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04-06-2013 07:05 PM

I have a right tilt Unisaw with a Unifence and occasionally want to use the other side of the fence, I’m thinking of buying another fence face and attaching it on the right side of the fence. I have figure out a way to attach it but was wondering if any of you have done something like this?

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#1 posted 04-06-2013 07:48 PM

Why bother it only takes seconds to swap sides with the fence to use it on the other side of the blade?

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#2 posted 04-06-2013 07:52 PM

It takes a little longer than that, on mine at least, I would have to move the shims that keep it square with the table. Both sides take different shims, I would rather set it up once and leave it.

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#3 posted 04-06-2013 08:00 PM

You lost me mine has allen head screws that adjust against to fence rail to square the fence with the blade I use no shims and it cuts the same on either side of the blade I have not had to adjust the fence since I bought the saw over 20 years ago . 30 seconds tops to swap sides as long as I don’t drop a wing nut in the sawdust.

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#4 posted 04-06-2013 08:16 PM

Mine has that too but the fence itself has no adjustment to adjust the angle of the face to the table, I had to shim mine in order to keep what ever I’m cutting perpendicular to the blade, before I shimed it I would have to angle the blade to match the angle of the fence face, its not horrible but if i ripped a piece to tall for the blade and flipped it over the two cuts wouldnt line up, once i shimmed the fence it works perfect. Put a square against the fence face and the table top, if yours is square you’re lucky, I haven’t seen to many that didn’t need shimming.

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#5 posted 04-06-2013 08:20 PM

This is the angle I’m talking about, these were without the shims.
Sorry the pics are sideways, I need to remember to turn my phone sideways!

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#6 posted 04-06-2013 08:40 PM

Fortunately I do not have that problem as long as the blade is 90 degrees to the table the fence parallel to the blade. I to have used my saw to resaw thick stock it often shows a slight line where the 2 cuts meet but we are talking thousandths of an inch and I chalk most of that up to the way I held the board against the fence. You are missing half of the usefulness of your fence if you must mess around with shims, I am constantly moving my fence ahead and back, as well as changing to the low profile side and using it on the other side of the blade. I would contact Delta even if the fence is old it should not work that way. If they won’t help you I would get a good double cut milling file and rework the surface of the cast iron part of the fence it could be just a burr or some thick paint causing the problem.

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#7 posted 04-06-2013 09:13 PM

Thanks for the info, I have considered having a friend mill the cast aluminum but his mill is about 12 miles away and I can see myself running back and fourth having him take just a little more off. I may try to work it by hand but I can tell some of it is in the actual extruded fence face, I think it has a slight twist but my eyes aren’t that great! Can get a perfect cut with it shimmed as long as I hold it tight to the fence, I recently cut 198 3/16×1.5×48” strips for a rocker I built and they all looked great. I have no complaints for the Unifence other than I can’t use both sides easily, well at least easier than the way I have to do it now. I would really like to switch sides without stopping. I got the fence used years ago so I doubt Delta will help, mine is actually the older version, it has the two small Allen screws for adjusting the fence, I believe the newer models have ones that looks to be about 1” diameter. The model I have is the only type I’ve seen in person. Thanks again!

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#8 posted 04-06-2013 09:23 PM

Airspeed. ALL Unifences have adjusting screws in the main fence casting above the rail, one on each side. I have had both the old and new. You should never have to shim a Unifence unless you mounted the rail to the front of the saw crooked. I agree with checking for burrs also. I’ve had a Unisaw fence on my saw for almost 20 years. then I bought and sold another saw that had a Unifence, now I’m sitting on a used fence and rail deciding what to do with it. In my opinion they are a great fence.

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#9 posted 04-06-2013 09:26 PM

Where? Mine has the adjusters in the front to align the fence to blade. I can’t find any others.

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#10 posted 04-06-2013 09:28 PM

My rail is perfect (as perfect as it can get) so that’s not the problem in this case. Like I said mine is the older version, I can see area in the casting where I could drill and tap for such an adjustment but they’re not there now. I need to look at a newer one and see what they used for pads, I may just do that! I would still like to be able to switch sides without removing the face. I put wheels where the foot was mounted so the extra weight wouldn’t bug me.

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#11 posted 04-06-2013 09:37 PM

WOW ! You must have got a really old one, now I see that it’s a Rockwell, thats old.. This is an older style that I had, notice the two while nylon adjusting screws ontop ? Yours was never taped out for them.

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#12 posted 04-06-2013 09:43 PM

Sawsuker, hey I’m glad you mentioned it, I never paid enough attention to the newer ones, I would have never noticed how they added those later. It looks like a simple upgrade that I’m going to work on tonight. Could you show me what they used for pads underneath? I am pretty sure the front rail is the same on all of them, I bought a 60” new when I got the fence, it had a really short one when I got it.

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#13 posted 04-06-2013 09:54 PM

There aren’t any pads on this set of adjustments. the end of the Alen head nylon insert just rides ontop of the rail. I’m guessing that they were the same thread size as the front screws.

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#14 posted 04-06-2013 09:58 PM

Thanks for the pic, I may be in luck! I just happen to have some nylon Allen head set screws somewhere, I believe they’re 3/8” which might work out great. If I can find them! Thanks again for the pic!

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#15 posted 04-06-2013 10:02 PM

Take your time, and let me know how it works out for you.

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