Newbie Needs help with TS that won't raise or lower!!!!!!

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Forum topic by RockyTopScott posted 05-24-2009 08:09 PM 773 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2009 08:09 PM

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Steel City 10” Model 35618 Left Tilt – one year old.

I have been using a dado stack for the past few days and changed back to my normal blade.

After I installed the blade and lowerd it to install the guard and zero clearance plate, it would not come back up.

I have cleaned out the saw with my dry-vac and cannot see any debris in the way.

It has very little range of motion and when I try to force the issue the saw starts to lift up off the floor by the handle.

The manual indicates to clean away debris and grease, but does not say what to grease.

I need the LJ experts opinion as to what to do.

Many Thanks

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#1 posted 05-24-2009 08:10 PM

Sounds like a sawdust buildup somewhere.

Dado’s create a lot of sawdust.

Basically grease where metal moves on metal.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 08:57 PM

I’m with Gary, if it free wheeled it could be a keeper. It could be a strip of wood jamed in there also

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#3 posted 05-24-2009 09:14 PM

Here is something that happened to my table saw (not steel city). The worm gear that drives the raise/lower mechanism is held in place by a rolled spring pin. I guess the pin lost some of its’ tension and partially slipped out of its hole (from vibration). When I tried to change the blade height, the exposed pin hit the trunnion frame and would not allow the gearing to move. Replaced the pin and it has been working OK.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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