Yates American M-1701 Table Saw - Aftermarket fence?

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10-30-2017 04:56 PM

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Inheriting this 1950s Yates American M-1701 table saw and wondering if anyone has any clue if I’d be able to upgrade the fence to something more modern/reliable/accurate. I haven’t found much on these saws other than on the Vintage Machinery site, so I’m looking for input. Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 10-30-2017 05:04 PM

A lot of fence rails would interfere with the
function of the jointer. I’m not saying you couldn’t
install an aftermarket fence, but you would
either have to cut the rails off short, give
up on using the jointer or install the rails so
they stick way out to the right.

You could make a custom fence out of wood or
80/20 extrusion.

You might want to consider selling the unit as
is to a collector and buying something with a more
modern fence.

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#2 posted 10-30-2017 05:10 PM

Check with Super Awesome Very Cool Tools…
Sorry, their name has always bugged me but they do all kinds of aftermarket fences that are somewhat diy and parts.
They might have something that will work for you.

Very cool saw. Yates made some very good machinery back in the day.

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#3 posted 10-31-2017 11:38 AM

I had one of those a couple years back.
I’m pretty sure the fence rail is cast right into
the table. Pretty limited what you could do I’d think.

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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