Just bought a used Delta saw with unifence only to find I overlooked a cut into the fence! Help.

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Forum topic by Chrisdku posted 10-14-2012 11:07 PM 10163 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2012 11:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw fence gouge fence cut from blade blade hit fence

So I just recently purchased a Delta Table saw, 1.5-2 HP contractor series 2000. It sounds great, blade runs great but I was looking over it the other night and noticed a CUT in the friggin’ fence. I don’t even know how the hell the guy did this. I can only imagine one of two scenarios. He either moved the fence into the blade on accident adjusting it with it on or he was cutting something very very thing and instead of lowering the blade he angled it into the fence. Either way there is a cut that is thin and a little deep at where the top of the blade would have hit. Then at the bottom where the front of the blade would have been is a deepish gouge into my fence. It probably isn’t as bad as I am making it sound. I can provide pictures later but what I want to know is did I just buy a ruined fence? Is there any way to resolve an issue such as this or would this be something that might cause me no trouble at all with wood. My only concern is when moving wood down the fence it might make it bump a tiny tiny bit and not be as accurate of a cut. It is an aluminum unifence fence system. That is why I wanted to saw so bad. I have not cut anything on it yet as I am waiting until I get a new blade and some safety gear. This is my first table saw so don’t mind me being green behind the ears. Thanks guys.

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 11:34 PM

Attach a sacrificial face to the fence and get over the buyers remorse, IMO. Sorry to be so blunt, but you will probably want to add the sacrificial surface anyway (for that very reason/prevention/protection).

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 11:42 PM

Sounds like you could fill and sand with any epoxy or epoxy/aluminium product.
The fence will be fine.
Unifence is still the best fence out there in my opinion.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 11:49 PM

happens allot on job sites

you can fill these with bondo
and sand smooth
or if they are superficial
they have a ‘slick tape’
(self stick)
to cover the whole thing
i’ve used it before
and it makes things nice
with no jerking

aluminum can mark the wood (like graphite)
and any dings
can ‘catch’ the wood
and make it jerky

-- 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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#4 posted 10-14-2012 11:55 PM

Neat source David! I just bookmarked it for future reference.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 10-15-2012 06:20 AM

Thank you all SO much. I am going to buy some of that tape and use that. I am so relieved. I somehow thought that the gouge like ruined the entire fence. I’m new to this and learning as i go. Don’t worry I’m studying a ton of safety. I figure I’ll get the tape, a new blade, a featherboard, and a riving knife immediately before using it =). Ty again! I’m sure I’ll ask some more questions before I buy all my safety gear to confirm if I’m getting the right stuff.

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#6 posted 10-15-2012 01:33 PM

Enjoy this time Chris. It is always the most fun when setting up new equipment and the shop…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 10-15-2012 01:48 PM

If all else fails, you can replace it. This one offers a lot of improvements. I have one and like it a lot, but I still also use the factory fence, especially for the low side.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#8 posted 10-15-2012 04:51 PM

I had that fence for many years on a contractor saw. It is awesome, you can certainly fix it for next to nothing with bondo or JB Weld type material, but you can replace the extrusion only, also. I really like the “push stick” that stratles the fence and the design of that fence makes it difficult to us one. I found a replacement extrusion from “Peachtree” that is more of a box, more conventional. It is about 80.00 or so.

A few years ago I bought a saw stop, and their fence in my opinion pales in comparison tho that fence.
Mike aka Moke

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#9 posted 10-15-2012 04:58 PM

I had the same thing happening to me when I bought my ridgid 3650 tablesaw. Even more weird was that the cut in the fence was on the right side of the fence.. So the guy moved the fence on the wrong side of the blade as well.. Luckily I checked and the fence had no deflection because of it. That is what I would check first if I were you. Make sure its not bowed. If it is not, just install a sacrificial fence and you are good to go.

-- Yves

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