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Forum topic by Rxmpo posted 05-09-2013 05:08 PM 785 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2013 05:08 PM

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Hello all,

I have just purchased a SS PCS which will be here tomorrow. I am very excited since this is a ginormous upgrade from the Delta saw I bought 7 years ago when I was first bitten by the WW bug. The Delta has served me very well, even if way underpowered and a terrible fence. I never was able to measure squareness very well other than using my combination square in the miter slots. I never found this to be incredibly accurate, but has been accurate enough so far.

However, now that I am going to be setting up my new saw in the next week or so, I want to start out on the right foot by setting it up as close to perfect as possible. With that said, what do I need to accurately setup the fence system? I have read all the reviews from people about “the deflection in the fence” but I really don’t know what tool would be the best way to measure and correct this issue.

Thank you!

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#1 posted 05-09-2013 06:43 PM

something as simple as a $10 dial gauge from harbor freight, attached to your miter gauge (with all the slop removed from the miter bar so it fits properly in the miter slot) allows you to dial in the desired level of accuracy. here’s my set up for aligning the blade to the miter slot (pics 1 & 2) and the fence (pics 3 & 4), to the same miter slot.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 05-09-2013 07:13 PM

I have a 3 hp PCS SS…. all of one week old… I can tell you after assembling it this week and checking the various adjustments, you will not have to do much. The assembly and adjusting instructions are excellent. And all of the possible adjustments (blade to miter slot, fence to miter slot, “verticalness” of fence etc) were all spot on from the factory and assembly process that you are about to go through.
I don’t have a special gauge to measure distance from the miter slot to the fence. I used a combination square (and a fixed trisquare) and an accurate Incra ruler.
A screw on a block of wood on a runner in your miter slot also allow you to check that the blade (or fence) is parallel to the miter slot. (this is an old trick I learned from FWW)

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#3 posted 05-09-2013 10:09 PM

Toolie, I have the same miter gauge and I will try this. Always a true statement, “A picture is worth a thousand words!” Thank you.

J-glad to know when I get 0.00 on the readings it won’t be because of user error! Thanks.

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