Help!! Jointer fence doesn't like me

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Forum topic by MarktheWoodButcher posted 05-17-2013 06:37 PM 1407 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2013 06:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

Just finished assembling my new Griz 0490X. I can’t get the fence to work correctly. Or I don’t know how the fence is supposed to work.
When first put together the fence would drag across the out feed table. Nasty scratch. I loosened the allen bolts and re-set it maybe a 64th higher and when the fence is set at 90 deg. it’s OK. But anytime I loosen the fence clamp or slide clamp it no longer goes back to 90 deg. When I try to set it for a 45 deg. cut the whole fence assembly articulates on three axis and it’s dropping on the out feed table and quick, repeatable, accurate set up is beyond me.

Am I missing something? Am I expecting more than this machine will do?

-- Knowledge Is Responsibility

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 07:00 PM

I dont think you are missing anything… I always use a drafting triangle when i move it (but 99% of the time it stays at 90). Just tingthen everything up slowly if you want perfect and a light tap with scrap for fine tuning.

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 07:54 PM

you will have to always check the angle on the jointer fence if you move it if you have the spiral head just set it for max cut and never move it I have the 490 and rarely move the fence but it has alot of adjustments you should be able to get it off the tble but I don’t worry cause I never hardly move mine

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 08:07 PM

I recently purchased a Grizzly jointer too, though not the exact same model as yours. Just like you, I tried to keep the fence “suspended” over the outfeed table without touching.

As you’ve discovered, each time you adjust the fence, it drops down onto the outfeed table, causing it to become misaligned.

I called tech support and they told me this fence is designed to rest on the outfeed table.

So, I took the fence off and sanded the small tab that contacts the table until it was quite smooth. I still have a rub mark on the table but no scratches.


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#4 posted 05-17-2013 08:43 PM

Boy, that is weird. Jet and Powermatic use plastic tabs set into the fence so it glides on the jointer tables.
Could you use some glide tape (UHMW plastic coated tape) on the underside of the fence?

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 09:17 PM

I am absorbing your input. If it takes a while for it to compute, well, call it a Senior moment.

-- Knowledge Is Responsibility

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