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richardchaos

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11-20-2017 10:14 PM

I just got Milescraft 1407 D/TFeatherBoard Dual or Tandem FeatherBoards for Router Tables and Table or Band Saws.

I have 3/4 inch miter slots. The EXPANSION miter slot tighteners will not work with my 3/4 miter slots.

YES I AM USING the 3/4 slot inverts not the small ones!

The front or long end expand fine but the way the rear part is made the onto way you can get them to tighten down is to torque them down with all your might! THEY WILL NOT EXPAND enough to fit tight in the slot in the rear!

Another $30 wasted on useless table saw accessories.

Funny that they use the exact saw I have on their YOUTUBE promotional vids!

Mine is a Ridgid 4512 and well the motor slot are not cut right, BUT still these should expand easily enough!

I should of listened and got some MAGNET feather boards Well there is always Christmas

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell


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splintergroup

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#1 posted 11-20-2017 10:32 PM

I have the same issue with my Delta’s oversized 3/4” slots. I really need to crank down on the expanding bolt to get things tight (Bulldog featherboard)

One thing to check is that the bolt head (tapered head with several small wings) has the wings aligned to enter the slot. If these are not aligned, they get munched into the body of the miter bar and you end up really cranking down to get the bar to expand.

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Rich

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#2 posted 11-20-2017 10:47 PM

They’re pricey, but the Magswitch products are awesome. They work all over the saw surface, not just in the miter slots, and on any metal surface, like a jointer or band saw. There are a host of accessories as well. The dollars add up, but I’ve never regretted the purchases.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#3 posted 11-21-2017 02:58 AM

I have a cheap one like that that I got at sears, the slot is not the issue because my craftsman saw has a substandard size slot. My issue is the curved adjusting slot,It does not slice back and forth as it should. I have to pick it up in both hands to just get to close. That is the worst designed feather board ever. I don’t think the designer ever used a table saw.

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clin

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#4 posted 11-21-2017 06:01 AM

Another vote for Magswitch version. Expensive, but well worth it.

-- Clin

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Woodmaster1

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#5 posted 11-21-2017 09:14 AM

You could make some holders out of wood with a countersink and a slit for expansion. I made a homemade jig using this method to hold it in place and it works great. Check my projects out ( thin strip jig for a picture)

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#6 posted 11-21-2017 12:16 PM

I have this one and it works OK. I took it apart and use the two parts separately.

The Magswitch are really nice but a bit more expensive. I have one but can not use it on my router table because it is not metal.

Perhaps, it might be an idea to post this in the review section.

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richardchaos

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#7 posted 11-21-2017 12:40 PM

Yea took mine apart as well.


I have this one and it works OK. I took it apart and use the two parts separately.

The Magswitch are really nice but a bit more expensive. I have one but can not use it on my router table because it is not metal.

Perhaps, it might be an idea to post this in the review section.

- Redoak49


-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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richardchaos

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#8 posted 11-21-2017 12:44 PM

The point is I should not have to modify ANYTHING on a brand new pier of equipment! When I buy a brand new car I should not have to change out the square wheels for round ones….

This sheet pisses me off! NOTHING WORKS any longer.. NOTHING!!

Also from an engineering perspective this POS CANT WORK. Even if the thing got tight like it should in the miter slots WTF does it have this wavy channel thing. You have to take it out of the miter slot and shake it around to readjust it. BUT since I use a RIDGID R4512, IT’S PERFECT! An unusable accessory for an unusable saw!


You could make some holders out of wood with a countersink and a slit for expansion. I made a homemade jig using this method to hold it in place and it works great. Check my projects out ( thin strip jig for a picture)

- Woodmaster1

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#9 posted 11-22-2017 12:20 AM



Another vote for Magswitch version. Expensive, but well worth it.

- clin


I use mine all the time and totally agree. Although, if something is well worth it then the expense is minimal in the long run.

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#10 posted 11-22-2017 07:13 AM

I had a similar feather board. After using it a while, I wondered what the hell the curved side was for. It merely made adjustments a pain in the posterior. But if you want to persist with it, maybe you could use T bolts, if your miter slots have the undercut slots. Toilet bolts come to mind.

But I can’t blame the manufacturer. I should have realized when I looked at it that it was a piece of crap. I think there is a lot of stuff (not just in the shop), that was “designed” by someone who had never used such a thing, never intended to, and wouldn’t know how if their life depended on it. It’s like kitchens designed by people who don’t cook. WTF?

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#11 posted 11-22-2017 07:19 AM

Dear, richardchaos

You post a lot a problems with tools and accessories here.

Maybe if you stuck to name brands/well known brands with a track record you might do better.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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richardchaos

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#12 posted 11-22-2017 10:05 AM

AS far as hand power tools I stick with DEWALT! I have only posted one compliant about a DeWalt Jig saw.

RIDGID and SEARS are brand name tools and they SUCK HARD! I also have a Porter Cable Drill press that has some much run out I use it as an agitator for my wash machine.

Brand names???? They are all made in China by political Prisoners


Dear, richardchaos

You post a lot a problems with tools and accessories here.

Maybe if you stuck to name brands/well known brands with a track record you might do better.

- AlaskaGuy

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#13 posted 11-22-2017 06:27 PM

So, sorry to hear about your frustration. I have the mag switch ones and they have their own issues. For me, when I am ripping on my bandsaw, sometimes the mags align over the top of the miter slot. Guess What. They don’t work at that point! Buyer beware! May I suggest replacing the ones that came with it with Rocklers DIY version. They work well and I have made plenty of custom feather boards in my day.

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alittleoff

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#14 posted 11-22-2017 07:25 PM

I have 2 of the same ones. Mine will tighten down but you have to take them out to adjust them. Their junk. I was looking at mag switch when I bought them. Dumb,Dumb,,Dumb.
Gerald

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richardchaos

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#15 posted 11-22-2017 09:48 PM

I agree they are junk looking forward to the MAG thing!


I have 2 of the same ones. Mine will tighten down but you have to take them out to adjust them. Their junk. I was looking at mag switch when I bought them. Dumb,Dumb,,Dumb.
Gerald

- alittleoff


-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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