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Forum topic by jjbuzard posted 01-16-2017 09:58 PM 308 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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jjbuzard

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01-16-2017 09:58 PM

I have owned this Flip Top out feed support for quite some time, recently I broke the tightening handle for the height adjustment. I tried contacting Rigid, they won’t answer, and no longer supply the handle, it was made out of Pot Metal, which explains why it broke. What I did find out is this is a common problem. after a little thought, I finished breaking of the Pot Metal crap and removed the remainder of the handle and drilled a hole through thew outboard end and pushed a hardened rod through the hole with room for it to slide, then heated the ends and bent them into a tight j on each end and ground the resulting loop smooth and heat shrinked the ends. Better than the original. I also could have simply removed the remains of the handle and used a 3/8 ’ nut and a wrench, but this way I don’t need a wrench

-- Jim B


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#1 posted 01-17-2017 12:25 AM

I had an old ridgid miter saw stand that had the exact same adjusting handle. on the end is a spring loaded screw. remove it and discard it. That leaves you with what looks like a nut that a socket will easily fit over. I think 7\16 maybe. Been awhile. The handles were always in the way on the miter saw table. once I broke the 1st one and saw how easy it was to adjust with a wrench or socket removed them all. I think an open end wrench will work with the screw in place. I took the screw out and used a 1\4 drive ratchet. It will hang on the nut giving you both hands free to adjust. Also, I think you have to take the screw off to put a box end wrench on it. Then replace the screw and the wrench can’t fall off.

-- John

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