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Forum topic by mickeyg197 posted 04-03-2015 01:11 AM 1237 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2015 01:11 AM

Well, maybe not that mad but definitely frustrated as hell. I have a PC bench top jointer. I can’t remember the model number right now and if I go look at it again I will start to look for said kitten. I am not sure that PC makes more than one of these anyway.
Frustration #1- fence alignment. I have followed the instructions in the manual over and over until I started thinking of Einstein’s definition of insanity. The fence will be 90 degrees to the table but when I tighten the screw handle on the fence support it draws the top of the fence backwards. I have messed with the set screw, tried to over square to draw it back into alignment and I keep ending up with the same result. I figured I must be doing something wrong so I call the customer service number. Which brings us to…

Frustration #2- customer service is only open from 8-6. Well that would be great if I could set it up in the office or on the commute home. Texting and driving is illegal but what about jointing and driving???

So I figured I would turn to the wealth of knowledge on this board. Does anyone have this tool(I am sure that they didn’t make one just for me) and know a fix? Or any similar fence issues?

Both I and the baby felines of the world thank you.

-- Mickey Winder Ga

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#1 posted 04-03-2015 02:08 AM

I fixed mine by giving it away to my Father in law. Then I bought a floor model.

-- There is a fine line between eroticism and nausea...

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#2 posted 04-03-2015 11:35 AM

Perhaps there is something happening going on with the surfaces getting clamped which causes them to settle into that wrong position? Some defect that acts like a detent? I don’t know the jointer at all and a quick search didn’t turn up pictures of the mechanism but if friction would cause it to move as you observe then perhaps there is a spot you could put some grease so that the tightening action does not drag the fence so much. Then again, that may be a safety hazard as it would make the fence somewhat more likely to come loose while jointing.

Anyways, best of luck and if nobody can really help you, then perhaps pictures would aid in the process.

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#3 posted 04-03-2015 12:31 PM

I think your fence issue is relatively common. I have run into that with my jointer as well. I always have to overshoot 90 and then tighten, then check to see if I got it. It used to take me a while, now it only takes 20 or 30 seconds.

I would suggest buying a better jointer if possible, but obviously that depends on your situation.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#4 posted 04-03-2015 12:53 PM

This is more of a work-around than a solution: once you have your boards marked for the order you want to glue them up together, make sure that at each glue joint one board has the show-face against the fence and the other has it away from the fence. The error will cancel itself out and you’ll get a good glue joint (provided that tables are set up correctly, of course).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 04-03-2015 02:25 PM

Is there any way to shim out the top of the fence with a couple of thin washers?

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#6 posted 04-03-2015 03:30 PM

The way the locking bolt works if it’s not perfectly 90 deg to the support bracket when tightening it will move the fence. Make sure the locking bolt is pulling straight before tightening. When set to 90 is the fence angle to the surface always becoming more than 90 when tightening?

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#7 posted 04-03-2015 03:44 PM


I put a shim in-between the troubled area so when it draws tight it will not do it again. You might have to try a few different kinds of tapered shim tho.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 04-03-2015 04:00 PM

if it’s pulling to say 110 degrees,then maybe start at 80,then when it’s tightened it should pull it back to 90.or maybe shims under the base/bolts so when tighten it can’t tighten pass the 90 point.which sounds like what it’s doing instead of the bolt stopping where the fence is at 90,it keeps going.

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#9 posted 04-03-2015 05:09 PM

I have one too. It is a good trophy to remind me not to buy small cheap tools. It works ok to flatten one surface, but will not put a 90 degree face on anything. I have thought about trying to make a solid and stationary wooden fence for it.

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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#10 posted 04-03-2015 05:14 PM

Use a square (machine square, couple blocks of square wood, etc..) to clamp the fence in proper position, then tighten the screws.


PS: Once you get it set, leave it alone :)

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#11 posted 04-03-2015 05:18 PM

Is putting on a 90 degree auxiliary fence an option to correct the inadequacy of the factory fence?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#12 posted 04-04-2015 07:18 AM

Mrl Unix said it before I could. Clamp it good and solid with a square (might take some ingenuity) then tighten the fence clamp.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#13 posted 04-04-2015 11:59 AM

Mickey—no easy way to say this. You’re dealing with a cheap piece of equipment, here.

Rather than fuss with it, may I suggest just laying the board down and shoot it with a hand plane?

Its much more accurate and …...........actually fun!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#14 posted 04-04-2015 01:25 PM

I’m sorry to say I agree with those that say this is a low end jointer and it’s going to be hard to joint many boards with it even if you do get the fence problem resolved(if you ever do).Most bench top jointers have way to short of a beds to joint boards longer than 3 feet long, there equivalent to the $99 table saws out there cheap but hardly function as a usable tool .
If you just bought this return it and shop for a floor model jointer almost anyone is better than a bench top jointer.
Sorry to be so blunt, but the truth is the truth.

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#15 posted 04-04-2015 01:39 PM

What Jim said. The fences I have have seen are prone to flexing also. Which defeats the purpose of the machine. It’ll work for smaller pieces as Jim said but that’s about it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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