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Dan

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1256 days ago

I just bought a new Delta T2 fence for my Delta contractors saw. I just spent the last 3 hours trying to get the damn thing aligned right. I finally gave up and decided to ask for help!

I attached the front and rear rails as instructed. I then checked them to make sure they were parallel with the table. My problem is as I slide the fence across the table its catching its self in the miter track. I spent hours going back and forth from the front rail to the back rail adjusting them over and over trying to get it so that the fence does not catch. I also tried adjusting the fence. I just cant get it to slide across the table smoothly.

Also the back part of the fence is not clamping down. Is that supposed to be that way? When I lock the fence I can pick up the back end. I got something all messed up… please help!

Thanks

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"


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#1 posted 1256 days ago

Call Delta, they shouldn’t have any problem helpin you get it straight. I think you’ve got one of the rails mis-aligned a slight bit possibly. My opinion, you shoulda bought the Biesemeyer. Good luck. Be patient. You’ll get it straighten out.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#2 posted 1256 days ago

I have the T2 on my Ridgid TS. There are height adjustment screws that ride on the front rail. The rear of the fence has an adjustable glide foot as well. The fence is a T square design and the rear does not lock down just the front.

You probably already did the above. That fence is supposed to be a stock option fence designed for your saw, but that doesn’t always guarrantee a good fit evidently. You could always put washers between the front rail and tube to shim it up a bit.

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#3 posted 1256 days ago

Dan

Re: Fence catching on the miter slot: You need to raise the sides of the fence to increase the gap between the fence and the top of your saw to about 1/16 inch. Don’t feel bad, because this adjustment is not documented in the instructions. Lay the fence upside down on and you’ll see two holes in the bottom of the fence. Inside the fence you’ll see 4 nuts that hold the fence sides in place. Slightly loosen the nuts and slide the sides up to increase the gap between the sides and the saw top. tighten nuts after adjustment is satisfactory.

Re: Back part of the fence is not clamping down: The back is not supposed to clamp down. The rear rail only provides vertical support to keep the back of the fence from dragging on the table.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 1256 days ago

Joe – I think that is exactly what I will need to do. I raised the front and rear fence as high as they will go so there was to way to raise those anymore. I will adjust the sides today and see how that goes.

Thanks guys

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 1256 days ago

good call joe on the fence sides. I forgot about that feature.

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#6 posted 1255 days ago

Update: After reading Joe’s response that seemed like the most logical thing to check first. I checked the bottom of the fence and sure enough the back end on one side of the fence was off and that is what was catching the miter gage track. I loosened the bolts inside the fence and fixed the problem.

There is nothing at all about this adjustment in the instructions so I guess I never thought of the fence sides being off. I kept going back to the rails. Delta should really update the directions. It would have saved me a lot of time.

Thanks for the help!

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#7 posted 1255 days ago

Glad it all worked out. You’ll really like the fence.

-- Joe

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#8 posted 941 days ago

Re: Fence catching on the miter slot: You need to raise the sides of the fence to increase the gap between the fence and the top of your saw to about 1/16 inch. Don’t feel bad, because this adjustment is not documented in the instructions. Lay the fence upside down on and you’ll see two holes in the bottom of the fence. Inside the fence you’ll see 4 nuts that hold the fence sides in place. Slightly loosen the nuts and slide the sides up to increase the gap between the sides and the saw top. tighten nuts after adjustment is satisfactory.

Re: Back part of the fence is not clamping down: The back is not supposed to clamp down. The rear rail only provides vertical support to keep the back of the fence from dragging on the table.

This is a fantastic tidbit of previsously unknown information: I am dang glad I found it as I thought my fence was “warped/not square”.. Merry Christmas!!

Rod

-- You need to try everything to honestly evaluate anything.... Anonymous

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