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Brice

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02-03-2010 04:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: powermatic table saw

So, I’ve been looking to upgrade my table saw for quite some time. I’ve had my eye on a Powermatic 66 or 2000 with router lift for a couple of years now, and tomorrow I’m going to pick up a nearly-new used one. Question: The saw I’m getting has the 50” Accu-Fence. I’m a bit tight on space and I really want the 30” version. Is it possible / difficult / expensive to change from the 50” to a 30”? I’ve done a quick bit of searching and haven’t found an answer yet.

Many Thanks,

-Brice


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#1 posted 02-03-2010 04:17 AM

i would think so it’s just the holes in the fence that has to line up or rails in your case.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 04:27 AM

you could probably just have a shop cut the 50”ers down to whatever length you want. even though heavy duty square tubing, a bit of patience and a hack saw would work. you are talking about the rails, right?

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 04:36 AM

contact powermatic and get a quote on the 30” rails… then you could either try and sell the 50” rails, or store them in case you ever have the space and opt to have full rip capacity. it’s just the rails that needs to be changed.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 05:14 AM

Any of the 2”x3” rails for a Commercial Biese, General T-Fence, Shop Fox Classic, HTC, Jet Exacta II, or Steel City Deluxe fence should fit. Maybe you can find a deal or a swap with someone.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 05:42 AM

I am in favour of Davidroberts’s suggestion. If nothing wrong with the “Fence”, just cut the rail and you save a lot of bucks for other things.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Brice

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 06:10 AM

Thanks guys. I’ll wait until the 66 has landed in the shop and consider all of your options. I’ll post back with my solution with photos.

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 06:52 AM

Go with a bieisemeyer

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 07:19 AM

Last summer, I got a Jet with the 51” fence. Since I just couldn’t work with that length in my garage shop, I took the fence rails to a buddy’s machine shop and cut them down to ~32”. Took longer to drive there and back than to do the cutting.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#9 posted 02-04-2010 06:03 AM

Sawzall ‘em. Then it can be whatever length you want and save the cash for more tools.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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