|Review by richgreer||posted 01-07-2012 10:56 PM||2551 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
At one time, I had a Wixey digital guide on my table saw. It could tell me, to .001 of an inch, what the distance was from the blade to the fence. I discovered that knowing the exact distance was not as important as having the ability to adjust the distance easily in very small increments (i.e. micro adjust). I have micro adjustment capabilities on my router lift and router fence and I really like them.
This tool allows me to micro adjust my table saw fence. It’s a good idea. Each rotation of the handle advances the fence 1/32”, but with a very small twist of the handle you can move the fence a very small amount. It works great.
However, if you look at the picture you will see a wooden block attached to the fence. I made and installed that block because it was necessary. The base of the tool makes contact with the base of the fence without the adjustment screw being able to make contact with the fence. I looked for other ways to position the tool or modify the base of the tool and found no ideas that would work. Adding this wooden block allows this tool to work.
My table saw is not some unusual off-brand. It is a popular Jet and many are sold. In my opinion, I should not have to make this modification for this tool to work or, at the very least, modification kits should be available. A longer adjustment screw would have made my modification unnecessary.
Nonetheless, I really like being able to sneak up on the right fence position and it does that very well.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.