One of the biggest complaints I've seen regarding this model (both cast iron and granite) is that the miter slots are binding on the miter gauge. And people have a really hard time adjusting the fit. In order for what I'm about to tell you to actually work, YOU HAVE TO LEVEL THE WINGS FIRST!!! (see the previous post)
Typically the miter slot is too tight. It's adjustable. That's one of the cool things about the way this table and wings go together. HOW to adjust it seems a matter of some speculation because the instructions are just horrible. Here's what I di and it worked VERY well and didn't take long at all.
First thing that needs to be done is LEVEL THE WINGS. See a trend here? Leveling the wings is the foundation on which everything else is built.
When checking to see if your miter gauge fits, don't FORCE it. You'll almost surely flake the granite top near the miter slot. (ask me how I know)
Since you've already adjusted the bushings for the wings and you know they're level, you can actually loosen the 4 bolts for each wing to adjust the miter slot width. This assumes you tried to put your miter gauge in and found the slot either too sloppy or too tight.
Too tight is most common, apparently, so I cover that first as that's the problem I had on the right wing. Loosen up all 4 bolts holding the wing. Loose like you can turn them with your fingers. Now standing at the side of the saw, put your foot against the bottom rail so the saw doesn't slide and with a hand on the front and one on the bacl of the wing, give that sucker a good hard tug straight toward you. No up and down... pull it straight horizontal.
Did it budge? You may see a small gap between the table and wing if you look at the front edge and back edge where they come together. If you got a little gap, then go ahead and snug up those wing bolts again and check your miter gauge for fit.
If it's a sloppy fit, skip the next step. If it's still too tight, then do this:
Under the wing, find the nut for each locating pin. Loosen it. Good and loose. Now give that wing a good hard tug again. That's all it took on mine to get a little bit of a gap. Apparently there's just a little "play" in those locating pins and it's enough to open that miter slot just a bit.
Now snug up those wing mounting bolts again. Make sure that little gap isn't closing when you do it. Check your miter gauge again. Should be a sloppy fit. Now you want to tighten it up slowly until it's a good fit. With the inboard wing bolts just broke free, not tight, but not too loose, you can hit the outer edge of the wing with a soft deadblow mallet. No glancing blows off the corners now. Pay attention. Nice straight, direct hits. Doesn't take much. You don't have to hit it too hard. If you go too far and tighten it up too much, just loosen those wing bolts and pull it away again and start over. We aren't talking about a big gap here.
You want the miter gauge to slide from front to back with equal tension, equal free play side to side. If it's a little loose, you can use the set screws in the miter gauge itself to snug it up but it needs to be even from front to back.
I know this sounds like a lot but believe me it took much longer to write this than to actually do it. 10 or 15 minutes at the very most to get the miter slots adjusted for width.
Last edited by reikimaster; 02-21-2012 at 11:07 AM.