Replacing fence on R4511 Table saw

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Blog entry by Cato posted 09-15-2010 03:25 AM 3465 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finishing my most recent project I have some parts to install on a couple of shop tools.

First one is on my Ridgid 4511 table saw.

I bought a Delta T2-30 fence that is a standard one piece rail and tube set up vs. the split tube and rear rail that was OEM for my saw. I have had this fence for several weeks but was using the saw to finish a work table so it had to wait.

This evening after work I unbolted the old fence and rear rail, and was prepared to start measuring and marking and clamping rails to line up for drilling new holes.

Surprise was that two holes on each rail lined up, and snugged up nice and tight. So I mounted the tube on the front rail, and used an adjustable square to make sure I was equidistant from the table top across the length of the tube.

Things were looking pretty good so I put the fence on and adjusted it to the miter slot and blade. Nice so far, and there are only two issues at this point and that is that the fence faces are riding high, so I will have to lower them to the table and the tape is off zero by 15/16.

So I have marked the zero point when the fence it flat against the blade, and I will either re-position the tape or get a new one and mount it.

Total time so far on install is one hour. I think the two rear rail bolts are plenty because it is just for the rear of the fence to ride on. The two front bolts I think I may leave for awhile and if I notice anything I can take off the rail and drill the other two holes.

As fast as this has gone, well I am pleased so far.

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#1 posted 09-15-2010 03:28 AM

I love mine! It made a pretty good saw out of a Sears Contractor’s Saw.

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#2 posted 09-15-2010 03:30 AM

That’s real nice Cato. I just saw a fellow over at the Ridgid forums who installed a Biesemeyer fence on his TS 3650. Both yours and his upgrades look to be well worth the effort.

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#3 posted 09-15-2010 04:03 AM

I saw one of these on clearance at Meanards ($125 I think) and was wondering how it would match up to the 4511….Now I know.

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#4 posted 09-15-2010 04:16 AM

I should point out that as I have it mounted that if you were using a cross cut sled the tube might interfere as it is a hair high over the miter slots.

That is why so many will re drill the holes and mount a tad lower.

I use my TS dedicated for ripping and very very seldom have ever used my miter gauge. I leave ripping blades on the saw and use a SCMS for cross cuts.

For grins I did check it and if I were ever to use the miter gauge it would work okay, but I would have to drop it in just ahead of the edge of the tube or draw it in from the rear.

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#5 posted 09-15-2010 06:38 AM

That T2 is a heck of a bang for the buck. You now have a pretty impressive setup there, but I think an Orange CMT blade would be a better color match! ;-)

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#6 posted 09-15-2010 01:05 PM

Thanks Scott- I find this to be a very robust fence set up, very solid feeling and easy to adjust. Never tried a CMT blade before, Freud’s have been working well for me.

One other small mod that I will have to perform is to sand or grind down the bottom of the left nylon glide screw on the T bar of the fence.

Looks like I will have to take about 3/16 off so that the screw will run nearly flush with the top of the T bar on the left side.

Otherwise it could protrude just above table height and run into any wood being cut. Once sanded down it will be completely out of the way but still have plenty of adjustment for vertically aligning the fence to the table and of course acting as a glide pad.

I will order a couple extra of these just to have on hand, but I expect it takes a long time for them to wear down.

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#7 posted 12-21-2011 07:04 AM

Great upgrade

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