Zero clearance insert for TS

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Forum topic by BJODay posted 01-30-2013 09:35 AM 1446 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2013 09:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw zero clearance insert craftsman

Last spring I purchased a Sears Craftsman Hybrid table saw. I love it. It was a great step up from a +40 year old craftsman. It works well for my small projects.

I’m looking for a zero clearance insert for the saw. It has a granite top so the insert is a heavy metal plate that clips in place. I have not been able to find a zero clearance for this model. (351.221161). Does anyone know if there is one available. Has anyone tried to manufacture their own?

Thanks for any help.

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 01:33 PM

Easy to make your own.

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 01:58 PM

I have the Porter Cable 220 TS, which all over the internet I see the biggest drawback is you can’t buy a ZCI and because of how its made it is impossible to build one. I finally figured out last week that if I get an extra couple of the stock inserts I may be able to take a piece of hardboard or mdf and glue it to the underside of the insert plate with a slight recess for the thickness of the insert so that everything is flush on top. Not 100% sure if it would work for my situation, but the reason I mention it here is I would think that this could be a way that it could work on any TS that doesn’t have a stock ZCI available.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 03:19 PM

Bondo’s right BJ. Not hard to make. These inserts for a Steel City saw might work.

Ben, JimH had a post on that insert about a year ago. -Jack

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 03:42 PM

From the sound of it, it’s the same saw as the Rigid 4511 with the granite top and the SteelCity equivalent which all share the same blade insert.

I made a few inserts from phenolic here: (seems like the pictures are no longer available, and I’ll try to repost them later tonight). you can make your own inserts. can be done using the saw + router, or the saw + files/sanding. Or you can try and find the Steel City inserts for sale and/or equivalent.

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 02:49 AM

Found the proper insert at peach tree, made by Steel City. Thanks for the help.


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