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Forum topic by CiscoKid posted 11-05-2010 01:39 AM 2002 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2010 01:39 AM

I am the owner of a 14” Powermatic bandsaw. The first things I upgraded were urethane tires, Carter guide system, Carter tension spring, and a carbide tooth resaw blade. The saw is now a resaw machine. One problem – the fence is not perpendicular to the table. I’ve checked it all out and I can’t see any way to adjust this. Am I missing something? Do I just need to purchase an aftermarket fence? What’s the deal? I need the fence to be square with the table!

-- Al, Culpeper VA


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#1 posted 11-05-2010 01:57 AM

I bought the same bandsaw a few years ago. I Installed the riser block myself, and I also had to actually remove and sand down one of the phenolic “brakes”,(I call it that) and reglue it back in place. These help lock the fence down. There isn’t any adjustments on these like there is on my Beisemeyer TS fence. It wasn’t that big of a deal. I know when you spend that much money, you shouldn’t have to do anything major like that. Did you just buy this? I only use Timberwolf blades. A good friend o mine turned me onto them. They’re grrrrreat! The Carter spring system came with mine, and, I really like it…. after I finally got used to un-tensioning the blade each time I was done with it. Let me know how you make out.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#2 posted 11-05-2010 04:00 AM

Al, I am not sure if I can offer you help or not but I had problems with the fence on my PM saw. There is a small plastic wedge that fits under the fence which puts enough pressure on the fence to hold it in place when it is clamped down. The wedge came loose on my saw. I tried double stick tape, CA glue, etc. to hold it in place but they only worked for a short time. I eventually decided to replace the fence with a Carter Magnetic fence. And I am glad that I went this route. It works much better than the original fence for me.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 11-05-2010 02:08 PM

Thank you for your replies. Roger – Mine came with the Carter tension arm but I wasn’t sure about the spring so I replaced it anyway. Probably threw my money away but too late now. I looked at those pads under the front bar and there is no way I am going to sand a little off, glue it back, check for square, pull it off, sand a little more, glue it back, etc… until it’s right. I love the saw, but the fence needs some improvement in my opinion.
Scott – that same plastic wedge came off of my cam arm in the first two weeks. I’ve since glued it back on twice. The next time it falls off the whole fence is going in the trash bin. Thank you for the link to the magnetic fence. I checked it out and have one question – what keeps it parallel to the blade? Just line it up by eye each time you move it? I love my PM bandsaw, but I hate the fence!

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 03:16 PM

Al, you have to manually line it up as you are describing. I use a combination square or ruler to measure the front and back distance from the miter slot. It is a little cumbersome but the process only takes a minute or so.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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