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Helpful tips for replacing your shims on your BT3000

Here is a video I put together to help with replacing the shims.

The best advice I can give is to take the riving knife off, take the rails off altogether, turn over the assembly onto a towel or cardboard box, flip the saw over on it’s top onto some cardboard, remove the side panels, remove the back panel, dust cover, and then you should have enough access to the screws and guide holder. I would stay away from using power tools for the rest of the assembly. The screw heads seem to be softer than I would expect so be careful not to strip them.

For good measure pick up a couple spare: don’t ask me why I know!

8-32 X ¾” Pan head Machine screw.

10-24 x 1” Pan head Machine screw.

To avoid much frustration when it comes time to get the shims to stay put as you are assembling it I suggest using painter’s tape on the top tabs of each flat shim and both top and bottom for the angled shims. The material I have made the shims out of is, in my opinion, more resilient so you should not see the problem happen again where the shim will eventually drop out.

See the video for placing the shims frustration free. Tighten down the screws slowly, be patient. Once the bearing is seated all the way in the bracket you can then place the smaller screws into the black bearing holder plate with little frustration.

I highly suggest that you use some form of dust collection to keep the build up from wedging the shims. MDF is particularly a problem because of the quantity of fine dust that is generated.

Also, whenever I change the blade or take it out for cleaning I take the time to inspect the area to ensure that everything is working fine and that no build up is threatening the shims.

I think that the original shims are particularly damaged at the end of travel of the lift mechanism. Be careful when approaching these limits.

It would be great if you find something that helped you greatly I would love to hear about it.

If you got here directly and don’t know where to get the shims: I sell the shims on the right here on my website, both a full set and just the angled ones.

This procedure will also work for the Crafstman 315.228110

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BT3000 Shim

This is outdated. Take a look at  stainless steel shims.

First off I would like to thank the author of http://bt3000.com/ along with the wonderful descriptions of alignment of this great table saw. I especially like the “permanent” solution he has for his shims. He simply glues them into place! It is genius and have done it myself and am very impressed with the ease with which the saw raises and lowers the blade.

I did have to resort to buying a saw for parts to replace my shims since they were mangled beyond the ability to be glued in place. Nowhere was I able to find these: http://www.ereplacementparts.com/shim-p-149355.html

I am going to attempt to bend my own so I can rescue the saw I bought for parts. Stay tuned, I might be able to sell you my fabricated version.

http://bt3000.com/Shim/ is the link for the fix

 

I have since succeeded in cutting, bending my own shims: http://www.hallcastle.com/2017/04/12/bt3000-shimms-made-from-0-008-steel-shim-stock/