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1495Re: [sawsmith] Newbie new owner of Sawsmith - where do I start?

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  • grandpadon47@sbcglobal.net
    Apr 2, 2012
      Jeff: Welcome to the group. My first thought here is get a copy of FUN WITH A SAW.
      I think it tells alot of stuff the manuals don't. Until you get that book look at the post on the site. At the top of the page type in lubrication for example. That will show you the posts of other members and some of their problems.
      I will let some of the other members that have completely disassembled their saws answer some of the other questions. grandpadon in Missouri

      --- On Sun, 4/1/12, jeffwhataguy <jeffwhataguy@...> wrote:

      From: jeffwhataguy <jeffwhataguy@...>
      Subject: [sawsmith] Newbie new owner of Sawsmith - where do I start?
      To: sawsmith@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Sunday, April 1, 2012, 9:34 PM

      My neighbor gave me a sawsmith that has been in his barn for a LONG time. It is in visually good condition. I have all the manuals (the ones that are already online). I tested that it spins when powered up, so the switch and motor and cables are good.

      But this is my first experience with a Sawsmith, or any RAS for that matter. I've got lots of experience with a basic old Sears tablesaw but the adjustments on that are comparatively trivial. Sorry to ask so many questions in my first post; I'de welcome links to where these questions have already been answered if they have.

      1. What should I do to the saw before I start trying to use it? Any lubrication or anything else that needs checking so I don't damage it when I start using it?

      2. I'm having trouble making sense of the directions. I can't figure out how to do some fundamental things like adjust the miter angle? Arm lock and Yoke lock don't seem to release it - still locked into place. This is hopefully a basic question - step by step how do I adjust the miter angle?

      3. Similar problem with the "twist lock handle". It doesn't twist for me - plus there is a chrome knob on top of the handle that isn't shown in the manual and that I don't know what to do with. Any hints on how this works so I can bevel the blade?

      4. Beyond not knowing how to adjust it, my main known problem at this point is that the bevel gear is missing a tooth. When I got it the crank arm and gear weren't even installed. They were in a box with a few other parts including another bevel gear that is in even worse shape, so it looks like this is a weak link. I found a link for a replacement part on the Database page, though the link didn't work. Is there still a source for this part? The arm seems like it is very heavy and will strip out a new gear if I'm able to find one. Any advice on how to lubricate this so I can lift it manually to make the saw usable until I can get a new gear?

      5. Only other known problem at this point are the table (particle board) is lifting on the sides so I guess I'll have to make a new one out of plywood. At this point I assume I can use 3/4" plywood - is there a better way to go?

      Thanks for listening,
      Jeff, Serial Number 714083.

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