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IrishBill

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04-06-2009 04:33 PM

Hi, everybody: I’m a new member. I just bought my first table saw (used in excellent shape) and need some help. I can’t figure out how to tilt the blade. It’s a Sears Craftsmen 10”. Has a crank wheel and lever on the front panel and a crank wheel on the right side. Is there a brake of some kind on the blade assembly? I can’t seem to include pictures here; I could e-mail pics of the saw if you e-mail me. Thanks in advance. Bill


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Waldschrat

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#1 posted 04-06-2009 04:39 PM

I am not familiar with the craftsmen saw in particular, but I do know that usually there is normally next to the crank to change the angle of the blade a Knob/screw of some type that you have to unscrew a little or loosen to turn the crank. Its that way with most machines, so the angle of the blade, cutting head or whatever does not move when cutting, so just look around, or perhaps someone here with such a saw can tell you directly. lots of luck!

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Woodchuck1957

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#2 posted 04-06-2009 04:41 PM

Try to see if you can get the Owners Manual from the previous owner, or get one through Sears. You should have one anyway, incase you ever have more questions, or need to order parts someday.

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Don Butler

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#3 posted 04-06-2009 04:43 PM

Craftsman saws often have a lock screw right in the middle of the tilt crank. It may be stuck. Give it a good twist to the left (counterclockwise). if nothing else works, you might need to disassemble the saw to find out why the tilt mechanism won’t work.

d

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JimmyNate

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#4 posted 04-06-2009 04:44 PM

The crank wheel on the right side should be the tilt. Like the other poster said, look for the locking mechanism. You might want to open the saw up and clean off the gears for both the depth and angle mechanisms and relube them with something like Boeshield T9.

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Woodchuck1957

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#5 posted 04-06-2009 04:53 PM

lol, you guys, this question is like saying that I bought a used Ford in good condition, but I can’t figure out how to release the parking brake. It’s rediculous, without a picture or a model number who knows what the heck he’s got. The funny thing is it happens all the time ! Somedays I tell ya, oh it’s Monday, no wonder. Whats this customer service / tool reviewer / teaching job pay ?

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 04-06-2009 05:10 PM

On some saws you have to push in on the crank wheel to engage the tilt.

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#7 posted 04-06-2009 06:36 PM

The first thing I thought of is the trunnion locking device that Don mentioned…it’s 4” or 5” long handle mounted on the front panel just below the table top, and may need to be loosed a 1/4 turn or so.

It’s also not a bad idea to make sure the gears are cleaned out…a wire brush should work.

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BethMartin

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#8 posted 04-06-2009 07:02 PM

I got the owners manual for the craftsman saw I’m using here:
http://www.managemyhome.com/

I’m new to table saws too. The owner’s manual is a must-read. Also, there are several videos on youtube about table saw safety that are very helpful. Like this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVpGi85HfnY

-- Beth

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IrishBill

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#9 posted 04-06-2009 07:28 PM

Ok, thanks to everybody…...tried movng the lever and fully raising the blade; incredibly hard to crank side wheel; got about a 10 degree tilt max, am now gonna try and find the manual on line. It just feels like it’s locked somehow…..

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Don Butler

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#10 posted 04-06-2009 08:07 PM

The tilt mechanism may be full of impacted sawdust and just plain gunk. You might have a look at the gears and clean them very carefully, and check the limit stops because a thick pad of the aforementioned stuff builds up there, too.

don

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timbob

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#11 posted 04-07-2009 12:35 AM

Welcome IrishBill. I used a belt drive craftsman/emerson for a long time. My kid still using it. The model number on the tag will get you alot of info from the sears parts web site. If it is like my old one the tilting arbor has a handle above the hight adjustment that locks the angle. Mine was kinda spring loaded so you have turn it, depress the handle and it can be reset like using a box end wrench. More than likely the jack screw that tilts the arbor is rusty or covered with saw dust ladened grease. A little elbow grease and time you should have it going again. Good luck.

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brianinpa

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#12 posted 04-07-2009 04:00 AM

There is more info here about Craftsman I have found anywhere else. Besides info you can download owners manuals. It would really help to know which model you have.

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#13 posted 04-07-2009 04:20 AM

um, also make sure there isn’t a ZERO CLEARANCE INSERT in the throat plate! that would make it realllll hard tilting that blade – can also do some damage both to the insert and blade and … who knows what else. if you’re not sure about the throat insert – take it out for testing this – then try tilting the blade, better safe than sorry.

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knotscott

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#14 posted 04-16-2009 01:22 PM

”um, also make sure there isn’t a ZERO CLEARANCE INSERT in the throat plate! that would make it realllll hard tilting that blade – can also do some damage both to the insert and blade and … who knows what else. if you’re not sure about the throat insert – take it out for testing this – then try tilting the blade, better safe than sorry.”

That’s an excellent suggestion! (DAMHIKT!)

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thelt

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#15 posted 04-16-2009 01:45 PM

The tilt lock on my Craftsman Contractor is located above the blade height adjustment wheel. It has a spring in it because it can only be turned about 90 degrees or so at a time. If this is the same as yours let me know and I can go into more detail.

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