Powermatic 63 tune up question

I just bought a used powermatic 63 saw and want do clean up the trunions and inside of the saw. The directions say to take the table off to get access to the saw. It also says that the miter slots are aligned at the factory but it doesnt say how to realign them after putting the table back on. I have a couple of questions. first if is it true that you should take off the table from the cabinet. and two, if so what are the procedures for realigning the miter slots. Thanks
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After replacing the tablesaw top, you will need to reset the alignment between the miter slot and the blade. See the last photos on http://www.woodshopdemos.com/align-1.htm
A dial indicator is a godsend in doing this -- if you don't have one, it is worth the expense. I have a cheapie from Grizzly.com, which is accurate enough for this. And the process will work just fine using a sawblade as opposed to the $$ Masterplate.
Matthew

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Kevin M Coleman wrote:

Fire away.

Yes.
Google the words TS Aligner. Download the instruction booklet. Read it over. Decide whether or not that you'd like to own the TS Aligner (it is worth the expense/it's not as big a "one trick pony" as some of the other devices) or figure out how you'd like to go about it without the TS Aligner, i.e., a wad of boogers, some dental floss, a popsicle stick and so on. The point is, Al Gore has seen to it that the information is out there and he brings it to us via the All Great and Powerful Google.
By the way, you didn't follow protocol on this one and let us know whatcha paid for the No. 63.
So?
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Unisaw A100 wrote:

Well, I have to admit I don't know the 63 well but w/ the 66 unless it's <really> crapped up badly you can clean it adequately w/o removing thetop (altho it's a little awkward granted). There just may not be sufficient clearance w/ the 63, but I'd sure be for looking around a little first just to save some time/effort....<unless> of course, I just wanted to disassemble the saw and clean it up, etc., just for the fun of it--which is, of course, not all that bad of a way to spend a day or so if you're in to that sort of thing... :)

As the other poster said, what you need is just a dial indicator and a magnetic base. I'm with the contingent that thinks TS Aligner is a way overpriced solution looking for a problem...
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On Fri, 24 Dec 2004 09:11:40 -0600, Duane Bozarth

Merry Christmas.
I agree to a point about the dial and base solution. it would be okay for measuring the height of the blade and maybe one or two other things, however, to measure the distance from slot to blade and slot to fence, the indicator must move position. Clearly the base and dial won't work unless supplemented by something else.
The TS-Aligner Jr (yes, I own one) is also used for much more than just the TS. I wouldn't hesitate to say there is not a better product for WW purposes on the market.
Since I've only had the device a short while I won't yet comment on it's cost effectiveness, although it has saved me money by being able to identify a manufacturing error that otherwise might have escaped me.
I agree with Keith that downloading and reading the book is a good idea, the techniques are good, basic approaches in a sensible sequence.
Greg
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Groggy wrote:

Can't argue w/ that too much, just that one can get the results far less expensively...
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Duane Bozarth wrote:

With a crusty booger, a popsicle stick, some floss and I heard recently belly button lint, right?
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Do Tell Duane!
Please explain every detail of your solution. And, don't leave out the part about measuring angles. Specifically, at $70, the TS-Aligner Jr. Lite can measure angles between 45 and 90 degrees with a resolution of 0.056 degrees. That's a bit better than 4 minutes of arc. You can get the same results "far less expensively"? I'm definitely interested and I'm sure that others in the group are too.
Thanks, Ed Bennett snipped-for-privacy@ts-aligner.com http://www.ts-aligner.com
Duane Bozarth wrote:

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wrote: [snip]

This dental floss idea has me wondering, are you flossing between the blade and some reference? Or you doing something else totally different that I may not even want to know about.
Happy Holidays!!!!!!!
-- John, in Minnesota
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I paid 450 with a few accessories. not the best deal around but its in good shape except the wings are horribly alligned. They slope upward so its going to take some effort to get it level.
Sorry for the basic question but on removing the table, the trunions are attched to the table so I just leave them attached and lift the table out ?
Thanks KC

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Kevin M Coleman wrote:

The wings can be shimmed with some aluminum foil.

Sorry but I mis-understood. I thought this was a cabinet saw.
It's a contractor's saw so I'd just flip it over and have at it the best way I could from the underside.
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