|Forum topic by jeffporter||posted 06-22-2015 04:04 PM||543 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-22-2015 04:04 PM
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.