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Forum topic by GCWC posted 12-11-2014 02:46 PM 746 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2014 02:46 PM

I have a contractors Craftsman saw not sure of model, about 8 years old.
the problem I have is when crank the handle for 45 degree angle cuts.

After I get to about the 30 degree mark it is really hard to crank, I crank seem to find any where it is binding and the shaft turns straight.

any ideas would be great, I don’t know if it’s just the weight of the motor that makes it more difficult, but holy crap it gets hard.

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#1 posted 12-11-2014 04:07 PM

I am not sure about your model, but I had a 113 craftsman that had a similar issue. Is your saw one where the motor hangs out the back? I found that my issue was that as I was cranking the weight of the motor and arbor assembly was causing the sheet metal to bend inward. I looked inside the cabinet and saw that the retaining bracket for the shaft was pulling away from the sheet metal and causing the whole thing to bend. What I did was go the home depot and bought some nuts, bolts and washers. The retaining bracket was originally held in place by screws, which I guess would come lose under the stress, once I installed the bolts I was able to easily crank it to 45 degrees. The truth is cabinet is too flimsy for the kind of stress that motor and arbor assembly is putting on it. Check the right side of your saw where the crank wheel is. If you see deformation in the sheet metal than that is the cause, what I described above helped, but what it really needs is more reinforcement.

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 11:31 AM

thanks David, I’ll have to take a closer look this weekend

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#3 posted 12-12-2014 01:33 PM

Can’t hurt to make sure the gears are cleaned and lubed.

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