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    Was changing out a bent table stabiliser rod today (God knows how they end up getting that bent by the way?) and was wondering if there was any specific way of doing this?
    Manual states clearly that the rods must be turned the same number of turns each when balancing the table from front to back.
    When I replaced the rod, all I did was to measure the length of the opposite one, from mid nut to mid nut, and adjust the new rod to this length.
    Is there a set measument or procedure that you guys use?
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    Re: Stabiliser rods

    Nope. Really all they do is insure that your table stays level. I always check for level when the table is in a spoting position. Just adjust to make sure you can still spot pins. The way you did it is also ok. it is what ever is comfortable to you.
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    • #3
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      Sorry I meant to say that they keep the table level from front to rear.
      They say that the **** rolls down hill but the smell always starts at the top.

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      • #4
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        The problem with measuring the other rod, is that both rods might not be equal length to begin with. This is because the table might have been cocked one way in order to get the flags properly positioned.

        When only replacing one rod (as long as there is no spotting problems), I will measure the rod removed and set the replacement the same. When reinstalling, it might need fine tuned to get the pins on spot to where they were to begin with.

        If you find the pins to be on spot but the table level is off, then you have to start from scratch and set the table on the deck (clevis removed) and get both rods so that they will slide off the rear bolts. Then both rods will need to be turned together equal turns to establish level.

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        • #5
          Re: Stabiliser rods

          The rods control the tilt of the table, front to rear. When properly adjusted, the table should be level ON BOTH SIDES. If it isn't, adjust the rods so that it is. Once the table is level, equal adjustments on both sides should be effective.

          As to how they get bent, I believe it is from the table coming down on an obstruction causing the table to rock forward. Just a guess, as I have never seen it happen.

          RR

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          • #6
            Re: Stabiliser rods

            I should have also mentioned (just incase you or someone else were unaware)….when I refer to level I mean parallel to the pindeck at all three points 1,7,10.

            I have seen to many guys try to reach these three points with the rod adjustment only. Many times this cannot (and should not) be done with the rods themselves and shims would be needed under the table support weldment on the high side.

            As mentioned …the rods are only used for front to rear “level” and this is why they should be adjusted together after they have a starting point of being equal but not necessarily the same length.

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            • #7
              Re: Stabiliser rods

              The easiest way i find is to re balance the table .
              Leave the spot and respot rods connected and then rotate the table rods until the rear of the table is on the pindeck and both rods are totally weightless.Then turn both rods together the same amount. This way you level the table front to back. This way you can be sure that the rods are pulling evenly on each side and not twisting the table supports.
              I have seen , as triac says , people tweeking this way and that way and all that happens is the table is being pulled out of position on spotting and return to zero from spotting.
              Good luck.
              maister

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              • #8
                Re: Stabiliser rods

                Measuring the rod was a starting point. I eventually did as was written above. I had both rods at there lossest, ie with no tension on them and then rotated them till the table was level. With a slight tilt to the front, as no pins were in it at the time of leveling!
                Thanks for all the responses.
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                • #9
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                  when adjusting the stabilizer rods I just get 2 2x4s the width of the deck and stand em on their sides I put 1 at the front of the table at the head pin spot and the other at the 7-10 line as long as ya have the table resting on those boards at the front and back of the table your pretty level.....this works good with the deck on the bruns machines as well
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                  • #10
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                    Doesn't anyone use the cup/bin guage like it was designed for?
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                    • #11
                      Re: Stabiliser rods

                      Ted,
                      I guess only the new guys who were taught by John Isbell.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Stabiliser rods

                        I still use the gauges Ted.

                        How many of you old-timers that lived on 30's still use the front roller shield to level the table?
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                        • #13
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                          The gauge is the one of the handiest tools in my tool box!
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                          • #14
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                            Not only do you get the table level, you get it the right height!
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                            • #15
                              Re: Stabiliser rods

                              I use the gauge at the 1,7,10. That’s how I know the table is not only parallel to the deck at all three points, but also the correct height.

                              Triac

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