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Forum topic by nickbatz posted 09-22-2018 07:39 PM 1074 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2018 07:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw

I have a Ryobi TSS100L, and it’s great – but I’d like setting up smaller pieces to be less of a PITA.

The swiveling clamp attached to its base seems optimized for longer pieces – 2×4s, etc. And the fence is too short to clamp things to. What’s more, you can only chop-cut with the clamp on the right side of the blade – it gets in the way if you try to slide.

I know you can attach a wider piece of wood to use as an auxiliary fence, but that eats into your cutting capacity.

Any ideas?

And why don’t they make the fences on these things higher so you can clamp to them?

TIA


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#1 posted 09-25-2018 04:45 AM

Oh well, I guess nobody else has the same complaint.

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#2 posted 09-25-2018 04:57 AM

I’d add the auxiliary fence using a 1/2” ply, so you don’t lose so much capacity but get the height you want. The more expensive Miter Saws have moveable and removeable upper fence, so it’s possible to add a higher fence if you’re crafty enough to make one for it.

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#3 posted 09-25-2018 05:07 AM

Zero clearance auxiliary fence works for me:

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#4 posted 09-25-2018 05:09 AM

Good idea. Thanks Rayne.

I had another thought: making a longer swivel arm to replace the short one on the clamp. A piece of maple would be plenty strong for that.

The thing is, it’s not really the height of the fence that’s an issue, it’s not being able to clamp to it. Fences on miter saws are actually just backstops, because you’re not using them as cutting guides like you do on a table saw, router table, jointer, or shaper fence.

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#5 posted 09-25-2018 05:10 AM

waho6o9, that’s another good idea.

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