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Forum topic by danofpaco posted 02-16-2014 03:16 AM 726 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2014 03:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw fence

Is it normal to have some “slop” in the fence? What I mean is, you loosen the fence, slide it to a spot on the rule using the cursor, and when you tighten the fence it moves slightly so the spot on the cursor has shifted slightly? Thus requiring you to loosen the fence again tap it, and retighten?

I have a T square style fence that came with a sawstop pro. I’ve loosened the tube and adjusted per the manual several times but can’t seem to get this to disappear.

Thanks for any insight.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 03:39 AM

quite normal. you can push the fence and tighten it once you get close, loosen it, hold it tight and slide it a touch.

it’s like a golf swing….hold your head still, stand on one leg, say three hail Mary’s….

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 05:06 AM

Thanks for the reply, Mark. Makes me feel a bit better about it.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 11:51 AM

This really depends on the unique characteristics of your specific fence. I have two table saw setups that are theoretically identical but they do now react the same. On one, when I tighten the fence lock, the fence moves a tiny bit just as you describe. On the other, the fence seems to remain parallel to the blade when I reposition and lock it; it does not relocate itself when the fence lock is secured.

Both work well so long as I realize this slight difference. I do, however, tend to prefer one over the other. Which is not significant for this discussion. I am just saying that all fences (and table saws) are not the same.

What is important, obviously, is that when finally locked in place – the fence is parallel to the blade.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 12:31 PM

It is normal on my Biesemeyer fence.

-- Bill R

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