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Forum topic by AZWoody posted 02-24-2016 02:33 AM 1048 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2016 02:33 AM

I have a format table saw but in using it, I wondered a couple things.

What is the advantage of having the miter bar at the front versus behind the stock being cut.
The problem I have is the sliding table moves so effortlessly, I have to make sure it’s clamped, or make sure I’m really holding it with a lot of pressure or the friction from the blade can cause the stock to move a bit.

If the miter bar is at the rear, then the small pressure from the blade will keep the stock against the bar and to me would be a simpler and faster way to do a lot of multiple cuts.

Also, has anyone ever put the rip fence on the sliding table part? It seems to me that would make it really simple to have the rip fence on the left of the blade so the stock is lined up on the sliding saw and the off-cut would be on the right of the blade.

Maybe I’m thinking worst case scenario but using the rip fence on the right of the blade, then using the sliding table with the stock up against it can cause some problems if there is even a minor misalignment.

I’m sure there’s some experienced users here and could help explain why things are the way they are.


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#1 posted 02-24-2016 03:17 AM

Okay, I googled “format table saw” and I feel dumber than I was before…
I’ll just follow this thread so’s I can learn something.

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#2 posted 02-24-2016 03:25 AM

“format table saw” – ain’t gonna be from me !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#3 posted 02-24-2016 07:16 PM


Okay, I googled “format table saw” and I feel dumber than I was before…
I ll just follow this thread so s I can learn something.

- xmastree


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#4 posted 02-24-2016 07:22 PM

Maybe I’m thinking worst case scenario but using the rip fence on the right of the blade, then using the sliding table with the stock up against it can cause some problems if there is even a minor misalignment.

Trapping a piece of wood between the rip fence and the blade when cross cutting can cause kickback. Don’t do it.

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#5 posted 02-24-2016 09:34 PM

The key is having a but bar.

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#6 posted 02-24-2016 10:09 PM

Dang. That looks like quite a piece of equipment.

...now I want one….

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#7 posted 02-25-2016 03:41 AM



The key is having a but bar.

- AlaskaGuy

Yes, I understand that but why is there a need for the main bar in the front? If the large miter bar was in the back of the stock, there wouldn’t be as much of a need to have anything to hold it down, like a butt bar to the bar in the front.

I’m just wondering what the benefit of having the bar in the front is. I am not near any woodshops or where there are any other saws like this, so I’m just having to watch youtube to see how people use them and so when I see something that seems odd, I have no way of asking.

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#8 posted 02-25-2016 11:10 AM

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#9 posted 02-26-2016 04:19 PM

Wow ! Interesting saw.

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#10 posted 02-26-2016 07:22 PM

Now that the picture are working I’ll try to explain why I put my ‘cross cut fence” forward.

I do a lot of sheet goods and straight lining lumber. If I put my cross cut fence it the other position you can see by the picture I’ll have to remove my air clamp and I’d loose usable table length. And I’d constantly be having to walk around the end of the fence to get to my wood.

Unfortunately the software here at LJ’s cuts off part of the picture but, the fence sticks out quite a bit and you don’t want to be walking around that all the time.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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