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Forum topic by zacgooch posted 11-24-2014 01:50 PM 1318 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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zacgooch

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11-24-2014 01:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw dropped broken ridgid 3650

I know this sounds absolutely ridiculous…..but I dropped my table saw while trying to manhandle it onto my cargo trailer. Not only did I drop it….it had enough momentum to tip all the way over onto its top with the blade extended a couple of inches. It was on gravel. I didn’t have time to test it out before I went to work. Its a “new to me” ridgid 10” contractors saw.

My question is…. What should I look for when trying to assess the damage?

What are the things that would bend/break?

I did spin the blade with my hand and it spun freely. And didnt seem to be bent.


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#1 posted 11-24-2014 01:55 PM

Blade alignment will likely need to be adjusted. The fence might also be out-of whack.
I’d re-torque the blade too while I was at it, just to make sure it doesn’t come loose next time you turned it on. Then I’d turn the machine on and let it run for a minute or two. Maybe (cautiously) cut a few scrap pieces just to make sure all was well.
Otherwise, sounds like you dodged a bullet.

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 03:48 PM

Ok. I did run it. It has a little more vibration in it than when I got it. I’m going to go ahead and switch the blade. It’s so heavy. Should I take the top off to move it? If I take the top off does that misalign it?

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 05:37 PM

bolts or screws into the table top might bend,just enough to make a 5 min project into a 5 hr one.

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 06:01 PM

Yes, your best bet is to take the top off or anything else that can be disassembled to lighten it up.

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 08:47 PM

Taking the top off won’t help. The guts are most likely bolted to the top unless it is a true cabinet saw. I have bolted bases or boards to the bottom of the legs of almost all of my tools to facilitate moving with a two wheeler and straps. A trailer is best but if using the pick-up I flip them upside down. Don’t forget to support the motor with a rope or strap.
DanColeman

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#6 posted 11-24-2014 09:59 PM

Lower the blade. Take the motor off to move it….two bolts on the back hold two rods in place…loosen the bolts, remove the belt, and slide the motor out….be sure the motor cord isn’t plugged into the switch….if it’s hardwired, remove the switch too. You can also take the fence and wings off, and can remove the main body from the legstand. I prefer to lay it top down.

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#7 posted 11-25-2014 04:10 AM

If you can’t remove the motor without unwiring, then it’s a good opportunity to cut the cord and install a cord cap and plug.
Dan Coleman

-- Dan Coleman, retired Welding Inspector and past IA Teacher

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#8 posted 11-26-2014 03:06 PM

I think the question was what can they do to check for damage.

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#9 posted 11-26-2014 03:31 PM

To me the most logical thing to do is to get help moving it or find another way to load it instead of taking it apart.
Try sliding it up a couple 4×4s if you have to load it yourself.

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#10 posted 11-27-2014 01:59 AM

I am with a1Jim with finding a way to move it without breaking anything including you. That being said maybe time to call a friend? We are not getting any younger and the back is not something you want to be getting upset at you. (Laughing)

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#11 posted 11-27-2014 02:28 AM

As far as alignment goes, you’d prob wanna double check every thing even if you didn’t drop it.

Best case bent blade, worst case bent arbor.

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#12 posted 11-27-2014 04:02 AM

If itS a bent arbor. Is that fixable?

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#13 posted 11-27-2014 04:33 AM

Sorry to hear about your bad luck. I just can’t believe you would attempt to move your saw with the blade raised above the bed. That sounds like an expensive lesson to learn.

Good luck. I hope you get it running again.

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#14 posted 11-27-2014 12:55 PM

I’d think the arbor would be tough to bend, but it is replaceable. It’s likely that the blade is trash, and would one of the first things I’d look into, along with trunnion and pulley alignment, as well as belt tension.

Knowing the exact Ridgid model would narrow down the possibilities…some pics might help too if you don’t know the model #. (some of the Ridgid contractor saws have interchangeable parts with some of the older Craftsman contractor saws)

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#15 posted 11-27-2014 01:14 PM

Wow calm down and check it all over for obvious damage, if you don’t dee any then turn it over by hand or remove the blade and turn it over with power.If removing the blade removes the vibration then try another blade.It might be something very small to deal with,if nothing is broken underneath or twisted/.Alistair

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