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Forum topic by Beeguy posted 04-23-2011 07:32 PM 769 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Beeguy

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04-23-2011 07:32 PM

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I have an older (25 years) Jet contractor saw. I bought it used a few years ago and it pretty much meets my needs. The only problem I have is the fence. The rails are round tubes one in front and one in back. The problem is to set the fence you really have to check both ends. If you only adjust it by measuriing it on one side the chances are very good it will not be parallel to the blade. I did make an adjustable jig to put in the miter track and can set the fence quickly but you actually have to take it out of the miter slot, or lower the blade to move it back and forth. I have a few boards ripped to some standard widths that I keep around but if you are making an odd sized rip or ripping thin strips it takes a few measurements. Once the fence is set it holds fine and I like it but it is just the time it takes to get it right.

I know the obvious answer is to buy a new fence. However even the less expensive after market ones cost between $200 and $300. I keep telling myself that I don’t want to put that much into this saw because I would rather replace it in the future. Just not sure when that will be.

I am looking for any simple suggestions for a way of quickly ensuring it is parallel. If you have any ideas please or jigs or other suggestions please let me know.

I guess if I did buy an aftermarket fence it would probably be a Delta T2 or Shop Fox but I am still thinking I would rather put that money toward a new saw.

Thanks and Happy Easter

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 08:25 PM

I see two options, Ron. Neither is to keep the system as is. You will always be fighting the non parallel fence, and that will likely take the joy and flow out of your woodworking.

Choice #1: Buy the new fence, save the old. When you’re ready to upgrade, sell the old saw with the old fence. Some weekender will want it.

Choice #2: Buy the new saw. Actually a used saw; if your CL is anything like most, good saws with good fences are pretty frequent.

I commend you for your creativity in dealing with the fence issue. I don’t think you’ll find any better way to cope with a less than desirable situation.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Beeguy

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 09:38 PM

Thanks Lee,

I think getting a new fence is probably the way to go, but if anyone has any suggestions until I get the new one please let me know.

Funny thing about Craiglist in my area. I don’t follow it daily but I can honestly say it is rare to find a good woodworking tool on the list. And I pretty much search the sites that cover half of the state. Every once in a while you will find something being sold by a woodworker. Otherwise it is pretty much low end junk. When you do find something other that a bench top saw listed. They look to be in really bad condition. I know they can be cleaned up but I am much better off with what I have. There are a lot of woodworkers around here so I doubt good equipment needs to be listed because I am guessing it is sold more by word or mouth.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 09:48 PM

Make your own fence there not difficult to make I made an exact beiseymeyer fence for my saw and it works great ,or maybe sort the one you have.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 10:31 PM

I put the Delta T2 Unifence on my saw and what a night and day difference. I had the original Delta fence with the round tubes. You can get a great deal for this fence at Tools-plus.com. The fence is discontinued from Delta it is at closeout for $147.00.
I am not affiliated with this company just passing on a great deal to a fellow jock.

-- mrg

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