|Forum topic by Charlie||posted 650 days ago||1120 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
650 days ago
OK I have to say that despite some issues folks have had getting this saw set up (split miter slots are a little odd) once I figured it out it’s just nothing short of awesome. BUT .... and it’s a big but… the 2-piece front fence rail is just impossible to get lined up right. Fence parallel to blade when the whole fence lock is on one piece of the rail, but when you need to get close in to rip something like 2 and a half inches or so, the fence lock straddles the splice in the front rail and the fence tails into the blade at the back. No matter how many times I’ve messed with it, I can’t get it to work correctly and reliably.
LOVE the saw…. HATE the fence rails. Can’t even really say I hate the fence. I know it’s nothing special but it keeps a straight line as long as you stay on just one half of the front fence rail. :)
So I got frustrated and fired off an email to Steel City Customer Support. I asked if there’s a one piece rail for this machine and they responded this morning with an email stating that there was indeed a 50 inch one-piece rail kit that they just came out with. And, gee, it’s only $130 plus $36 shipping.
I’m looking for other suggestions here. $166 to replace the front and rear rails (the rear is just an “L”, the front is an “L” to which a square tube is bolted up through the bottom) and I’d still have the same fence…. which is OK, but just ok.
Does $166 sound reasonable?
The square tube is 2” with 1/16 wall thickness. If it’s metric it’s 5cm square with 2mm wall thickness.
Keep in mind that I have the granite top so it’s not like I can drill it to mount just any aftermarket fence system. I thought I read on here about someone building an entire fence and rail out of aluminum extrusion and I’ll be searching for that. But am I expecting too much? I kinda feel like I’d be paying $160 to fix something that shouldn’t be like this to begin with. I wonder if I can just find a piece of 2 inch square tube that I can drill and tap…