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Forum topic by Reaper417 posted 03-30-2013 12:42 AM 1731 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2013 12:42 AM

Hey guys a little help here.I have a Delta saw with a Biesemeyer fence.It seems that when I tighten it down it moves a litte bit.Is that normal? It seems when I line it up, its not where it goes when I tighten it. Its off a bit. It does seem square to the blade, its just the loose play. Any help would be great or let me know if that normal. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 01:48 AM

Checked my fence.There are no screws when I turned it over.

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#2 posted 03-31-2013 02:38 AM

I also have Delta with a Biesmeyer fence. It does the same thing. It’s because of the play in the “clamping” mechanism when the lever is pulled up. The fence is dead solid perfect when tightened. I don’t think you have a problem. Just be sure when you measure that it doesn’t move.

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#3 posted 03-31-2013 03:51 AM

I think you just need to develop a slightly different habit, Reaper.

When you move the fence to the right or the left, also pull it slightly toward you. That way the cursor will read accurately and when you move the lever down to lock it, it won’t move.

BTW, the pads on a Biesmeyer on the the part that meets the rail and at the far end of the fence are just pieces of plastic laminate. When they get down to the brown (phenolic) layer, remove them and replace with new.



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#4 posted 03-31-2013 04:01 PM

You should be careful to NOT apply too much pressure on the clamping handle. Too much pressure can distort the tube. Any fence that clamps only at the front, will have some play. As long as you have the same parallelism at the front and the back, there is no problem. Ripping doesn’t apply any side pressure to the fence.

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#5 posted 03-31-2013 04:19 PM

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#6 posted 03-31-2013 06:06 PM

MrRon stated “Ripping doesn’t apply any side pressure to the fence.” I agree, you should never apply too much side pressure against the fence. I had the same problem with my fence. Make sure your adjustment screws on the angle iron piece in knotscott’s picture above are equally screwed in (same # of turns in). Maybe this is the cause of your problem? Lots of good advice in these posts for sure!

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#7 posted 04-01-2013 12:02 AM

My apologies. I misread the problem. I should not have said you have no problem. My Biesmeyer only has slop when the locking handle is released. You definitely need to adjust your fence. Sorry for the bum answer.

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#8 posted 04-14-2013 06:44 PM

Thanks for all the help.I fixed the problem….Dave

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