Did not want to hijack Jims injury thread but it has made me think about a point that has bugged me for years.
My table saw is a zip code craftsman saw. Great saw nice little cabinet and is as close as one can get to a big table saw in way its built.
But its got real crappy handles to wind the blade up or down and tilt from side to side.
I have often thought of upgrading the handles to nice hefty steel ones with a larger diameter.
Has anyone done this on their saw if so which saw do you have, what handles did you use, and most important of all did it make a difference in the ease with which it moved the existing mechanism.
Also something i have not done till this day is apply anything to the gear mechanism internally. Always have been of the opinion that any kind of "lubrication" would only attract saw dust and become a paste making things worse than they are. So is there anything at all that can be done other than trying to keep it clean. I guess in my case without dust extraction its stiffness is worse than most with dust collection.
I did notice this was one area Delta made a change on with the new Unisaw was the handles both being in the front. Never actually seen one of these saws in the "flesh" so i have no idea how smooth the resulting mechanism is.
Can you guys with Sawstop provide some feedback on what their raise lower mechanism is like. I would be interested to hear how smooth it moves.