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Offline cornfieldcraig

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Re: Ts55 REQ angle gauge
« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2015, 08:27 PM »
My only real expectation is that I get truly precise cuts at 90 and 45 degrees and that the built-in stop should reliably set the saw at those settings easily and consistently.  It comes close, but it at least LOOKS to me like it's missing the mark and I fail to see how moving the guide one way or another fixes this issue for me. 

Here are photos taken of the scale with the saw laying flat on its base on my MFT/3 and both the front and rear clamping screws loosened completely.  At zero degrees, I wasn't touching the saw at all.  At 45, my left hand held the base to the MFT/3 tabletop.  In neither case was I touching any other part of the saw.  Both seem to stop beyond the point that's expected.  If one was a bit past and the other a bit shy, then yes, moving the guide might well cure the issue.  With both beyond where they should stop, it looks to me like my guide has almost 46 degrees of travel. 

I also tried laying the saw on its side on the blade guard, which allows the sole plate to pivot totally without weight to distort the setting.  The 45 degree setting was very close to 45, but still a bit past.  The zero setting was unchanged from the photos.

What I haven't done is to get a 2x and cut it at both 90 and 45 degrees and actually measured the resulting cut.  Maybe they're fine.  But even if they are, it's bothersome that the bevel gauge apparently isn't very precise.

Is this what the rest of you see on your saws?

Zero:



45:

« Last Edit: January 24, 2015, 09:26 AM by cornfieldcraig »

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Offline grbmds

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Re: Ts55 REQ angle gauge
« Reply #31 on: January 24, 2015, 12:49 PM »
The only true test of whether it is cutting exactly 90 and 45 degrees is to make the test cuts. The markings themselves are not necessarily right on. If the results show that your saw is actually doing what you believe is, then I'd say get service to authorize a return and have them check it (assuming it is under warranty). If the saw is less than 30 days old I'd just return it period. Buy another one from a different store.
Randy

Offline DzordanoBruno

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Re: Ts55 REQ angle gauge
« Reply #32 on: January 24, 2015, 12:54 PM »
My salesman have 4 of these saws,  and all have samé issue.

Offline ear3

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Re: Ts55 REQ angle gauge
« Reply #33 on: January 25, 2015, 11:53 AM »
Yeah, this is the same on my saw -- a function of there being no positive stop on the front end, so that there is a slight drift given that the saw's full range is -1 and 47.

Of course you can make the cut and test it to find the true 90 or 45, but the issue is that every time you change the bevel angle you have to do the recalibration, unless you employ one of the fixes described on the forum, such as using a grub/set screw in the front as a stop, or shimming the bottom.


My only real expectation is that I get truly precise cuts at 90 and 45 degrees and that the built-in stop should reliably set the saw at those settings easily and consistently.  It comes close, but it at least LOOKS to me like it's missing the mark and I fail to see how moving the guide one way or another fixes this issue for me. 

Here are photos taken of the scale with the saw laying flat on its base on my MFT/3 and both the front and rear clamping screws loosened completely.  At zero degrees, I wasn't touching the saw at all.  At 45, my left hand held the base to the MFT/3 tabletop.  In neither case was I touching any other part of the saw.  Both seem to stop beyond the point that's expected.  If one was a bit past and the other a bit shy, then yes, moving the guide might well cure the issue.  With both beyond where they should stop, it looks to me like my guide has almost 46 degrees of travel. 

I also tried laying the saw on its side on the blade guard, which allows the sole plate to pivot totally without weight to distort the setting.  The 45 degree setting was very close to 45, but still a bit past.  The zero setting was unchanged from the photos.

What I haven't done is to get a 2x and cut it at both 90 and 45 degrees and actually measured the resulting cut.  Maybe they're fine.  But even if they are, it's bothersome that the bevel gauge apparently isn't very precise.

Is this what the rest of you see on your saws?

Zero:



45:


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Offline cornfieldcraig

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Re: Ts55 REQ angle gauge
« Reply #34 on: January 26, 2015, 04:15 PM »
While it's disappointing that my saw isn't quite up to my expectations, thanks to everyone that chimed in to verify that my saw is functioning as designed.  Now I won't bother sending it in for an adjustment.