Craftsman Table Saw with Exact-I-Rip Fence Question

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Forum topic by jswalters posted 07-16-2014 07:44 PM 7120 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2014 07:44 PM

I have a 20 year old Craftsman table saw with the Exact-I-Rip Fence on it that was given to me. It was never used and still in the box. I put it together and spent a lot of time tuning it up and making sure the blade was parralell to the miter slot. Also put a linked belt on it to stop vibration and upgraded the motor. I really like the saw. It does a great job. My only complaint is the Exact-I-Rip Fence. While I am one to use a measuring tape to make sure the cut is right, I noticed a couple of things with this fence.

1. If it is 10’ or less from the blade then the built in tape measure is accurate. If it is more then 10” then it is off by as much a 1/8”. What is odd is if I put my tape measure along it, they both match up. What causes this?
2. I also notice that when I lock it down that the back end is not aligned with the front so it is cockeyed. Is there any way to adjust this so I don’t have to fight with it?
3. Finally, there is a micro adjustment on it where you press in the knob and turn it to adjust it, however the gear on the knob is about 1/4” below the teeth it is supposed to make contact with and I can not see any way to correct it.

I got a PDF manual on line but it was pretty much usless. I cannot afford to buy an after-market fence at this time so I am stuck with what I have.

Anyone have this fence and if so can advise me on correcting the issues?


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#1 posted 07-16-2014 09:17 PM

See if this is a better manual than what you have, it may be the same. See pages 23 thru 30

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#2 posted 07-17-2014 03:06 PM

I would invest in these if you want your table saw, blade, and fence to all play nice together!

A great investment for ALL you tool setups. Makes even the least expensive table saws cut like a machine costing 4 times as much!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 04:54 PM

I am not familiar with that fence or that name but I have had a little experience with a Craftsman table saw and I think it is like yours. In my case we had an angle iron on the front of the saw. As we moved away from the blade the fence would pull in at the back. the further out we moved the fence the worse it got. That was when I noticed there was noting to support the angle iron out there. Don’t know if Sears designed it that way or not but it wasn’t right. I had a couple of spacers machines to fit between the angle and the table. They were like precision washers (I think they were half inch thick). I put them in there. I think I had to drill a hole for the bolt. Works great now. So I guess I would check to make sure the front fence rail is not bowing when you tighten the lock on the fence.

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#4 posted 07-17-2014 06:24 PM

Hey Grandpa…Thanks for the tip. While the fence does not have an angle iron on the front, it does have a aluminum track that is attached by bolts tha t slide through a channel. So the idea of bowing makes sense. It wouldn’t take a lot of bow to mess up the measurments. I will check this out and add some more bolts if necessary and see if that helps.


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