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    • #10453
      Terry Alexander

      I am a relatively skilled craftsman, however, I have just recently been using a table saw. Why, when cutting a length of birch plywood, does my saw “bind” and try to throw the piece of wood back to me. For example: I have a 4 x 2 piece of plywood and I am cutting it down to 4 x 18″. I set my fence so that the work piece (6″) is riding on the fence. Not only does my table saw bind, but I find my cut to not be uniform the entire length of the wood. I am using an extremely old table saw (formerly my father-in-laws) and I do have a new blade on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • #76265
      Bruce Miller

      Hi Terry:
      The most likely cause of your binding problem is that your rip fence is moving. I had the same problem with my cheapie Craftsman 10″ TS. On large pieces of plywood I had to wind up clamping the rip fence to the table top to keep it still. Also, be sure that the rip fence is running parallel to your blade. You can do this by running your blade all the way up, then measuring the distance from the front edge of the blade to the rip fence and the back edge (the edge nearest you) to the rip fence. Measurements should be identical.

      It is also possible (but much less likely) that there is play in the bearing on the shaft that the blade bolts to. You can subjectively ‘feel’ this by first unplugging your saw, then run the blade up as high as it will go, and then grab the blade with both hands resting on the table with the blade between each thumb and index finger, and rock the blade back and forth. You should not be able to ‘feel’ and play in the bearing. If you feel any kind of mechanical, metal-to-metal clunking, the bearing is bad and will have to be replaced.

      Hope this helps

      Best wishes

      Bruce M

    • #76268
      seumas maccombie

      if the blade is solid on the arbour with no play then the rip fence technology is at fault,for the ultimate solution see the info at http://www.island.net/~macduff/ is change to difficult to comprehend for the betterment and safer operation of the worlds no1 woodworking machine,but it still remains potentially the most dangerous to operate

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