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06-22-2015 04:04 PM

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I bought a Craftsman BAS350 bandsaw several months ago and I like using it. However, it did not come with a fence. I received as a Father’s Day gift yesterday a Kreg fence for the bandsaw. I looked through the instructions for the fence and found a concern. The holes (for a fence, I guess) on the bandsaw’s table are on the “back” – that is, on the opposite side where the operator would stand. No holes exist where the fence instructions indicate.

Now, I could drill holes in the table and visit HF to buy what I would need to create threads for the bolts that came with the fence. I have zero experience in doing so but willing to learn if necessary.

OR, could I just put the fence on the other side, where the holes already exist? What would be the downside(s) of that?

My personal take is the downside would be taking a couple of steps when any adjustment is needed for the fence. One upside would be that I could change the blade without removing the fence rail (it would run across the blade-changing slot on the “front” of the saw’s table) if I put it on the back.

I freely admit I could be missing something else here – what do you think?

-- JP, Columbia, Mo.

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 04:09 PM

I had the same problem with my Craftsman and the Kreg fence.

I observed that if I was willing to keep the fence on only one side of the blade I did not need a fence that spanned the entire width of my table. Therefore I mounted the fence so that it’s end started at the blade removal slot. This solved one problem.

I ended up drilling holes and using bolts for my fence.

If you tap metal use plenty of lubricant (wd-40 works) and back the tap out a half turn for every quarter turn in. Sometimes the tap will seize up and break.

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 07:29 PM

Return the Kreg fence and buy the Rikon 13-900 fence or the Craftsman one. They are made to fit that bandsaw, no drilling needed to mount. The fence comes with front and back rails, though not pictured.

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 07:43 PM

What he said

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#4 posted 06-22-2015 09:13 PM

Thanks all for your help! After considering all this, I will likely return the Kreg and get the Sears or Rikon model.

-- JP, Columbia, Mo.

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#5 posted 06-22-2015 09:35 PM

I have the Kreg on a Delta saw and it works very well. However, if I were in your shoes I would go for the Rikon fence. The reviews are very positive. Drilling and tapping into the cast iron table is possible, but the accuracy of that operation will be reflected in the accuracy of your fence forever. Most of us do not have the tools required to drill those holes absolutely parallel and accurately placed from the surface of the table.

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#6 posted 06-23-2015 01:31 AM

Thanks, Kazooman. I really like the heft of the Kreg fence and it seems very well designed. BUT, it’s going to go back for one that fits without modification to the table or the fence. I was a little concerned about making a huge goof drilling and such. I have very little experience dealing with metals. However, if you were in my shoes, you might find them full of sawdust. :-)

-- JP, Columbia, Mo.

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