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post #1 of 6 Old 08-07-2008, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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Table saw Tune up?

I got my table saw almost 2 weeks ago and I haven't had a chance to use it yet

This is a used saw and me being the newb I am I have more questions.

I wonder what are the basic things I should do to it before I start working with it. if you notice in the pic, the top has been sprayed painted so is the throat insert. should I get all the paint off? Also, the handles to raise and to angle the blade is kind of hard to turn, should I grease thes parts?

As you can tell I am clueless and I would like to know the right "Tune-up" to do to it. Thank you
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A little lube on the internal gears couldn't hurt. I don't think I would worry about the spray paint unless it starts to rub off and stain whatever you're cutting. A tune up should probably consist of adjustments to ensure the blade is parallel to the table guides, the fence is parallel to the blade, and the angle of the blade is accurate. If it works good and is adjusted properly, who cares what it looks like. Maybe a little wax on the table top to help wood slide easily would be nice.

And throat plates are often painted red to signify "danger zone".
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I agree with geoguy about making sure everything is adjusted as true as it can be. You definetly want that blade and fence adjusted correctly, otherwise you could get yourself hurt. Personally, I wouldn't like the painted table top and would think it would create more friction when trying to make cuts. I would try to remove the paint and then sand it smooth and apply some paste wax to it to protect it and make it smooth as butta. .02

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Instead of grease on the internal gears, you might want to consider Johnson's paste floor wax. Grease + sawdust = a paste that may make those gears even harder to turn. The wax doesn't react to sawdust to the same extent.
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You can spray the gears with white lithium grease. Sprays on as a liquid and dries like a hard wax to resist attracting sawdust. Get it aligned, add a good sawblade, and wax the top.
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Being a used saw I would also check the blade run-out.
You'll need a dial indicator like one of these to do it...beg, borrow, steal one if you can.
If nothing else at least have a good look at the face of the arbor.
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