To be properly adjusted, the bearings must be set to one-thousandth of an inch wider that the thickness of the blade you are using.
The most accurate way to determine this is by using a feeler gauge set to the thickness of the blade plus one-thousandth of an inch.
If you are not able to use a feeler gauge, you can look down the blade with enough light to determine if there is any space between the bearings and the blade itself.
A third way to check if the guides are adjusted properly is to grasp the blade between the guide and the housing and twist it. If the gap is adjusted correctly, there will be no movement on the cutting portion of the blade. Repeat the procedure between the other guide and the housing on that side.
The pressure bearing rides on the top edge of the blade and holds the blade down on the work during the cutting. Over time this bearing will wear and will need to be replaced.
In order to check that the bearings are wearing evenly, take a straight edge and hold it against the side of the bearing. It should sit flush against the side. If there is a gap at the top or the bottom, the bearing needs to be replaced.
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