Can't get my rip fence aligned

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Forum topic by RickB posted 03-30-2010 07:44 PM 951 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2010 07:44 PM

I bought a used Ridgid table saw (TS 2400) some time ago. I noticed a lot of saw marks on the cut edge and other problems, so I started to align everything with a dial gauge. The blade aligned with the miter slot without much of a problem, but I cannot get the fence to align.

Here is what I mean. I’ve done a lot of different variations, but here is the idea: I loosen the requisite nuts and ease the fence into position. I check it at the front of the table and back. All looks good and I tighten the alignment nuts. I lock the fence in place and check again. Still good. Move the fence to a new location and run a test piece. See saw marks. Get out the gauge and check the fence again, and I find that the outfeed side is about 1/10” closer than the infeed side. I try the fence in a few locations and measure… all around 5/100” -1/10” off.

Note that it isn’t that I am twisting things out of true while tightening the nuts, as I remeasure while (and after) tightening. Putting the fence in a new location seems to knock things out of whack.

I have an email pending to Ridgid to see what they have to say. When I get some free time, I’m going to put the fence about 7/100” wide at the outfeed side and then move the fence around and run a test piece to see what happens.

Any suggestions?



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#1 posted 03-31-2010 02:25 AM

Maybe time to replace the entire fence?

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 03:33 AM

What kind of blade are you using ? Rip tooth, Combination, or Fine tooth panel ?
Are your blades sharp?
Is the SET on the all teeth correct ?
When you cut a 3ft piece of stock , is it same width at start as at end ?
If anything the fence should be wider at back of table than the front.

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