Someone was listening, on the later Axminster model of the this saw, the TS200-2/250-2 the manufacturer modified the fixing to incorporate Eric's excellent idea and replaced the nuts with a tapped steel plate, unfortunately these are not shown in the manual diagrams so do not have a part number to enable ordering as a retro fit, but they are shown on Page 28 fig 98: http://www.axminster.co.uk/media/downlo ... manual.pdf I am sure that Axminster being the helpful people they are would order in these if asked.Eric The Viking":1czlz1e0 said:2. The trunnion mountings. I seriously hope Kity changed these on later production runs, but in case they didn't:
The 'trunnions' aren't really trunnions, but the two pivots for the tilt action of the saw. There's a pair of 'yokes' underneath the tabletop, one at each end, with a pair of bolts for each, clamping said yokes in place. The two pivots each sit in the middle of these yokes, and there is allowancew for side-to-side adjustment, so you can align the blade accurately parallel to the mitre tracks. This you need to do, obviously.
On mine, the pairs of bolts were just countersunk Allen-headed (M6, IIRC), secured underneath with an anti-shake washer and an ordinary nut. To align the blade, you need to:
This would be straightforward if it wasn't for (1.), as the bolts line up very awkwardly with the frame both at the front and the back - there's no room to swing a small earwig, and you certainly can't get a socket wrench (or even a ring spanner) on them. Prepare for a lot of cursing, barked knuckles, etc.
- fit a spanner underneath the table,
- ease off each bolt,
- slide the trunnion sideways to taste
- tighten everything up again and double check it didn't slip whilst being tightened.
The fix is to make a small steel plate, with a pair of clearance holes and nuts tack-welded on, the same distance apart as the holes in the tabletop. File off the lugs on the aluminium yoke castings and make them smooth underneath so your new clamping plate can slide properly. Replace the two individual nuts with the new arrangement. Voila! You can now loosen and tighten the crucial bolts simply by applying an Allen key from above. You might equally just drill + tap two holes in a bit of plate instead, but I didn't have thick enough plate and tacking nuts on was quicker.
Thank you Marcros, and Giff, too.marcros":2618hnoq said:if you wanted a present idea, the workshop essentials dvd on table saw use could be a good idea.