table saw fence & overarm blade guard options?

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Forum topic by BreeStephany posted 04-13-2013 03:47 PM 1888 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2013 03:47 PM

I am in the process of helping a friend rebuild and retrofit an older Whitney 177 16” tablesaw that they bought with no fence or other accessories. I was wondering what everyone’s opinions / preferences were for a precision table saw fence, preferably with a level lock. I am also looking for an overarm blade guard / dust collector and a good quality outfeed table and table saw extension.

The table top measures 53 1/2” wide by 40” deep. We would prefer to extend the tabletop to at least 96” wide and 72” deep so that one can cut a sheet of plywood by themselves.

We were also wondering if there is an accurate DRO system that can be added to the saw for depth and fence width

The restoration is pretty straight forward, but I haven’t done a lot of research into aftermarket table saw accessories so I figured this would likely be the best place to start.

-- Just a girl with way too many tools.

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#1 posted 04-13-2013 04:38 PM

I’ve got a vega pro40 on my older craftsman (mid-80s). Bolted right up. It replaced my stock fence. I looked around at other models and settled on this one. It’s about the same price as some others, but it’s made in the USA. It has the cam lock which is solid, and has an option to lock down on the rear of the fence as well. I don’t have that piece installed and have never had a problem with it moving. I did build an extension table to the right to accomodate the bar. Not to metion, there is a micro-adjust on it that can’t be beat.

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#2 posted 04-13-2013 04:46 PM

I’ve got a barely used PSI overarm guard and dust collection. I used it about 4 times before I got a new saw.
It works really well and pretty easy to install.

If interested let me know.

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#3 posted 04-13-2013 06:53 PM

I really like heavy saws, took the time to look up the BW177 on the OWWM site.
I looks like a DRO would be pretty easy install for blade height adjustment, as the motor travels straight up and down on dovetail ways.
DRO for the fence, I suppose would depend on the fence.

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#4 posted 04-13-2013 07:00 PM

Accurate Technologies makes a professional grad DRO system
that can fit saw fences and other things. One shop owner
I spoke to said putting this stuff on table saw and chop
saws eliminated a lot of problems in his 4-man shop.

Wixey makes a lower end version.

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