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Forum topic by mickeyg197 posted 02-08-2015 11:51 PM 606 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2015 11:51 PM

Before I disassemble this aggravating monstrosity I figured I would ask you good people for help. I have been fighting the fence assembly for parts of the last two days. It slides fine to the left to the right, once the right indicator gets to about 9 inches, the fence makes an awful grumbling noise like it just ate six burritos and it gets almost impossible to slide any further.

I have adjusted bolts, wings, etc., but it keeps sticking in the same spot. Tried putting the support bar on and off, and adjusted rails.

I am out of ideas and patience. Anybody have experience and hopefully a fix?

Thanks y’all.

-- Mickey Winder Ga

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 01:31 AM

Sounds to me like there may be a burr in that area take a ball of cotton and slide it along slowly if there is you will be able to feel it without catching a finger.

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 11:53 AM

Is the fence rail level across the entire width of the saw? (as in, is the fence binding on the table at all?). There’s got to be a smoking gun, so look at all the possible contributors…

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#3 posted 02-09-2015 01:57 PM

Yes the fence rails have to be perfect for starters. If its too low your fence will hit the table too high well its too high. Yea I too battled my fence as well even striped out 2 of the four bolts had to go and buy some steel stock drill and atop new square bolts, But its right on now

Welcome to being and owner of the dreaded R4512. Wait till you find out your blade is not parallel with your miter gauge!

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#4 posted 02-09-2015 02:51 PM

Tried the cotton ball- no burr.

I spent a bunch of time checking the alignment of the rails and everything appears to be OK. I also have noticed that the fence will not simply “lift off” of the rails. I have to slide it on from one of the ends. The fence stays the same distance from the table throughout the range that I am able to achieve and when it binds, it does not appear to be any closer.

At this rate I am not going to be an owner much longer.

-- Mickey Winder Ga

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