Table saw track for a sled? should I grind the tabs?

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Forum topic by chetrog posted 08-24-2014 02:17 AM 1669 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2014 02:17 AM

I just got my first table and it is awesome. The only issue I have is that I am going to make a small crosscut sled. The problem I have is that the tracks that come on my table saw have a little tabs on the rail so that the angle thingy “not sure what its called” wont fall when you are pressing the “angle thingy”. I could get out the dremal and cut the tabs. Just don’t know if that is the best way to deal with my situation. I need to add wooden rails for a sled. Hope anyone know what im saying. I will take a picture .

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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#1 posted 08-24-2014 02:27 AM

Not sure of the purpose for the tabs, but they would be gone by now if it was my saw!

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#2 posted 08-24-2014 02:36 AM

I have never seen those little ”Thingys” on a saw. Don’t know why anyone would used them unless it is to keep you from using a better miter gauge (little angle thingy) on their saw. That would be reason enough to not have that saw. The top appears to be cast iron. This is normal. They will cut easily. I would remove those but first I would make sure the groove is a standard width and depth.

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 02:55 AM

Lower end portable saws with aluminum tops use those tabs as the “t-channel” I tried to file them off on my old Skil but be warned that it may effect the use of the factory miter gauge.

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 03:27 AM

Thanks for the info guys. Tomorrow I will be cutting them off.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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#5 posted 08-24-2014 02:10 PM

I cut mine off and never looked back.

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#6 posted 08-24-2014 06:00 PM

Looks like a similar saw to what I had. If you want to use anything other than the crappy miter gauge that came with the saw, then you need to remove the tabs.. pretty simple with a dremel type tool and a grinding bit:

Like you, I needed to build a couple of sleds and those tabs made things much more complicated than needed. I also added a router table insert that sat between the rails for the extension wing:

Those changes along with adding a moble base made the saw much more functional.


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