Table Saw: Can't adjust the blade height

If the table saw blade won't raise and lower easily, blow out sawdust and dirt from the elevating and tilting mechanisms. Lubricate the elevating and tilting mechanisms using graphite or silicone lubricants because they won't attract sawdust. Don't use grease; grease will only attract more sawdust and dirt.

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These repairs may help solve your table saw problem

Perform table saw general maintenance

Perform table saw general maintenance

Clean out all sawdust inside the saw cabinet and around the motor. Polish the saw table using an automotive wax. The automotive wax helps keep the table clean and work pieces slide easily over the waxed surface. Clean plastic parts with soapy water. Unplug the table saw, clean the cutting blade with pitch and gum remover.

Symptoms for table saws

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

If the table saw isn’t cutting parallel to the miter gauge groove, adjust the cutting blade following the instructions in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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

Articles and videos for table saws

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

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How to make basic cuts with a table saw

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to make basic cuts using a table saw.

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How to use a table saw safely

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

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How to maintain a table saw

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Learn how to keep your table saw in good working order