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When I returned from a weeks trip this week, my blade would not go all the way down; lacking about 3/8 inch. Wen I left last week, it was fine. I cleaned the rack and pinion with a wire brush after i blew all the saw dust off with an air hose. I also lightly oiled the mechanism; did'nt help. What else can I do?

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You only have 2 spots that will stop the blade from coming down unless something broke. There is a pin in the trunnion gear thing that is the stop. With the blade off, you can see the pin, right above the gear cut, it stops on a big pin in the back of the gear. It could be covered with stringy stuff and you wouldn't see it. And the other spot would be the back of the motor when it drops down, it could be hitting on a block of wood at the back of the saw. I can't see anyplace else it would stop. Did somebody use the saw while you were gone? Did they change the blade? How about the belt? I'm dieing to find out what happened. Hope this helps.

Posted on May 14, 2010

  • rhildebrandt May 17, 2010

    Because of the informatyion you gave me I removed the motor cover and found it packed with saw dust. I had not cleaned it out in 15 years! That solved the problem. Is there an easy way to prevent this from happening again? Thanks.


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    Ned White May 18, 2010

    Oh yeah, I took that cover off and through it in the trash with the rip guard. How can the dust come out?? It can't, but I guess they expect you to have a vacuum system hooked up. My vacuum system is in the ceiling in the form of a whole house fan that will pull your wig off. Just above the saw, catches all the fine stuff, great for smoke too. I have a forge set up on the bench. We cook up a lot of metals.



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