I've started over from scratch setting up my table with the manual in hand.
All goes fine until I try to check column-to-column support adjustment.
With the arm indexed at 0 degrees and locked, the end of the arm can be lifted
about 3/8 inch, and you can see the column shift within the column support.
It does NOT shift side-to-side and it is NOT shifting at the arm-to-column
Elevation resistance is normal.
To help visualize it, it's as if there's a missing lower stabilizing ring on the
column, allowing the bottom of the column to shift front-to-back inside the the
column support when the end of the arm is lifted by hand.
Is some vertical play normal? How much do you have?
the column, allowing the bottom of the column to shift front-to-back inside the
the column support when the end of the arm is lifted by hand.
I can't imagine that vertical play is normal on
any radial arm saw, otherwise the depth of a cut
could vary on a cross cut. With my arm unlocked
there is very little play and with it locked there
is no play. Well if you lifted hard enough you
could bend the arm, but that would be stupid.
It sounds like something is worn out or has
shifted. Probably the only thing you can do is
take it apart and look.
Should be no vertical play other than the very slight slack in the
adjustment screw. 3/8 is way too much.
Do you have the Jon Eakes book? If so check page 43.
If this is a Craftsman, there should be 6 bolts going side-to-side at the
back of the casting. Two of them may be a different color--try taking up on
those. If they're all the same color then try the top one and not the one
immediately below it but the one below that (if the bolts are numbers 1, 2,
3, 4, 5, 6 starting from the top it would be "1" and "3" that you're
Also, in a good light inspect that casting for cracks.
I thought I had tried every permutation, but I guess I'd missed one.
I tightened the #3 bolt ONLY about 1 flat and it was perfect. I think
I'd been snugging #1 and #3 equally as I went along. It's solid both
ways, locked and unlocked. It's a little stiffer (ugh) to crank, but
now I can move on with the set -up.
Thank you for the replies.
(I'm looking forward to recieving the book - just couldn't wait to
On Fri, 27 Oct 2006 07:44:31 -0400, "J. Clarke"
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