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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 06:47 PM

We just a week ago installed a Jessem slider on the Powermatic 66. I was intimidated by the size of the installation instructions but that went away when I realized it was long because it was thorough, not because the process was complex.

We needed it because Joe does a lot of crosscuts that demand high and repeatable precision and, because of the quantity, should be done as safely as possible. He loves the thing.

The tool is of very impressive quality and design. I think it will stay there because it doesn’t interfere with any other uses of the saw.

To install it required sawing off the portion of the (Biesmeyer) rail that covers the outboard cast iron extension. The extension is removed; the slider replaces it.

Everything else is restorable (and we never put the fence over there anyway, so the cutting didn’t bother me). Installation took less than an hour.

I just shoved the outfeed table 9 inches east and everything is wonderful.

The Jessem is robust and smooth and very thoughtfully designed. It is clear that a lot of time went into design and refinement.

Joe uses it more than I: He makes boxes for the wine industry (by the hundreds). I make instruments and furniture so most of my TS time is ripping.

Before I read this post I asked him how he liked the slider and he said it was much less effort to operate than the (large) one he used to use. It moves nearly effortlessly.



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