…so I think you’re right about possibly changing how it attaches. I Think I may have a few more pics – let me go look.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#3 posted 10-18-2014 12:33 PM

well I found one but looks like I’ll have to take more!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 10-19-2014 01:29 AM

so yeah – taking another look at this – the surface area of the allen screws to the rod probably isn’t enough which is why the weight is causing it to go lopsided…at least that’s what I’m thinking. Anybody else?

anybody else having issues with pictures not being uploaded the right way??

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#5 posted 10-19-2014 05:11 PM

I bought my Shark several years ago for my Unisaw….......different saw.

Just looked at their site and not much changed.

I had to shim my the splitters to get them directly behind the blade.

I just bought a pack of dado shims and cut them down to fit.

Once I had done this for a while, I took the 2 shims off and glued them together (but NOT to the saw) and they just never need messing with. When I re-check my miter-slot-blade-fence measurements periodically to be square (have yet to do any adjusting except for a VERY small adjustment on the fence) the shims work perfectly…..on all three splitters.

Not sure what I would have done if the splitters needed to be moved “into” the saw” instead of away.

Not sure if this is even close to your problem, but Hey….......maybe next time or next someone.

Best….......Bruce

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#6 posted 10-19-2014 05:31 PM

Pictures—iPhone pics often show up rotated 90° to the left. Open the pic up in some kind of viewer/editor, rotate them and save with the correct orientation (even if they show up initially with the right orientation). They will then display correctly when inserted into a LJ post.

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#7 posted 10-19-2014 08:12 PM

Seems that either your blade is slightly tilted or the mounting block is not on the rod squarely. The washers should be on outside of bracket next to wing nuts (me thinks). If the splitter isn’t bent then by trying a washer in a different position might solve it. What does the owners manual show for parts assembly? Been awhile since I assembled these on a regular basis.

-- Western Spirit Bev

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#8 posted 10-20-2014 12:34 AM

Another thought. If the rod unscrews from the saw (some did) try repositioning it by using a stop nut so the mounting block can sit correctly.

-- Western Spirit Bev

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#9 posted 05-18-2015 12:49 PM

Hi.
Sorry I’m late. :)
Did you get this resolved?
It looks like the mounting point on the saw needs tightening either inside on the trunnion or those two set screws on the rod or both. Let me know if not. I am always just an email away.
Thanks.

-- Lee

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rhybeka

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#10 posted 05-18-2015 09:47 PM

@Lee, I’m still working on it – as stubborn as I am. I also just finished a TS workstation and am mounting (or trying to) and aluminum extrusion fence so it’s off for the moment. I will email you once I’m getting it back on – I may need a new wire for one of the pawls – or for you just to tell me how to put it back on :) honestly it’s as tight as it’s going to get I just need to make sure it’s aligned right – it’s going to ‘rotate’ around the rod no matter how tight I can make it it seems. Poor design on craftsmans part imho.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#11 posted 05-18-2015 10:37 PM

I can send some more springs. No problem there. You may be able to drill and tap that aluminum part into the rod some and thread in a set screw. That or drill all the way through and sink in a roll pin. I have plenty of both around here and could send you some with the springs.
A few more close up pictures of that bracket assembly may help. Maybe one or two showing how the rod attaches under the throat plate.
I’ll get you fixed up. :)

-- Lee

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