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post #1 of 7 Old 11-25-2017, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Table saw and loose screws?

I've had my TS (Delta 36-725) for about 2 years now.

Today we removed carpet from the garage where my shop is, and when I moved the TS by the rails I noticed the wings were loose.

I tightened them up and afterwards noticed the screws that hold the front and rear rails were loose as well. I removed the rails to get to other loose screws holding the wings together.

So my question is, is this normal or did I not tighten them enough when I set up the saw or did they just shake loose over time?

It's not that the saw has had problems, but I was surprised by how many screws were significantly loose.

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It sounds like you didn't get it tight enough but without being there it's hard to say. You should be able to lift that saw and carry it by the rails.
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Little unusual that a lot of screws were lose, but not really horribly so. Being painfully honest its likely you just didn't tighten them properly, but even if you did its perfectly possible that after 2 years of intermittent vibrations they just wobbled themselves loose

Loctite is your best friend. Keep a bottle around, use some any time you don't want a machine screw or bolt to undo by itself (read as: use it on pretty much everything)
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the best Chinese junk money can buy . . . I eventually had to replace all the SAE nuts/bolts on mine. the metrics are okay, but their tolerances on SAE is not even close . . . .
they're "tight" but the threads are not, and then they come loose.
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the best Chinese junk money can buy . . . I eventually had to replace all the SAE nuts/bolts on mine. the metrics are okay, but their tolerances on SAE is not even close . . . .
they're "tight" but the threads are not, and then they come loose.
I would think since they all have lock nuts they would not loosen.

I find it kinda odd they would just loosen up like that.
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I once had an old outboard motor where bolts holding it to a base plate kept coming loose. A friend made some tab washers out of a tin can (We were boating down the Thames at the time) these worked well. Was in the early 50s no loctite at the time.
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I would think since they all have lock nuts they would not loosen.

I find it kinda odd they would just loosen up like that.
Never trust locknuts. Those little plastic bastards lure you into a false sense of security before failing at the most in-opportune moments. Ive had plenty of nylon "locknuts" go loose on me. Never had loctite fail on me
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