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Forum topic by GTIndEngr posted 07-27-2015 05:19 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GTIndEngr

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07-27-2015 05:19 PM

I got a deal on a powermatic pm1000 saw with the 52” rip. Someone bought it on Amazon then refused delivery, so it was unopened in the original packaging but being sold “used” as a returned item for $1200. Turns out, there was one problem: one of the boxes was missing. It didn’t have box 2 for the accu-fence, which contains the rails and guide tube. (Which actually ended up getting me a $200, so $1,000 for the saw with no rails)

Here’s the problem: Should I really pay $226 for what seems to be simply 2 pieces of angle iron and a rectangular tube. I can buy those and drill my own holes for about $50 plus $7 more for a stick-on ruler on top of the tube. Can you help me out with a couple of things…

1) Am I missing something? Does the rail and tube system have some feature that I am overlooking and I am a fool to try to make my own?

2) In case I go home-made, I could really use one simple measurement, how thick is the angle iron of the rear and front rails, 1/8”? 3/16”?? The manual shows that the the rear rail is 1.5”x1.5” and the front is 2”x2”, but it doesn’t tell how thick it is. Seems like matching the thickness should ensure that the fence fits.

Thanks!!!


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SirIrb

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#1 posted 07-27-2015 06:19 PM

If the rectangular tube is made like B-meyer then the only problem is the tapped holes/welded in nuts on bottom which attach it to the angle iron. This is very possible to work around. And if you are going to do it do it once and right: 96” to the right of the blade. Used to work a custom PM66 with this setup. Wonderful.

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#2 posted 07-28-2015 05:05 AM

Hi go to very super cool tools site he has a video on making your own rails.

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wonderand

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#3 posted 07-28-2015 05:49 AM

Here’s the video I think rjcooke is referring to. It’s a bit labor intensive but certainly cheaper than buying the ready made rails. I think he suggests using 1/8” steel.


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#4 posted 07-28-2015 06:03 AM

Yes that’s the one he has a great fence to go with it.

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#5 posted 07-28-2015 07:30 AM

Yes, absolutely you can make your own.

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GTIndEngr

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#6 posted 07-28-2015 02:26 PM

Awesome video and pdf plans. THANKS for the link!!! I’ll post some pics when I’ve made it.

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#7 posted 07-28-2015 02:33 PM

If the rectangular tube is made like B-meyer then the only problem is the tapped holes/welded in nuts on bottom which attach it to the angle iron.

My guide tube just has threaded holes… no nuts welded on it anywhere. And it’s the beefier commercial version (BC50).

Cheers,
Brad

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