|Forum topic by DanM||posted 08-01-2009 01:17 AM||1873 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
08-01-2009 01:17 AM
Ordered one of these from Tool King via Amazon & received it yesterday. I am a bit troubled by the function of the locator pins, and thought perhaps someone who has one of these could clarify their operation. With the large pin in the center hole, and the small pin in the “0” hole, there is still quite a bit of slop, at least 1/2 degree, which at the end of the fence (extension NOT extended) equates to about 1/8” of movement. I understand that tightening the handle is what actually lock to gauge’s possition, but I had assumed these pins would truly locate the EXACT angle, with NO play, as the locator device does on my old Osborne EB3. If the pins do not accurately locate the angle, and you have to end up “doing it by eye” by lining up the marks on the number scale like every other miter gauge of this type, what are the pins even there for??? Seems like a lot of extra bits & machining (not to mention $$$) to add a “feature” which seems to do NOTHING. I’m concerned that the pins ARE supposed to exactly lock in the angle, but that mine is defective, and I am very seriously considering returning this thing because of this.
I read a few months back about quality/customer service troubles with Jessem, particularly after they moved production from Canada to the US, but that Jessem had moved BACK to Canada to remedy the situation. My gauge is clearly marked “Made in the USA”. Can anyone tell me if this is pin business as I describe it is the device’s normal behavior? Is it a production problem only effecting the US tools? Am I missing something here?