Table Saw: Bad cuts

If you have to push the work piece harder through the table saw blade and you see ragged, torn, splintered or burnt grain along the edges where you just cut, you may need to clean, adjust or replace the blade. You may also need to clean the table and use a guide to achieve clean cuts.

First, check the condition of the saw blade for damage or residue. Clean gum or pitch residue off the blade using turpentine and steel wool. Replace the saw blade if it's worn or damaged.

Check blade alignment because the blade won't make accurate cuts if it's not parallel with the miter gauge groove. If blade alignment is off, use a combination square to accurately adjust the blade so it's parallel with the miter gauge groove.

Use the right type of saw blade to cleanly cut the work piece.

Clean gum or pitch off the table so the work piece feeds smoothly through the cutting blade area when making cuts.

Use the rip fence or miter gauge to guide your work piece through the saw blade for uniform cuts.

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These repairs may help solve your table saw problem

Adjust the table saw blade

Adjust the table saw blade

The table saw blade won't make perfect cuts if it's not parallel with the miter gauge groove. Check the blade alignment using a combination square and adjust the blade to parallel with the miter gauge groove.

April 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to adjust a table saw blade

If your table saw isn't cutting straight or true, the blade alignment may be off. This step-by-step repair guide and video show how to adjust a table saw blade in 30 minutes or less.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the table saw blade

Replace the table saw blade

The table saw blade becomes dull with use. Cutting hard wood or metal dulls the blade faster. The blade is dull when you must apply significantly more than normal force to push the piece you're cutting through the blade.

April 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a table saw blade

When a table saw blade isn't making the cut, the blade may be worn. This DIY repair guide and video show how to replace a table saw blade in just 15 minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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Symptoms for table saws

Choose a symptom to see related table saw repairs.

Main causes: blade alignment needs adjustment, worn blade, bevel positive stops need adjustments, bevel pointer needs adjustment
Main causes: dirty saw blade, dull or damaged saw blade, blade alignment needs adjustment
Main causes: saw dust build up, blade elevating and tilting mechanisms need lubrication
Main causes: lack of power, broken on/off switch, bad motor overload, broken power cord, bad drive motor
Main causes: worn motor brushes, bad drive motor, faulty overload switch, using an improper extension cord, binding saw blade
Main causes: worn motor brushes, faulty drive motor, using an improper extension cord
Repair guides for table saws

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your table saw.

April 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a table saw drive motor

You can replace a table saw drive motor that is weak or won't run. Here’s how.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
April 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a table saw motor brush set

Worn motor brushes can make the table saw motor run weak. Here’s how to replace them.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
April 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a table saw blade

If the table saw blade is dull or damaged, use these simple steps to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
Articles and videos for table saws

Use the advice and tips in these articles to get the most out of your table saw.

April 1, 2015
Table saw common questions
By Sears PartsDirect staff

The answers to these common questions can help you make the most of your table saw.

March 23, 2015
How to make basic cuts with a table saw
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to make basic cuts using a table saw.

March 10, 2015
How to use a table saw safely
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn some of the basic rules for safely operating a table saw.