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01-06-2015 08:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw table saw miter slop miter slop

I recently upgraded from a Ryobi (Playschool) Tablesaw, my first, to a real adult’s saw, the DWE7491RS. I am overall pleased with the functionality and modularity of saw and stand. The miter gauge and gauge channel, though, have a little slop that I’m not too pleased with. Is there an adjustment I can make to the supplied gauge track or should I get an aftermarket? Any suggestions on a low-cost version?


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#1 posted 01-06-2015 09:29 PM

I always use a carpenters square to set the blade at true 90 degrees.. I also use a small digital angle meter if I want to tune it to some other degree. I think you can get them at Rockler.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 09:43 PM

I mean that when I put the miter gauge in the channel, it has a little bit of wiggle room.

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 09:49 PM

Oh, sorry, my mind went elsewhere. Don’t know what you can do about that, I never use the miter slot on mine. It’s mostly full of bits of glue anyway.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 01-07-2015 01:25 AM

Take a center punch and a hammer and punch small divots in the bottom edge of your miter bar to expand it slightly. If you get it too tight a little sanding will get it just right.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 01:29 AM

Go after market. I was eyeing the Incra V27 (can be found for ~$55-$60) but got a killer deal on a 1000HD. It has proven to be a phenominal investment for my Dewalt DWE7491RS.

-- paxorion

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 01:45 AM


Go after market. I was eyeing the Incra V27 (can be found for ~$55-$60) but got a killer deal on a 1000HD. It has proven to be a phenominal investment for my Dewalt DWE7491RS.

- paxorion

A agree with that. It is sad how many proud trusted tool makes such as DeWalt and Ridgid went the Cheap Chinese Political Prisoner route to shave a few bucks and the product is worse than CRAP

I have had people that work in Metal their whole lives that CAN NOT identify the metals used in some major parts of the current Power tools being made in China.

A couple have told me it’s whatever they find to through in the smelter that day. Including radioactive metals

-- Rich

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 01:49 AM

Drill and tap it (the miter bar that is). Use brass set screws to take up the slack at the front middle and back. Use purple or blue loctite. Think I might’ve used 6-32×1” slotted and just cut the head off, then cut a new slot so it could sink into the gauge.

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 02:22 AM

If I understand you correctly the miter gauge is a bit loose in the miter slots, try running a piece of masking tape down the side edge of the miter gauge or do a full wrap, that should fix you right up, dont worry, thats a fantastic saw, congrats with the new purchase.

ps, dont worry too much about a slight slop.

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#9 posted 01-08-2015 03:27 PM

Thanks, everybody. Good idea with the tape, Mike. I’ll try that first. If it doesn’t work, I’ll buy an Incra. I don’t think all that futzing around with center punches and drills is worth the cheapo gauge that they provided. paxorion, where’d you find that deal?

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#10 posted 01-08-2015 03:36 PM

Check with lee valley, or woodcraft, i believe they have a replacment bar that has nylon set screws in its sides to adjust in and out to remove the side to side movement in the miter slot..

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#11 posted 01-08-2015 09:33 PM


Thanks, everybody. Good idea with the tape, Mike. I ll try that first. If it doesn t work, I ll buy an Incra. I don t think all that futzing around with center punches and drills is worth the cheapo gauge that they provided. paxorion, where d you find that deal?

- bhacksaw

Which one are you referring to? The Incra V27 has listings on Google and Amazon for the pricing I stated

I got my Incra 1000HD from Rockler for $120. It’s come up at that price twice in 2014.

-- paxorion

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