Is there anywhere I can get a replacement measurement scale with DECIMAL inches for table saw fence?

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10-04-2016 02:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw fence decimal inches measuring tape


I recently got an old Rockwell Model 10 Contractor’s saw with a nice 40” extension table and a magnificent (at least compared to previous experience) fence – a “Paralok 2” aircraft-wire stabilized unit, no longer in production. I’ve since put a PALS kit onto the saw, added wheels, dust catcher, splitter/protector, new miter gauge, aligned everything and all is now great for smooth working… EXCEPT for the measurement tape/scale of the fence, which is driving me crazy. Being a retired engineer as opposed to a carpenter, I’m just not comfortable dealing with markings in 1/8”, 1/16”, 1/32” increments. I don’t think well that way and have to triple check about every other measurement or I’m almost guaranteed to be screwing up cuts. Is there anywhere I can get a long replacement tape or scale marked in decimal inches (1/10” and 1/100” increments) to replace it with? I’ve found metal tape measures with such scales, but don’t know how well I could attach the curved tape from one of those to the fence guide (the existing original tape is perfectly flat).

Or would I be better off just getting something like an iGaging or Grizzly digital readout (assuming it would be compatible)? It looks like one of those would set me back about $90, more that I’d like to spend but still maybe worth it.

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#1 posted 10-04-2016 02:58 AM

I have never heard of a tape like you are asking about. Ever. I have been in the ww world for a few decades and like to think I stay up on stuff like this. That said, I think you’d be well served to look at digital products by Wixey in addition to the digital devices already mentioned. They are worth it, especially if you brain (like mine) works in decimals. I own three Wixey digital readouts on two planers and a drum sander. Love em!

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#2 posted 10-04-2016 03:21 AM

Wixey makes a DRO that reads decimal / fraction and metric. Attaches to any saw:

Look HERE!


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#3 posted 10-04-2016 03:40 AM

Thanks, guys.

Looking at the Wixley, I’m a little concerned about whether it could attach to my fence system. Underneath the Paralok fence guide there is a system of cables and pulleys (which assure that the back of the fence tracks the front of the fence, works great and quite a nice feature). It looks like that track bar the Wixley uses would have to mount to the fence guide without interfering with those cables, but the installation video shows them drilling and attaching bolts for mounting brackets under there.

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#4 posted 10-04-2016 04:36 AM

This might be an option.
You can use this to print various styles of paper rulers on your computer. They have some that are graduated in 10ths. You could print multiple 12 inch rulers and use some sort of clear tape to attach them to your saw. It won’t be as nice as a Starrett measure stix and you may have to replace them every once in a while but I’ve found them to be pretty accurate.

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#5 posted 10-04-2016 05:52 AM

Here’s a source for 1/10 graduations on an adhesive ruler:

MSC ruler

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#6 posted 10-04-2016 02:46 PM

Thanks, that looks like it should do! No 1/00ths but I can estimate from there.


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#7 posted 10-05-2016 04:34 AM

I ran into a possible solution on the ‘bay. Someone is selling “Blem Cosmetic Second PEC 36” Flexible 5R (/10/100/32/64ths) machinist rulers”, which looks like it might do the job with good apparent precision. There is also a thicker but wider “rigid” version there, which has the 1/100s on the right side for my fence, so I’m probably going with that one.

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#8 posted 10-05-2016 11:04 AM

Wasn’t the one at MSC a vertical oriented scale?

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#9 posted 10-05-2016 05:11 PM

That’s what it says, but I’m not sure what that means—digits would read sideways?

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#10 posted 10-05-2016 05:58 PM

That s what it says, but I m not sure what that means—digits would read sideways?

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