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?