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Forum topic by fiddlebanshee posted 08-10-2015 05:25 PM 720 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2015 05:25 PM

Now that my woodworking is getting to a new skill level, I am noticing things that before were lost in the shuffle. Dead on accuracy is one of those issues. And this is where my Makita sliding miter saw is giving me a headache. I did some research online and it seems that the fence on these models is not adjustable enough to give it dead on right angle cross cuts (I’m not even going to look at miters and bevels at this point).

For the life of me I cannot get the fence to stay put perfectly square to the blade. So I’m not the only one, I gether from what I read online. Short of ditching the saw and buying a Kapex, has anyone tried to do away with the factory fence alltogether and build a wooden fence as part of a miter station?

Any ideas would be welcome, as I’m really not in the market for a new saw.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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#1 posted 09-06-2015 03:14 PM

Pretty sure I have the same saw. I removed the outer fences and mounted the saw in a long miter station with a wooden fence on each end. For long pieces I have no problem, but if I tighten the short fence to the left of the blade it’s not square. So I have to leave it loose. IMO a slider is inherently not a precision tool and I generally treat it as such. Still, I get an awful lot of use out of that saw.

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