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jimig11

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479 days ago

Hi all,
So I picked up a craftex fence for wicked cheap, I am talking $30 with rails cheap. Never used all with original stickers. However its roughly 6 ” to long for my table, which is a problem because of the locking mechanism.
I am thinking though, if I remove the end cap from fence, take out tension rod, then put the fence into a miter box, use a hack saw to bring it down to length, shorten the tension rod and re-thread the end of it, it should work. So before I go cutting up a $350 fence anyone see a problem with that idea? oh BTW the fence is extruded aluminium.


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knotscott

5369 posts in 1978 days


#1 posted 479 days ago

That’s the same fence that came on the Ridgid TS3650, and is fairly well regarded. It’s worth a lot more than $30…maybe $100-$150, and it’ll directly fit a lot saws (Emerson and TTI/Ryobi made Ridgid and Craftsman contractor saws) so you might want to consider whether or not you want to sacrifice that value.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 479 days ago

I like knotscott’s angle on this….could you resell it and make enough to get an easily-mounted unit?

I think your plan is a workable one, but now is a good time to consider all the possibilities when you’re in the game this easily.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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casual1carpenter

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#3 posted 479 days ago

I’m having a moment of brain fart here so you might have to excuse me…. but. Is there any reason why you could not extend the distance between the rails with spacers. It might take a bit to figure out but you should be able to use it on this saw and still retain it’s value and usability on a larger unit.

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jimig11

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#4 posted 479 days ago

Ok, sorry guys been at work all day, antsy to get home and post replies, so as for selling it, I would be lucky to get $150, when i first started perusing Kijiji looking for an upgrade a guy posted an Excalibur fence for $120. It’s still up for sale. So in my area used TS fences don’t sell to fast. That was my 1st thought to. Then after realizing the time it would take to sell as well as a replacement starting at $200+ tax my mind moved to modding the fence.
No, no brain fart there, good question, as far as I can see I am not able to do that because of the mounting configuration and gap. See the mounting bolts are T-bolts that sit in a track in the rail, attach to your table with nuts, gap is 6”. Any ideas?

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distrbd

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#5 posted 479 days ago

Without close up pictures it will be hard to quite understand why you have to cut it.try to find a way so it stays intact .
I almost bought that Excalibur fence from that seller in Toronto (Oakville) but decided against it and instead I bought a Beisemeyer fence which incidentally was also too big for my saw ,I managed to install it without cutting it down.

-- Ken from Ontario

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jimig11

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#6 posted 479 days ago

Funny you should say that, I am just charging my phone now so I can take some close ups. That guy is a clown, $120 or OBO I offer $100 and he sends me a nasty email back so i am kind of glad to hear you did not buy it. In about 45 min i will post close ups of everything I am working with, how much you pay for the bies? Rolls Royce of fences..

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distrbd

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#7 posted 479 days ago

That guy also didn’t want to budge from $120 ,I didn’t understand the point of putting “OBO” in any ad if the price is firm! he also wanted $25 gas money to meet me in GTA,I finally told him NO thank you.
The Beisemeyer was $250 but what a fence,it literary changed my pos saw in to a great saw.

-- Ken from Ontario

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jimig11

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#8 posted 479 days ago

A closer look at the problem.

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casual1carpenter

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#9 posted 479 days ago

Are the bolts special, perhaps longer bolts could be used along with some dimensionally stable material to fill the (6”) gap. Is there a chance to use additional bolts? Depending on how much weight you ask that “table extension” to carry there might be some stretching or deflection with four bolts over that length of run.

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runswithscissors

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#10 posted 479 days ago

If the fence is aluminum, you don’t need to hacksaw it. Your chopsaw with a woodcutting blade will work fine. Squirt WD40 on the blade before cutting, which will help keep the al from sticking to the teeth. Won’t hurt your blade at all. Just cut slowly, and be sure the blade is up to speed before engaging in the metal.

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EEngineer

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#11 posted 479 days ago

Ahhh, I see your problem. This fence is designed for a 27” deep table. Yours is 20-21”?? So you want to shorten the fence, not the guide rails.

As far as the fence goes, I believe the main body of the fence is a standard extrusion. If it is that easily replaced, I wouldn’t feel bad about shortening the fence!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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knotscott

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#12 posted 478 days ago

How about adding an extension to the back of the saw, and mount the rear rail to that?

Here’s an example that actually extends the front and the back:

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jimig11

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#13 posted 478 days ago

F* I sold my chop saw last week. As far as making an extension goes, that would be my 1st choice, I just do not have the means to achieve that. That is, I am a total amateur and do not know how to go about it. My thoughts get stuck again on how do I mount the rail with those dang t bolts?
Also, extrusion is easy to get? If so, where can i get it? I would rather just buy the right length piece of extrusion and just move parts across, keeping original fence utilizable down the road.

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Craftsman70

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#14 posted 478 days ago

Can you post a pic of the back of the fence, including the threaded rod? Im wondering if there is a chance you can move the end piece that tighten on the rail without cutting the fence. Maybe it could move in 6 inches and just keep moving down the threaded rod.

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jimig11

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#15 posted 478 days ago

No go on that, theres a solid plate on the end cap for the tension rod nut.

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