Every table saw owner should know how to tune up their saw — whether it’s a brand new beauty or a Craigslist bargain.
New models can get jostled around and misaligned during shipping. Simply using a saw can push it out of alignment over time.
And that 10 year old Craftsman you crammed in the back of your Fiat? You best believe it needs a tune up.
A misaligned table saw — where certain components are out of square to each other — is a problem for two reasons.
One, it won’t make accurate cuts.
Your boards won’t be square. You’ll get burned edges. And the table saw motor will have to work way too hard.
Two, misalignment can be a recipe for dangerous situations.
I’m talking pinched boards and murder-missle kickbacks. Probably not what you signed up for when you started woodworking.
But don’t fret.
Assuming it’s in decent working condition, tuning up and maintaining a table saw doesn’t require a Masters in mechanical engineering.
All you need to do is follow this 5 Step Process to ensure your machine is safe and accurate — before you turn it on and find out the hard way.