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Toddmc

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1897 days ago

I bought a Steel City 1 3/4HP table saw off a guy from craigslist, but the saw did not come with the rail system. I have the fence but no rail. Has anyone bought an aftermarket fence for thier saw and perhaps has the rail system sitting around in there shop collecting dust. I talked with the Steel city tech support about getting rail and they sell them but I thought I would ask here first. The rail system is genaric for all thier saw so the model they come from does not matter. Please let me know, thanks!


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1897 days ago

If it’s just the rail your missing – you can also just get the angle iron from a metal shop… might be cheaper- worth checking.

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Tim Dahn

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#2 posted 1897 days ago

As PurpLev said you can get something local, I made new rails for my Ridgid (looks like a Steel city product) table saw it was pretty easy.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Toddmc

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#3 posted 1897 days ago

Steel city also suggested haveing my own machined, If all I am missing are the rails I will look into it. How much did it cost for the rail from a machine shop/ how did you go about getting it done. The ones from steel city run $150 for the 30” and $200 for the 50”. Does anyone know if the ridgid rails would work on a steel city saw?

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Toddmc

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#4 posted 1897 days ago

Steel city also suggested having my own machined, If all I am missing are the rails I will look into it. How much did it cost for the rail from a machine shop/ how did you go about getting it done. The ones from steel city run $150 for the 30” and $200 for the 50”. Does anyone know if the ridgid rails would work on a steel city saw?

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Tim Dahn

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#5 posted 1897 days ago

Front rail 2” square tube 72” long, Front rail support 2/12” angle 54” long, Rear rail 1/2” angle 72” long,
1 can of primer 1 can of grey spray paint less than $50 and a couple of evenings to paint drill and tap holes.
This setup gives me a 44” cut to the right of the blade about 20” to left, although I don’t think I will ever cut to left.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 1897 days ago

mind you though – Tim’s rails are designed for the T-Square fence, not the industrial-fence that is marketed with MOST steelcity saws (except for the 35920) which is larger and uses different size tube (more like the Bies.) I would recommend contacting SC and asking them for the specs regarding measurements – especially if they also recommended you machine them on your own (what kind of CS is that?!?)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Toddmc

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#7 posted 1897 days ago

to clarify: they said that some customers have they rails machined and they they have worked with those customers to give them the specs to allow them to do this and that it MIGHT be cheaper but could not say for sure. as far as the angle iron and square tubing go I have a HUGE pile of various pieces of scrap metal, but I am concerned about the accuracy of doing this.

I have never owned a higher end saw/fence (current one is a $150 craftsmen that is 4 years old) and I am confused what the fence actually rides on. Does it ride on the square tubing which is attached to the angle iron? and what holds the fence in place (I would imagin it is friction provided by a rubber stop attached to the handle that contacts the square tubing when the level is pushed doen, but not sure what hold it in place on the back end). I ask this because I am wondering about the measurments. Do they need to be EXACT or is a little slop OK since the fence accounts for this by travel of the rubber boot?

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 1897 days ago

been there done that … I know what you mean.

assuming you have the industrial fence from SC here goes:

the fence rides on the front (infeed) rectangle TUBE. it saddles onto it – so it needs to be the manufacturers size – SC can tell you what tube to get. and it should be as long as you want your fence travel to be+ half the width of the fence base+-. when you push down on the handle of the fence, it’ll clamp the tube between the front and back of the fence base.

the tube mounts on the front rail with bolts. about every 6” I believe to keep it ridgid and in place. that front rail mounts to the table and extension wings using bolts (table and wings have preset mounting threaded holes for that) this keeps the angle iron fixed, and ridgid.

the back rail just gives the fence a chance to ride on it (using a UHMW bolt) for smoother motion across the table but other than that has no function. it is also mounted to the table+extension wings with bolts which keeps it ridgid and fixed. if you were to add an extension table on the right side of the table – the front and rear rails can be bolted to it for extra support.

angle irons and tube should be as straight as you can get them to be.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Tim Dahn

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#9 posted 1896 days ago

It would be interesting to see a picture of what you have, a model # of the saw would be good also.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Toddmc

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#10 posted 1896 days ago

I am going to go pickup the saw on the weekend of the 22nd. I am definatly going to get it even if it does not have rail. I do not have any problem attempting to construct some. I am also excited to see what it has with it. I have not owned a “real” tablesaw before so I cannot wait to see it operate. I do not know the model # but I do know that for Steel City table saw the fence system is the same for all of them.

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PurpLev

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#11 posted 1896 days ago

almost all of them…. the 35920 is the exception – it has the same fence as the Ridgid Granite saw (it’s the same saw).

Good luck, and enjoy the new toy when it arrives. keep us posted how it works out.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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