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Forum topic by texretvet posted 01-28-2015 09:46 PM 902 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2015 09:46 PM

Here is a comparison of how my saw cut before and after some small upgrades.



Saw pics…

Again, thanks to everyone for the help!!

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#1 posted 01-28-2015 10:30 PM

Interesting! What were the upgrades?

-- John, New Jersey

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#2 posted 01-28-2015 11:16 PM

Took the tilting arbor out and cleaned tightened and lubed everything
Replaced arbor bearings
Added machined steel pulleys and a LINK BELT
Sturdied up the base
Squared everything to the miter slot

With the PALS system I ordered, but haven’t received yet, I spent about $70 on upgrades. Bought the saw for $120, so for $190 I have a saw that performs as well or better than much more expensive saws.

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#3 posted 01-28-2015 11:50 PM

Wow….. a pic is definitely worth a thousand words. That’s a notable improvement in my book! That’s all with the same blade? (50T Freud TK?)

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 01-29-2015 12:07 AM

if that saw is cutting that well now, what are the PALS needed for? and he did it with the fence that everyone maligns as a piece of junk. congrats on a job erl done.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#5 posted 01-29-2015 01:48 AM

Knot….yes it’s the same blade. Diablo (Freud) 50T Combo blade. Bought it at home depot.

Toolie…Yeah, the PALS may actually be a little overkill. It is lined up pretty good just with a square and feeler gauge. But, my OCD tells me it is not perfect. LOL I can tell that there is a little error bacuase when I line the fence up to the blade with the fence right on the edge of the miter slot There is about a half millimeter difference across the 27” depth. That’s only 20 thou. over 27” so I’m not sure how bad that really is.

I did use the factory fence, I’ve never had a fence that I didn’t have to manually measure the distance to each side of the blade, but that takes me about 15 seconds.

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#6 posted 01-29-2015 01:57 AM

Wow! Big improvement! I can’t believe a 50 tooth combo will cut that thick stock that clean with no burning. I would probably be using the 24 tooth Diablo with a zero clearance insert.

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

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#7 posted 01-29-2015 02:00 AM

I had that same saw for over 20 years. I did the same upgrades you did and also replaced the fence and rails. That was probably the most important upgrade.
I just replace it with a 3 HP Grizzly G0690. That was a vast improvement over the Craftsman.
I do believe that the Craftsman was actually made in the U.S. and it was a really good saw and it served me well.
I just couldn’t cut thick stock without burning it. It just seemed under power for me.
Glad you are enjoying yours. It will last you for a very long time.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#8 posted 01-29-2015 02:03 AM

Nice improvement…. bearings, belt & pulleys….
With a little elbow grease and effort thrown in!!!

Looking forward to seeing the projects….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 01-29-2015 03:59 AM

I cut a 1/4 slice off of a 2” thick piece of mesquite tonight and did get a little burning.

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