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JustJoe

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491 days ago

I was flipping through a few old magazines last night and saw one from 5 years ago that had a picture of this attachment you add to the side of your tablesaw to make it a silder. I’d never heard of it before but when I googled it this morning I found that Jessem still sells it and just like the ad in the old magazine, their website seems to show it sitting on my exact make/model of tablesaw.

http://www.jessem.com/MAST-R-SLIDE.html

Has anyone used this? If so, what’s your opinion? And what’s the price? I didn’t see one on their website and I clicked 6 times through the whole “where to buy it from” process and didn’t see a price – which probably means it’s up in the obscenely high level but still I’d be interested in knowing.

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Joe

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Loren

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#1 posted 491 days ago

It was off the market for quite awhile… I thought they
started making them again, but maybe not.

I had one for awhile. It works well and the quality is
there. The thing is cantilevered off the side of the
saw though, so somebody sits on it or something
like that and it would probably get bent.

Grizzly and Laguna have something similar but a little
bigger and with legs.

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#2 posted 491 days ago

a few years ago Jessem tried making their products in China. The quality fell through the floor (what a surprise!). They moved manufacture back to Canada, but as far as I know, they never started making the master-slide for table saws as again. The folks at my local Rockler have an old one set up in their down-stairs shop. They tell me its accurate, but in addition to the limitations mentioned by Loren, they tell me it has no positive stop for ninety degrees. You have fidget to get it back to a right angle cut every time after you make a miter, so its a real pain in the A.

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#3 posted 491 days ago

It doesn’t interfere with using a miter gauge. I never used
it for anything but squaring panels. The fence and stop system
is really nice.

I concur that it does lack a good 90 degree stop but since
I never changed the angle it wasn’t an issue. I would buy
the fence again. It telescopes to 48” and is very solid.

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JustJoe

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#4 posted 491 days ago

Thanks for the responses/info guys. I’m surprised it’s still on their website if they’re not selling it. Loren do you remember ballpark $ what you paid for it originally? I wouldn’t be worrying about anyone sitting on it – I’m too short and I don’t get many visitors. Of coruse if they are now unobtainable collectible items the value will soar through the roof. :)

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#5 posted 491 days ago

I paid about $420 from Woodworkers supply in Albuquerque in ~2004. It is a high quality product. It was easy to setup and is still very accurate, no play in the sliding mechanism. I’ve never had the need to build a crosscut sled.

I was unaware that it was/is being manufactured in China. If I remember correctly, they were proud to label the box and manual with “Made in the USA.”

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 491 days ago

I have seen them used on ebay and bidding is enthusiastic
up to a point, but not fetching collector prices. It’s not
like it is a fine hand plane.

I probably paid about what Nicky did. It was a new design
at the time… I think they only had them on the market
for 2 or 3 years.

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