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Forum topic by Cheapguy82 posted 05-07-2017 12:03 AM 417 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cheapguy82

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05-07-2017 12:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw question opinion jet fence

I have an old (blue) Jet table saw and am having issues. The fence seems to have a bow in the middle and it doesn’t seem to lock into place firmly enough so from front to back, the blade traps/cuts with the ‘back’ of the blade as wood passes through…which (at best) doesn’t allow me to rip straight stock and (at worst) traps wood and creates a safety concern.

I asked my neighbor about it and he said that my complaints are just having to do with ‘trying to do precision work without a ‘precision’ piece of equipment’. In my opinion, a table saw’s – ANY table saw’s – job is to reliably cut straight stock. Based upon that, I think that my neighbor’s opinion holds no water. I’m curious about what you all have to say…

To deal with the bow, I built an auxiliary fence that is flat and fits on top of the existing one. to deal with the safety concern, I put the fence on the left hand side of the blade instead of the right. So far, it seems to be working ok.

In the future, I’ve thought of either (1) buying a reliable fence system or (2) spending a little more and buying a used saw that comes with a reliable fence system…since people don’t really sell used high quality fence systems at a price that would make sense.

What do you all think? Neighbor’s opinion? Opinions on my fix and longer term buying solution?

Thanks!!

-- Stephen - Georgia


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jonnybrophy

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#1 posted 05-07-2017 12:15 AM

Is it possible, that the arbor is has a little wobble in it?
For example, are your dado’s exactly the width of the blade? or a little bit wider? This might be a concern.

As for the fence, im not sure. Is there a model number or pictures? that would help

-- "If she dont find ya handsome, she better find ya handy"

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Loren

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#2 posted 05-07-2017 12:43 AM

When a fence locks at the back as well as the front
generally there’s a bit of technique or “feel”
in getting it to lock square. The fence should
lock parallel to the miter slots and the blade
should be parallel to them as well. I can’t say
for sure but if the fence is pinching the stock
on one side of the blade it may be locking down
out of square. On the other side it will be “open”
from square, obtuse. If you want to take
advantage of the added width capacity of ripping
to the right of the blade, square the fence or
adjust it so it is “open” the other way.

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Madmark2

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#3 posted 05-07-2017 12:49 AM

Incra LS-III will fix your saw & then some.

M

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Cheapguy82

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#4 posted 05-07-2017 01:02 AM

Thanks for the replies!

Johnnybrophy – I don’t think that I’m having arbor issues. I jsut got a new dado blade and it’s working like a champ. My old one worked well, width wise, but gave me issues with a flat bottomed cut. The new one is awesome. I’ll try to get pics of the saw and model number tomorrow morning and post them. Maybe that’ll help.

Loren – I agree that the fence should lock parallel to the miter slots (and the blade should to), but mine doesn’t. It locks at a slight angle…maybe 1/32” different between the front and back of the saw blade. By swapping the side that I normally put my fence on, I’ve tried to keep the back of the blade from hitting the piece that I’m cutting. I think that sounds like what you’re talking about, but I’m not sure. Is that right? Is this a normal situation to expect from a table saw (even a high-dollar one)? Although I’ve had it for a handful of years, this saw is the only one that I’ve owned, so I don’t have much experience.

Thanks!

-- Stephen - Georgia

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 05-07-2017 01:04 AM

I agree that the fence should lock parallel to the miter slots (and the blade should to), but mine doesn’t. It locks at a slight angle…maybe 1/32” different between the front and back of the saw blade.
- Cheapguy82

Pretty much every fence I’ve ever looked at, except perhaps for the very cheapest POS ones out there, can be adjusted for parallel. You just need to determine how on yours.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Loren

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#6 posted 05-07-2017 01:05 AM

There should be a couple of bolt heads at the
fence head. You loosen those and the fence
will pivot a little left and right. Adjust to
parallel, retighten the bolts and re-check for
parallel.

Fence adjustment systems vary, but the one
I described is common on older front-back
locking fences.

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pontic

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#7 posted 05-07-2017 01:12 AM

The Jet Xacta fence or the Incra fence will fix your problems. If you got the dollars go with the Incra.

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#8 posted 05-07-2017 05:10 PM

Madmark, Incra might pay you not to advertise for them, haha.

Stephen, you have a decent saw with a garbage fence. Buy yourself a Biesemeyer or clone, or better yet a Unifence if you can find one.

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#9 posted 05-07-2017 05:46 PM

The bow can be fixed by bolting in a UHMW strip to the fence and shimming where required.

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