Switch miter bar on miter gauge from 3/4 to 5/8 for my cheap saw?

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Forum topic by jmkeuning posted 02-01-2012 04:23 AM 5741 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2012 04:23 AM

I have read a number of conversations about upgraded miter gauges and how they will not fit saws with 5/8 miter slots. Has anyone swapped the bar for a narrow bar? Seems pretty straightforward.

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#1 posted 02-01-2012 04:52 AM

If the width was the only problem it would be pretty straightforward.

But most “cheap saw” miter slots have these little protursions sticking out that ride above the bar to keep it in the track. To make it worse, they are not full length, but just stick out in a couple of places. Not impossible to work around, but a pain in the ars.

They are not limited to “cheap saws” either. Almost every benchtop and portable saw sold by Sears, Ryobi, and a lot of no-name saws have this feature. Its the simplest way to get miter bar retainage on a die cast aluminum or stamped steel saw top.

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#2 posted 02-01-2012 05:01 AM

years ago I had a cheap saw with exactly that issue and I tried to get past it as you suggested by replacing the 3/4 bar on one of the accessories with 5/8 bar for one of the cheap items. Unfortunately, it didn’t work because most of the 5/8 bars don’t fit firmly enough in those tracks and the amount of play between the 5/8 track & bar defeats the advantage of using a precision gauge.

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#3 posted 07-19-2014 01:45 AM

I found the mitre bars as replacement parts at Milescraft. They are replacement parts for the 1406 FeatherBoard. Here is the link, hope it helps.

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