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03-03-2012 01:26 AM

my guys broke our unifence. It was a user error that caused the break, otherwise it would have never happened. I had the part welded for 10.00 but recently the weld broke. I checked but the part is listed as on back order. In the recent past I have ordered parts on back order and it took a long time to get those parts. I really cannot wait an extensive period of time for the part.

The advice I request is:

Should I try and repair the fence, maybe even JB weld will work? I need to be back up and running by around Wednesday at the latest. The JB weld might just fix the part and last long enough to buy me some time. Then I could order the part and still use the table saw until the part comes in.

Or should I drop 200 or 300 dollars on a new fence. I only need a 30” fence, though if I bought a new fence I probably should look at 50” just to have the capacity. We actually only use the unisaw for ripping solid wood and cutting dados. I really don’t like looking for things to spend money on, and it seems I might be just looking for an excuse to get a brand new fence.

So any advice is appreciated. Thanks, Jerry

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 02:20 AM

More details after some research. The broken part is the ‘locking lug’. This part likely can be put back together with JB weld for a temporary fix. A quick search seems to suggest I would be waiting 15 to 30 days. That would not work for me. I did find it at but I don’t know who this is and the site does not give any estimated arrival time.

Any suggestions are welcome. If I am unable to fix the fence quickly I will be forced to buy a new fence and I lean towards the 50” shop fox fence. What do you all think?

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 02:38 AM

Find a better welder.

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 02:45 AM

I would probably just buy a used contractor’s saw locally and
use it for the job until the part arrived. But I work alone
mostly and would appreciate the length-stop feature of
the Unifence since I work in the European stye. If the Unifence
is not employee-proof however, maybe something more
robust would be an appropriate upgrade to the saw.

If you are a pro, it is wise to have machining capacities
doubled-up or even tripled in case of equipment failure.

The lug does not look like a tricky part to fabricate out of

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 03:26 AM

I vote to find a better welder. He didn’t do a good job. I can weld failures…...

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#5 posted 03-03-2012 04:24 AM

I haven’t looked closely at mine, but as I recall, it is a fairly simple steel part that should not be difficult for a local machine shop to duplicate.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 04:30 AM

Is it the head that broke ( The cast aluminum part)? If so I see them listed on ebay for around $75 all the time.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#7 posted 03-03-2012 05:03 AM

Thanks for the advice. I am leaning towards fixing the unifence. Actually i do believe a machine shop can fabriccate this part easily. I am going to look into doing this. Otherwise i will just get by until the part arrives.

Thanks for all the great advice. I think it is all good advice from my usual dependable lumber jock friends. Thanks.

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#8 posted 03-03-2012 05:10 AM

Oh yeah, we actually have a unisaw and the ridgid 3650 as our two main saws, and we have the ridgid full size portable job site saw that we use a lot. But the unisaw is our main go to saw and we have 4 workers so being without the unisaw will pinch us but we can do it. Thanks a ton guys. I will update the post after i resolve the problem.

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 08:48 AM

I would get a new fence just for legal reasons. If that fence lets go while a worker is making a cut, who knows what could happen.

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