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Makita LS1013 Sliding Compound Mitre saw will not lock at chosen positions/angles on the turnplate other than the standard stop points. Turning the handle will not lock the turnplate anymore, it used to, it just moves freely now until it hits the nearest stop point. Does anyone know how to fix this ? Machine is 3 years old.

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There is a stop underneath the base that should put pressure on the table to lock into any position. I would unplug tool and turn over gently and look at the condition of the threaded rod which pushes the stop and the bracket that holds it. The stop itself could be worn or the rod might not be putting enough pressure on it. Also look at the cam for the slide to make sure the tube is not stuck inside it from applying too much pressure on it. You can remove it and "squeeze shut some and then I would reverse it" If the black knob has come loose and the hex nut has backed off the rod might not be long enough to hold the stop. You can go to and download a breakdown to see what I am talking about. Let me know if you need more help.

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For yr first problem,,yr missing a "C" clip on the arm. yr second issue is u tightened the grip too tight, now u can take out the rod assy. remove the moon shaped clamp, squeeze it tighter and reinstall it back

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