|Forum topic by Beeguy||posted 04-23-2011 07:32 PM||761 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
04-23-2011 07:32 PM
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."