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pigeonface

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Hi All! So as some might have seen, I have acquired a well used 40-560. There are a few things missing from it but it is still very workable, however, it is quite different from my old Titan.

It does not have the original quickset clamps as part of the top seems to have broken at some point (not an issue, I'm happy with using the allen key version - see pic). These clamps are quite flexible back and forth, I'm assuming to allow some give in the blade? My Titan was very rigid (solid fixed blade clamps) but this Delta seems to bend a lot to the point where Im scared the blade with break. I have tried adjusting the tension to the max but it's still very flexible. Is this normal?

I'm currently trying to cut an inch thick short piece of oak which I realise would be slower anyway, but it does seem that if I want any movement at all, I have to push hard enough to labour the machine or even break the blade. Even cutting thin mdf or birch ply is noticeably slower than that shown in youtube videos (or what I could previously do on my Titan). What am I doing wrong?
 

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The play in clamps goes away when you tension the blade. The lever at the side of the top arm needs to come forward when fitting a blade, you then push the lever back to where it is in the photo and this tensions the blade and stiffens up the clamps. If doing this doesn't tighten up the blade then with the lever forward turn the bolt on top of the arm clockwise a little and try the lever again. Here is a pdf of the manual, page 11 deals with fitting blades. Any questions just ask.
 

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Yeah this is what i've done but there is still rather a lot of play in the blade once the tension is tightened. Maybe I'm not gripping the blades in the right place.
Thank you for the manual, that is very useful. :)
 

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Slacken the clamps, put the blade in then push it down or up until it stops then tighten the clamp up. Then push the lever back, if the doesn't apply enough tension then the bolt on top of the arm needs screwing in. This is a lot harder to put in words than show you, if you are anywhere near NG20 then I could have you sorted in less than half an hour.
 

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