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darsunt 10-24-2012 05:04 PM

No lock on heigh handle of dewalt table saw?
I recently bought a dewalt 745 table saw. The blade height adjusting wheel has no lock. The fellow at HD did not know why, but thinks that since the wheel spins so fast, the centrifugal force is so much there is no need to lock down the height of the wheel. Is this true?

woodworkbykirk 10-24-2012 06:44 PM

they dont come with a lock.. and its not missing. the only lock they have is for the fence and for setting the angle of blade..

i have yet to see a contractor saw that the blade height locks in

DannyT 10-24-2012 06:51 PM

don't listen to guys or gals in orange aprons, or blue ones either

SeniorSitizen 10-24-2012 07:06 PM

A good move at this time would be to read your owner's manual and acquaint yourself with the names of the parts of your saw . By doing this at least you'll know more than the sales department at HD where you bought it and discover everything on it isn't a wheel .

The manual may not mention it but almost everything that has a screw thread and a bearing has some slack, so with this in mind when adjusting the depth of cut do the final adjustment on the increase of depth . This won't be of importance on some cuts but those such as dadoes and grooves it will . Just make it a habit from the get go and you'll be fine without a lock that no saw I ever saw had .

darsunt 10-27-2012 10:51 AM

Thanks guys. I was just concerned it might not be safe, or that I might damage the wood being ripped if it was not locked don't. I won't worry about it now.

oh'mike 10-27-2012 06:17 PM

By the way---I have one of those little DeWalt saws-----nice--I like mine.

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