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06-08-2013 03:10 PM

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I just bought the Vega Pro40 and am installing it on my 113 craftsman flex drive saw. I cant get the rear rail mounted because the blade guard rod is in the way. How should i get around this? thanks


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#1 posted 06-08-2013 03:18 PM

Notch the rail to fit around it?

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#2 posted 06-08-2013 03:20 PM

i would drill a hole in the back rail (slightly over size)
and hacksaw down to it both sides of the hole
so you can place it and move to suit

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-08-2013 03:30 PM

That’s what I was thinking. Glad we’re on the same page

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#4 posted 06-08-2013 03:50 PM

I had that problem with my old Craftsman saw. Since the saw had been passed down to me after dad passed away, I had no idea what it was. Plus it was rusted and I couldn’t remove it. So I cut it off and installed the fence rail. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 06-08-2013 04:18 PM

Ahhh, now I see what you’re talking about. Sounds like patron has the right idea. Do you use your blade guard? I got rid of mine and going to install a splitter in my insert. Eventually I’ll get some overhead dust collection but I don’t think that’s happening anytime soon :-)

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#6 posted 06-08-2013 05:46 PM

contact the folks at vega for suggestions. notching the rear rail could weaken the rail and potentially cause alignment issues when locking down the fence. you may have to eliminate the blade guard bracket, but i’d check with the manufacturer for any suggestions they have to avoid such a permanent saw modification.

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

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#7 posted 06-08-2013 05:48 PM

All the rear rail does is provide a place for the nylon support under the fence to ride on. Not much actual weight being pressed down onto it. The main tube in front does all the clamping and alignment duties.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 06-08-2013 08:09 PM

I sawed mine off flush with the back of the saw, I threw the blade guard away after the first time I needed to remove it to make a cut. Those old blade guards were pretty useless in my experience. Do you actually use the blade guard?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 06-08-2013 10:28 PM

When installing a Vega Utility 40 on my C’man 113, I ran into clearance issues with the blade gaurd support bracket. The issue surfaced when I installed the blade guard/splitter and could not angle the blade to a full 45 degrees. I called Vega and they said to just cut a notch in the rear square tube to provide the clearance needed. As MT_Stringer said, the rear rail provides a surface for the nylon support to ride on, however there is also a metal tab (on the underside of the fence) that prevents the rear of the fence from raising up when pressure is put on the front tube clamping arm.

So short story long, according to Vega, just hack away at the rear tube!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 06-09-2013 12:07 AM

i cut a notch in the rail and i was able to get it bolted on. and everything works great. does anyone have pictures of the rail with the z clip installed so the back of the fence doesn’t lift?

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#11 posted 06-10-2013 02:54 AM

it’s on and i’m in business. Loving it already. Thanks fro the help everyone!

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#12 posted 06-10-2013 03:06 AM

Yup, your gonna love your new fence. I know I love my Vega Utility 40!!!

Glad you got the install all figured out!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 06-10-2013 03:07 AM

:-)

-- Dave K.

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#14 posted 06-10-2013 12:51 PM

all i have to do now it lover the jack screws. The fence is sitting a little over 1/8” above the table. Just a bit of tweaking to get this perfect :-)

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#15 posted 06-10-2013 07:37 PM

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