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Jet Tablesaw Blade Creep!7/23/14
I am going absolutely nuts over this ongoing problem. My 10" Jet (15 years old) had started chewing up zero clearance throat plates and I could see a lurch in the blade sometimes at start up. I've replaced the belts, bearings in arbor and motor and on start up can see the blade either wobble or actually move enough to the right that it's noticeable if you watch closely! Has anyone experienced this?, if so is there a remedy? I had a professional shop do the bearings, check for electrical surge, and all seems to be in order. Could the trunnion housing be worn? Appreciate any thoughts you may have. It does this with any blade and I've replace the flange washer with a stabilizer.
What blade are you using?
Rich, using a Tenryu Gold Medal, also an Amana rip blade. Doesn't seem to make a difference!
I think there must be something loose in the trunnion. I'd flip it over on it's top, then start pushing and pulling or prying with a lever to find out where the slop is.
Keith, that's what I'm suspecting too. Never having done that I suppose I'll need to remove the top of the saw to get to the trunnion -- is that right?
I'm thinking about where you could have slop in the mechanism. Have you checked the sliding contact surfaces on the tilt part of the trunion? Is this a contractors style or cabinet saw? Make sure all belts and motor weight is taken off the trunion when you check it. I once bought a saw that seemed fine, until I took off the belts. The motor was heavy enough to load up the mechanism and it made it impossible to feel the looseness.
Its a 15 year old Jet. Did you expect it to be the last saw you would ever purchase? Even if you figure this out, something else is going to go wrong with it next week. Sounds like you should be in the market for an upgrade.
Could be loose bolts holding the top to the trunnion. Check for parallel between the blade and miter slots. Then give the top a bit of a twist and see if it remains the same.
Could you solved the problem? I thinks too you should be in the market for an upgrade.