Good evening... If any of you collectors of older Beaver/Rockwell table saws are listening, perhaps you could help?
Recently I picked up a 9" full cast contractor saw and I am in the midst of tuning it as near to perfection as I can. The only things left to tackle are the arbor run out problem and the possibility of fitting a blade cover/splitter to it. This saw was never released with a guard assembly offered so anyone with creative solutions, feel free to comment (I'd rather not make one from scratch). Anyway... I got a burst of initiative today and ripped the whole saw down limb from limb. I took both the bearings out and I have found a source for replacements locally. I also found a machine shop that said they'll press the new ones in for $5-$10 on a lunch break. Sometimes you get lucky... I do have a little concern though... I have been noticing some serious run out at the arbor (I've sanded, polished, etc. both of the washers with no major improvement). Anyway, the flange or arbor washer directly in front of the bearing closest to the blade... is it supposed to be physically attached to the shaft or is it meant to be removable? I managed to take it off but it required some careful blows with a punch and dead mallet. Since I took it apart, I now know that the chances of a warped shaft are slim to none. I am hoping that by replacing both bearings and flanges/nuts, I should be good to go. Is it normal for the arbor flange to have a **tiny** bit of play or is it supposed to be 100% rock solid (before the nut is tightened down on it)? The movement I found at the flange had nothing to do with the bearings as the two pieces have a tiny gap between them (I was thinking maybe some kind of spacer/snap ring went south). Should I replace the washers and the bearings and call it a day or should I order a new arbor assy also?? Thoughts??