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Forum topic by jh1427 posted 04-25-2012 03:16 AM 1159 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2012 03:16 AM

Last year purchased my dream saw, but now it’s time to repaint and new parts if needed. My question is about the Bessemer fence on it. The angle iron will get power coated, wanted to power coat the front square tube but there is a strip of unpainted metal and how important is it to be unpainted? After sandblasting and then painting the new fence will look great. Ok guys help me please to under stand if I need to leave that little strip unpainted. Thanks J

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#1 posted 04-25-2012 04:06 AM

On my Jet, that strip of unpainted metal is where the locking lever contacts the tube. If it were painted, it would probably be slick enough to slip.

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#2 posted 04-25-2012 04:29 PM

How are ya gonna powder coat? That’s some pretty expensive equip.
Leave the strip unpainted.


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#3 posted 04-25-2012 05:40 PM

If you do powder coat (and I’m not sure it’s wise), be sure to double check squareness when the fence is locked down. It could mean a few thousandths or more.
Nice saw by the way. Good luck.


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#4 posted 04-26-2012 11:27 PM

Thanks, guys. We have a power coat shop in town. The brackets will be easy, it’s the square tube that will be tricky, easy if no strip needed in bare metal. I’ll have to paint it and mask it off. I’ll have made my decision in a few days, I’ll let you know.

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#5 posted 04-27-2012 12:46 AM

Dont think I would coat the tube. May interfere with adj. sensitivity

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#6 posted 06-14-2012 06:43 PM

On vacation this week and got about 20 some holes welded up in the base and the riser. Tomorrow I’ll run the riser over to the powder coated here in town. The base I’ll paint in a friends paint booth. The inside of of the cabinet has a lot more grease than rust so it will be better to paint then powder coat. The nice thing is the metal is thicker that a car and so welded up nicely and no body filler will be used. Just basic metal work. The color will stay grey, but the 5” riser I’ll paint black. When I get to doing the fence I think I’ll make it gray also. I’ll get some pictures up soon. Jerry

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