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LonghornLumber

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09-26-2017 02:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

Somewhat of a newbie here looking for some advice.

I’ve been working on setting up my shop for a couple of years now, and I’m working out of a good size one-car garage. All my stuff is on mobile bases so I can shuffle it around since the car still needs to fit in. So far I’ve been using a folding table saw (DeWalt dw7491rs) that has worked well for me. However, I recently had the opportunity to pick up a used JET JWTS-10 contractor saw at a very good price. I’m now struggling to fit this beast (relative to my space) in the garage. As it turns out, after I put it on a mobile base, there’s just enough clearance for the car if I push the saw against the wall but with the fence taken off.

I’m wondering if there are any cons against doing this? I’m assuming that the fence may go out of alignment faster? any issues with wear and tear?

I don’t think there’s any other way to make this work and I’d hate to have to get rid of the JET, which is much nicer than the folding saw.

Thanks y’all!


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 09-26-2017 02:44 AM

It shouldn’t affect the alignment of the fence. You should check the fence alignment on occasion. The bushings and sliding surfaces will wear over time.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 09-26-2017 04:08 AM

There’s absolutely no reason you can’t take the fence off. After all, most saws come with some kind of a built-in rack for storing the fence when it’s removed from the saw. I remove mine when I need to crosscut something long and can’t move it out of the way. I also take it off on occasion to use the table saw surface for some other purpose, and I’ve never had an issue. Just be careful with how you remove and store it and you’ll be fine.

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#3 posted 09-26-2017 12:50 PM

You don’t mean the rails, do you?

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#4 posted 09-26-2017 01:56 PM



You don t mean the rails, do you?

- avsmusic1


No, I meant just the fence – slide it off the rails. Sorry for the confusion.

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#5 posted 09-26-2017 05:12 PM

Most fences you lift them off the rails, not slide them off. But either way, they are designed to go on and off as needed.

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#6 posted 09-26-2017 05:22 PM

Yeah I wouldn’t worry about removing the fence

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LonghornLumber

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#7 posted 09-26-2017 05:37 PM

Thank you all, that helps a lot!

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#8 posted 09-26-2017 05:55 PM

Nah you’re fine. I take my fence off all the time when I use my crosscut sled for large boards/panels. Should square right back up. :)

-- It all seems like a good idea at some point...

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#9 posted 09-26-2017 06:12 PM

You have to take the fence off every time you crosscut larger pieces. If it caused problems the saw would not be used for crosscuts.

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#10 posted 09-26-2017 06:37 PM

What car? :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 09-28-2017 03:32 AM

Well thanks all for the input, I’m happy to report that the saw is snugly parked against the wall and the car is parked in the garage. All good!

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William Shelley

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#12 posted 09-28-2017 03:43 AM

I never understood the point of parking a car in a garage. But then again, my tools are probably worth more than my car…

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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LonghornLumber

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#13 posted 09-28-2017 03:48 AM

I knew I was going to draw a lot of flak for parking my car in the garage :D Will you guys let me off the hook a bit if I tell you that it barely fits?


I never understood the point of parking a car in a garage. But then again, my tools are probably worth more than my car…

- William Shelley


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#14 posted 09-28-2017 01:58 PM



I knew I was going to draw a lot of flak for parking my car in the garage :D Will you guys let me off the hook a bit if I tell you that it barely fits?

I never understood the point of parking a car in a garage. But then again, my tools are probably worth more than my car…

- William Shelley

- LonghornLumber

Only if you post some pics of your projects! :-) We like pictures.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 09-28-2017 03:05 PM

My only real concern with frequently removing a table saw fence is dropping it and somehow knocking it out of adjustment. But not everyone is a klutz like me.

Ironically, I have the opposite problem with my table saw currently. Instead of not being able to fit my car in the garage, I actually can’t fit my new table saw in the shop. So right now my new tablesaw is stored in my van until the old table saw is sold off (hopefully tomorrow).

It helps that my van is almost big enough to put a shop into (7ft x 14ft, with 6.5ft ceiling)

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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