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Changing Blades with a Laguna Tools Drift Master Fence #1: Changing Blades with a Laguna Tools Drift Master Fence

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Blog entry by woodywoodworker posted 01-29-2010 04:58 AM 1765 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After many years of seeing this fence on the Lagunatools website I finally bit the bullet and bought it. When it first came out I spoke with one of the sales guys about it and I was going to have to drill my table to mount it so I held off. About a year later they finally came out with the universal mounting brackets for the fence so I could bolt it right on to my machine and that is exactly what I did.

After cutting down alot of curly maple with my resaw king blade it became dull and it was time for a blade change and to send my carbide blade in for resharpening. I shut the machine down and went to open my doors when it was suddenly yanked out of my hand. I stood back for a second and looked at the machine and said ”#$%^ am I going to have to take this fence off everytime I want to change the blade!” and then mission began. How do I get it off?.......easily!

Varnish is dry, and I dont see a way to save my draft so I will finish this up and add it to my series “Laguna Tools Drift Master Fence” but you will be surprised to the outcome, I have found two ways to easily change the blade. If you have found ways to do this please leave comments. One method I am sure you have heard but the other….. Suscribe to my blog and find out.

-- "All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved" -Sun Tzu



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 05:18 AM

Sounds like you are a representative of Laguna tools and are just here to push their product.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 06:21 AM

I’m still trying to understand what was yanked out of your hand? the doors? the blade? the driftm@ster?

looking forward for some tricks on how to get the blade out without too much fuss.

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

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woodywoodworker

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 06:42 AM

The doors on my band saw are attached so I always grab the top door when I open it, the bottom door hit the fence and yanked the door out of my hands.

-- "All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved" -Sun Tzu

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 07:32 AM

I have one ,You have to tilt the table to get the blade Off. Some more great Laguna engineering NOT.
I wish I’d bought a Grizzly and saved the money

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Hallmark

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 10:49 AM

I second that Jiim and I can’t say enough …. things about my resaw king blade.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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bigike

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 03:13 PM

can anyone answer my question as to if this fence driftmaster will fit a rikon bandsaw?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Canadian Woodworks

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#7 posted 01-29-2010 04:15 PM

I attached this fence to a mm20 as long as you put the spinning handle on the right side it opes no problem, I just got the fence a few days ago so not to much cutting yet.

It does add a nice stable surface in front of the band saw table, and the fence is long both things I like so far.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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woodywoodworker

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#8 posted 01-29-2010 07:01 PM

If you have holes in the lip of the table you can mount it to your Rikon or any other machine, Just make sure the fence mounting studs will not straddle your blade slot. If it will stradle your blade slot you may need to drill another hole to the left of your blade slot so you can still change blades with the fence mounted.

-- "All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved" -Sun Tzu

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 01-29-2010 07:30 PM

I have a Laguna saw and you don’t have a choice how you mount the Driftmaster. you would think they would engineer it to fit with ease on there own saw but it’s not the case,

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Karson

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 09:08 PM

I mounted it to my Tiwan 18” bandsaw, I had to drill new holes because the holes for the original fence weree very small.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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