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Forum topic by mcody326 posted 01-03-2013 12:45 PM 920 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2013 12:45 PM

Hello everyone, new member here. I have been building things with my hands and using tools for as long as I can remember, but until recently I have never owned a table saw. My wife thought it would be a great idea if I ordered a G0715p for Christmas, so I did!
Anyway, this thing seems to have an industry standard “Biesemeyer style” fence that should be more than adequate, but it appears to me that grizzly’s version is of poor design, and here is why:
As I rotate the cam lock down, all kinds of weird things happen. Pushing the lever pulls the whole fence forward. Also, fence alignment changes drastically from unlocked to lock. I was told by a grizzly tech that this (alignment drift) was normal, and even exists in the genuine Biesemeyer fence. I can believe that this is true to a degree, but not to the extent it is happening on my Grizzly (3/16 or more)! The fence does not progressively drift out as the cam is locked, but instead follows a predictable meander. It seems to me that if this fence was designed slightly different, it could perform WAY better. The HDPE glides are mounted on a leaf spring that is rivited to the inside the fence’s c-channel portion. As the cam is tightened, the “c” is pulled toward the operator (along with the entire fence), the spring starts to compress against the front tube, then spring travel bottoms out on the fence adjusters – that are now tightly sandwiched between the tube and one face of the c-channel. (The locked position is the only position that the adjusters are doing anything). To me this seems wrong. This could be easily made so that all these parts were in contact at all times, and any “slop” could be taken out from the front side. I would like to hear some of your feedback, as well as if you think I should modify mine (I probably will anyway). Is a genuine Biesemeyer fence spring loaded in this way?

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 02:09 PM

I have the Shop Fox Aluma Classic on my G0444Z TS. It is a very nice Bies clone fence. Accurate, repeatable, etc.


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#2 posted 01-03-2013 02:16 PM

I have a grizzly and have no problems with mine

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 02:23 PM

I have the 1023 saw that I purchased a couple months ago which I believe comes w/ the same shop fox fence and do not have the problems you’re mentioning. I put my wixey measurement doo-dad on it, and the only thing I ever notice is when I lock it down, it sometimes drifts about .005” to the right. This is probably more my technique and me pushing a bit to the right when I lock it down.

I dont notice the fence moving at all in any direction when I lock it down. I am sure there is a tiny bit of drift, but its so small that my eye can not see it. I would maybe spend a little time fine turning the fence. It sounds like the contacts on the fence rail may be a bit too loose.

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#4 posted 01-03-2013 02:47 PM

What you guys are saying is what I would expected to see. Unfortunately mine pulls forwad as it kicks out. Weird.
Question to those with the Grizzly/Fox fence.In the unlocked position, do the leaf springs in yours push the glides into the adjusters or into the front tube?
I am hoping the answer is that they push into the adjusters, Mine do not.
Thanks again for any input.

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#5 posted 01-03-2013 06:23 PM

mcody326…........any chance for a short video that demonstrates what your fence is doing? on my ridgid OEM fence, which locks front and rear, it’s necessary to push the fence head towards the table prior to locking to ensure squareness to the table. your problem might just be your technique.

otherwise, just complain to grizzly long enough and to the right level of management and they’ll probably send you a new fence. gotta say, i don;t own any griz tools, but yours is one of the few product based complaints i’ve seen across 6 WW forums.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#6 posted 01-03-2013 06:49 PM

I thought about my problem and decided that the problem was with the guide spring. I figured this out before calling Grizzly a second time. Instead of telling the technician what my symptoms were, I told him I strongly believe the spring was at fault. Specifically that the spring was riveted in the wrong way. From that point on we both wound up with exploded view drawings in front of us as we discussed spring orientation. He then pulled one out and verified that the spring pushes against the adjustment set screw, NOT the front tube. Basically, my fence is “floating” on springs until it is locked down.
The determination was that my fence is defective! He told me to send him pictures of the backward spring, From there he promises to swap it out.
I am not with the saw right now, but I will be taking the photo tonight.

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