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Offline mrFinpgh

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ts55 not gliding smoothly
« on: October 05, 2018, 08:23 PM »
I was ripping some plywood today and had to join up my two 55" rails to do so.   What I noticed is that the saw is running smoothly along one rail but seems to struggle on the other rail.

I'm a DIY/amateur user, so it isn't like I'm using them every day.  That said, I've built at least 20 cabinets and 10 bookcases with it, so they do get used.   Just wondering what is causing them to stick so much on the one rail but not the other.  If it was both, I'd assume something with the cams.

Thanks,
Adam



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Offline Svar

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Re: ts55 not gliding smoothly
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2018, 08:35 PM »
Is this the first time you are using joined rails? Guide ribs on the rails could have slightly different width.

Offline mrFinpgh

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Re: ts55 not gliding smoothly
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2018, 08:57 PM »
No, not the first time - I've done a lot of joined rail ripping since I bought the saw (about 3 years ago) but I don't remember noticing this before.

I'll check out the guide ribs to see if that is the issue.  I'm more aware of trying to avoid forcing cuts now, so maybe I'm just noticing something that was there all along.

Thanks,
Adam





Offline Matty04

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Re: ts55 not gliding smoothly
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2018, 12:09 AM »
Sometimes when I am cutting thin plywood the material will bow a little and flex the joint where the two rails are attached and cause the saw to require more force to move past where the rails are joined, but sometimes I cut a full sheet on two saw horses too.  If you move the joined rails using one rail the joint can twist a bit.  I have to remind myself to not do that and that the rails are made from aluminum, but I’m usually in hurry.

Mike

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: ts55 not gliding smoothly
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2018, 10:58 AM »
Put the rail that “sticks” first in sequence. Set gibs to that rail. When joining the rails make sure to align splinter guard side of ribs since that is the side that truly guides the saw.

Offline mrFinpgh

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Re: ts55 not gliding smoothly
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2018, 10:27 PM »
If I do that, how would I keep the rails aligned while tightening up the connector on the bottom of the track?

Also, wouldn't this potentially lead the gibs to be too loose on the rail they currently operate freely on?  It seems like that could potentially be trading one issue (saw not running freely on the rail) for another (saw running too loosely on the track).

My caliper was out of battery, so I couldn't measure the width of the rib today.  However, I did notice that my brand new 800mm rail also feels 'tight' like the 1400mm holy rail.   

So two rails that feel tight and one that feels loose.  I think the rail is almost 3 years old at this point, so definitely outside the realm of exchanging it for a 'match'.   Still amazed that I didn't pick up on this a long time ago - I think I just chalked it up to the saw struggling in the cut.    [blink]