Table Saw servicing and cleaning idea: A Hoist

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Forum topic by wmlaveck posted 12-27-2014 01:03 AM 882 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2014 01:03 AM

I own a 1970 Craftsman contractor table saw. As all of you know, there is not much room to clean, lube and service inside the cabinet. As the saw is mounted to the top, not the cabinet, I have been thinking of using a hoist to lift and slide the saw from the cabinet for servicing. I would remove the bolts connecting the top to the cabinet. I would also need to remove the blade tilt screw. I would like to hear your comments on this. Has anyone done anything like this? If it works out, I’ll submit some pictures.

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#1 posted 12-27-2014 01:16 AM

Having cleaned and lubed one like yours I think tilting it over on it’s side would be easier than removing the bolts for the top and removing the tilt screw would be a lot of extra work.

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 12-27-2014 02:55 AM

Thank you for you reply. Do you think the hoist could serve to help me lower and then raise the saw back up?

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#3 posted 12-27-2014 03:23 AM

Is this a regular contractor’s saw with an open stand and the motor hanging off the back?

If so, i had one just like it and when I serviced mine I did the following:

  • Remove fence and extension wings
  • Remove motor
  • Unbolt saw from stand
  • Position a couple saw horses beside the saw and roll the saw onto them until it’s upside down and ready for maintenance.

It looks complicated when I write it out but it only took 10 minutes. It took twice that long to reassemble because of fence and wing alignment. Still not a big deal if you only need to do it every couple of years.


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#4 posted 12-27-2014 03:34 AM

I guess if you already have a hoist in your shop, I don’t see why that wouldn’t work. But otherwise, Mike’s method is the route I’d go. Or just gently tip the saw over, and flip it upside down on the shop floor. Use compressed air and a toothbrush to remove gunk/funk, then lube with motorcycle chain lubricant (dry lube). Flip it back over, check the blade/fence alignment…..and start cutting wood.

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