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bevins587

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905 days ago

I picked up a used Craftsman table saw that had a Biesemeyer fence already on it. I noticed that the part of the fench that creates the friction from the handle was bent and I’m not sure if that is causing the problem or not. The fence will lock down but if you bump it, it will move and I would assume that this shouldn’t be the case. From the picture, does anyone have any suggestions as to what is going on (I can take all the pictures you need, just let me know what you want to see)?

Also when I go to lock the fence down, should the handle go all the way pointed towards the floor or stop about 3/4?

Don’t let the paint chips confuse you as to how bent the piece is, because it isn’t bent as bad as the picture makes it looks, has more of a sligh curve.


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JAAune

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#1 posted 905 days ago

There are two setscrews on the angle iron that slips over the fence rail. Screwing those further in will tighten the grip the fence has on the rail when locked down.

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cabmaker

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#2 posted 905 days ago

Mine stops at about 3/4. You can vary that by running the fence alighnment screws a bit deeper which may be why yours is not locking tightly. Properly set up you should never have to really lean on that lever.

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bevins587

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#3 posted 905 days ago

Thanks for the quick responses, went out and adjusted them a little farther out and that fixed it right on up.

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JAAune

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#4 posted 905 days ago

Just double-check the alignment of the fence with the miter slot and blade in case you haven’t already done so. Those set screws are also the alignment mechanism for the fence. Tweak as needed until everything lines up nicely.

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bevins587

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#5 posted 905 days ago

Good catch other wise I would have been wondering why all my cuts were off, goes back to that saying of every action has a reaction” or something along those lines.

Thanks again.

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JAAune

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#6 posted 905 days ago

You’re welcome.

Enjoy the fence. Once I got a taste for a Biesemeyer at the workplace I found it hard to get used to the flimsy thing on my old Grizzly saw (eventually “had” to upgrade my saw with Biesemeyer).

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DustyRich

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#7 posted 905 days ago

The saying is and my high school physics teacher would be proud ” every action has an opposite and equal reaction”

Rich

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Lee Barker

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#8 posted 905 days ago

Just wanted to add that this is a critical setting. If there’s too much play, then you’ll get what the OP asked about—inadequate locking.

But if you tighten those set screws too much (I wish mine were fine thread instead of SAE) you can actually dent the front of the rail and that’s not a good thing.

As OBWan says, “We must be cautious.”

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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JerrodMcCrary

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#9 posted 197 days ago

I just wanted to say thanks for the people that gave very helpful answers. I recently got a table saw and had the problem with the fence not locking. I have never had a table saw fence when the back of the fence did not actually clamp to anything so I had been using clamps for a couple of days. This totally is an easy fix but takes time to get the fence dead on accurate to get same readings on each side of blade, or it did me. About 25 minutes later sawing good straight cuts.

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JerrodMcCrary

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#10 posted 197 days ago

Seems like you could drill a fine thread hole next to the factory hole or just use a bigger diameter set screw and drill out the factory hole with a fine thread bit.

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patron

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#11 posted 197 days ago

in your picture
it looks like the locking pad is broken
and not realy ‘bent’ like it should be
but flat
so it takes more ‘lever’ to get it to the rail

here is mine
you can see how it is supposed to be
(it has a cork pad on it too
to keep it from sliding)

you might want to get a replacement

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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patron

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#12 posted 197 days ago

don’t know your model #
but here is a link to the fences
at e-replacement parts

http://www.ereplacementparts.com/biesemeyer-fence-rail-parts-c-3275_14866_14867.html

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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