Hammer A3-31 fence rail length?

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Forum topic by petergdenmark posted 12-07-2013 01:51 AM 1228 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2013 01:51 AM

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I’ve been using my new Hammer A3-31 Jointer/planer for a couple of month, and i’m quite happy with it.

One thing though:

The fence rail seems to be to short to support the fence sled when the fence is set all the way to the rigth? So when tightening down the screws for the fence at full width, the fence tilts out of alignment by quite a lot, both regarding squareness to the bed, and along the length.

The rail is 410mm long (16 1/8 inches), and overhangs the bed to the side by 100mm (~4 inches).

Is that right, ‘cause if it is, that is a serious flaw. Those rails are standard in a lot of their maschines, so delivering one that is 4 inches longer as standard should be no problem.

-- I'm from Denmark, but live in Sweden.

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#1 posted 12-07-2013 05:59 AM

I have an older style A3-31 with the butterfly wing tables, and it came with a 450mm rail for the fence support. The rail extends past the bed width by approximately 143mm. The older style model has a completely different fence system however. I have not seen the new A3-31 in person.

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#2 posted 12-07-2013 07:21 AM

I have the same type a3-31 you do, I adjusted the rail the fence rides on slightly to the right some more to support the fence hen it’s farther back, though really I’ve found over the 2 years using it I never needed the fence that far back and to be squared up. When face joining a 12’’ or so board the fence is more to keep you on the bed than to kept things square, and when edge joining the wood I never have the fence that far back just because it is awkward to use.

Adjusting the rail the fence rides on would fix it, but honestly the effort I put into doing that, wasn’t worth it.


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