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Blade to Carriage Alignment

To make a long story short I have recently received my great grandfather�s lapidary equipment, along with about eight �milk creates� full of rocks. I am in the process of getting everything set up and functioning and have some questions about one of the saws. It is a Covington 12� slab saw with gravity feed carriage. I have cleaned out the varnished kerosene and rock dust sludge from the saw, replaced with mineral oil. Replaced the power cord, don�t ask, surprised someone had not been electrocuted (NOT me) when I inspected the original cord I did not like what I found so I had not plugged it in.

When I started checking the blade to carriage alignment I discovered the blade and carriage are not parallel probably about an eight of an inch, from the front to back of the blade, the front of the blade is farther away from the carriage than the back. I have checked the blade for �trueness� and it spins nice and straight. The arbor spins freely and is nice and tight with no play side to side or in and out. I can see no adjustment for aligning the carriage so have wondered about �shimming� between the arbor and the frame where it attaches. Does anyone have any better ideas?

I also received a Star Diamond TS-10-PF 10� Trim/Slab have not gotten to setting this one up yet, a 6� Beacon Star �Master Grinder�, a Craftsman Flat lap, and another device that resembles a vibe lap but is instead set up to rotate, I think that this one was built by my great grandfather not certain how to maintain this one as it appears to have some kind of �transmission� on it.

Thank you,

From Steven Haldeman - October 09, 2007 at 23:08:14

Message: 65133

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