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Circular saw base plate loose

I have an old Craftsman 7-1/4" circular saw (from 1998) that has a loose base plate & I was wondering if it could be tightened.

I'm building a farmhouse table & trying to get the end of the boards flush so I can attach the breadboards. The main center boards are already glued & screwed together.

I used a clamping saw guide/straight edge & made the cut, but the boards are somehow not flush. I'm assuming it's the loose baseplate + imperfect boards (slight bows, etc) + me reaching to finish the cut, causing the cut to be uneven (not 90). Looking at the board ends, I can see where the cut is not smooth. I tried to apply even pressure, but no luck.

The top is pretty heavy & my table saw is just a 10" benchtop variant, so that's probably out of the question.

Any advice would be great. New circular saw, different method, etc..
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-16-2018, 05:13 PM
where's my table saw?
 
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Loose where?

Where is the saw loose on the base?



At the front where it locks or at the rear where it pivots?

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I have an ancient B&D circular saw that my neighbor used for two years to saw concrete and tile. When he returned it to me the pivot point rivets for the base were really, really worn. I drilled them out and replaced them with comparable sized machine screws and locknuts. The old orange beast works just like new. When I got it back, I tore it down, cleaned the cement and grout dust off, and re-greased the gearbox.

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Where is the saw loose on the base?



At the front where it locks or at the rear where it pivots?
At the front, where it connects to the fixed guard. There's a little hollow rivet(?). Part 27 in the diagram, I believe.

Actually, here's the link to the specific model.
https://www.ereplacementparts.com/cr...66_172683.html
Part 17 /roll pin (discontinued)

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That saw is remarkable!

I used an old Skil saw to cut marble and it needed to be factory rebuilt after that. I probably would have written that one off after 1 year, much less two years. You're an awful nice guy Jim....

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