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Forum topic by mosco posted 11-03-2012 06:48 PM 746 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2012 06:48 PM

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Hi everybody
New to this site!!
Recently I bought a vega pro 50 TS fence
I set it up & was pleased with it until I discovered that upon unlocking the fence
it moved out of parallel
Again locked is perfectly acceptable but unlocked is not
shouldnt this fence sit parallel at all times or am I expecting too much
I ask because I can not measure from the blade to fence because the fence will move upon lock-down
approximate movement is 1/16 or more at the end of fence
I am thinking of ways to shim to hold parallel
Do aLL fences do this
Any thoughts or info would be appreciated

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#1 posted 11-03-2012 08:28 PM

If it’s not locked it doesn’t need to be parallel. Hopefully it’s locked whenever you’re using it for something. If it is reliably parallel every time you lock it down, THAT’s what you want. You don’t want it waggin’ like a dog’s tail when it’s unlocked though. On my fence I had adjusters to set it parallel. If it was too loose when unlocked I could tighten both adjusters the same amount and it would tighten it up when it’s loose. :) That kinda made sense…. sorta. Be careful you don’t tighten it up so much that you’re really stressing the parts when you lock it.

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#2 posted 11-03-2012 08:31 PM

The fence is malfunctioning or the rails on your TS are not parallel. Try loosening the back rail and adjusting it to be square to the table. Also do the same to the front rail and try it again. If you have another fence, see if it has the same issue.

Upon further review I see my mistake in assuming it was when the fence is locked. NM> :)

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 08:34 PM

I agree with Charlie that it has to be parallel (or maybe back end a little away from the blade).

I would think that it should be very close to parallel when unlocked. I would look for an adjustment that would tighten both sides (left of fence, right of fence) at the same time. At worst you may have to shim it.

If you can calculate the amount change from unlocked to locked you could always adjust your measurement by that amount.

Also, try calling where you bought the fence from or the manufacturer and ask them.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 11-03-2012 08:45 PM

Seems typical to me ,your only concern should be if it is correct when locked.

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#5 posted 11-03-2012 08:46 PM

You unlock it to slide it, and it needs a gap to move….you don’t need it parallel to do that. The Vega offers a micro-adjustment mechanism to dial it in once it’s close.

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#6 posted 11-03-2012 08:51 PM

I agree with what has been said. The fence will be parallel only when it is locked. What I do is get it close, then set the lock tension slightly, I then tap it into place while watching the tape measure. Once it is correct, I lock it fully.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 11-03-2012 09:01 PM

thanks all
I guess I just needed someone to tell me my fence is not defective or I was missing an adjustment

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