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I have a stripped screw in the throat plate of a BT3100 table saw I got used. The saw works ok , but, I can't replace the blade till I get that screw out. I tried soaking it with a product called lockout which says it will help to loosen the screw. I also used a screw extractor to no avail, It's still stuck and won't move.
Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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Greg,

Give us a little more information. Is this a Phillips screw? Are you saying that the 'X' slots of the screw are torn out so the screwdriver won't grip? Is rust involved?

If so, Have you tried to drill the head off? Just use a drill bit a little bigger than the threaded portion of the screw and drill away. Once the head is off, remove the throat plate and take the remains of the screw out by turning it with a pliers.

Another solution might be to get under the saw to see if the threads are exposed on the other side so you could get it turning from that end.

Is the throat plate metal? If so, heat (a propane torch) might get things going. Don't burn down your shop!

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Do as Bill suggested or try a left handed cobalt drill bit.
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Yes it is a phillips screw with the x slot stripped and the throat plate is metal, I tried using the Grabbit extractor and the screw wouldn't move.
I can't see any rust

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Drill that screw head off!

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Thanks,

I'm going to drill it out and I'll let you know how it went..

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I finally got back in the garage after having some health issues and was able to get the screw out by drilling it out.I removed the blade and it was in bad shape with rust on it and probably dull ( I got burn marks when cutting some scrap wood). Also removed the blade guard and will look into getting a shark guard. I am going to MLCS tomarrow and get a penn industries 1HP DC1B-XL Dust Collector with 1 Micron Bags for $279.95,it has a 1 micron bag and has a footprint of only 25" by 15" which will be ok for my small shop.

Thanks for all your ideas

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when I checked out the DC it was bigger than I imagined and would really crowd my small shop where floor space is at a premium. I went to HD and got a rigid wd1420 pro vac on sale for $99 and with the HF 20% coupon paid $79.20. This will have to work for now.

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I was going to say, I just stripped a screw that held my table saw insert in place and used a 1/8" drill bit to drill it out. It worked great.

Good luck with the new dust collector. I need one big time. MDF is nasty stuff.
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