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Clarkswoodworking

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05-04-2018 02:39 PM

Morning
I just picked up a super nice Jet 14”
Bandsaw
We won’t talk about what I paid for it !
Now
It came with a very nice homemade fence system
Then the day I picked up
The machine about a half hour after getting home with it I find an ad on craigslist for a
Jet JRF-14 rip fence $20. Complete with assembly instructions
The guy bought a Kegg fence

Now I am torn between the two
The original is nice but the homemade one is nicer

I am not sure the one to keep?

Scott


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RobHannon

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#1 posted 05-04-2018 02:44 PM

If the homemade one is nicer and it is accurate/durable why change? Unless you want to sell the saw again and think the original will help you get more for it.

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Clarkswoodworking

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#2 posted 05-04-2018 02:47 PM

This is the saw of my dreams
No chance letting it go
Kids will be the ones selling it after I am gone !
Scott

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#3 posted 05-04-2018 02:57 PM

For $20 bucks, how could you go wrong? Get it.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#4 posted 05-04-2018 03:05 PM

Get the fence. If you don’t like it you can always sell.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Clarkswoodworking

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#5 posted 05-04-2018 03:13 PM

Oh
I bought the fence for sure
I picked it up the next morning
Scott

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Clarkswoodworking

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#6 posted 05-04-2018 03:18 PM

Here is a pic of the one on it !
On the face of the rails it has a nice piece of flat metal the carriage rides on and locks down to
Very sturdy and has a blade drift adjustment

Not that I will
Need blade drift adjustment as I will have this machine singing like a charm

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Clarkswoodworking

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#7 posted 05-04-2018 03:29 PM

The jet one

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Clarkswoodworking

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#8 posted 05-04-2018 03:39 PM

Ok cats out of the bag
Yes that is a blue tarp on my floor
My shop is a large bedroom in our house
I am protecting the floor
And yes dust is s problem
Well not for me as much as the wife !
Scott

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BroncoBrian

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#9 posted 05-04-2018 03:40 PM

The custom fence looks great. How do you know it is square to the blade? Do you have to check each time you move it?

Would the Powermatic fence fit your Jet? I would think so. It is excellent!

I don’t imagine the Kreg fence was much of an upgrade. After the fence is square and tight, the saw blade does the work.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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fivecodys

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#10 posted 05-04-2018 04:02 PM

Wow!
Somebody gave that a lot of thought didn’t they?
Keep it and use it. You can always change over to the stock fence later if you need it.
Congratulations on the new saw!

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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Clarkswoodworking

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#11 posted 05-04-2018 04:12 PM

I agree on the Kregg
And yes it stays straight and true
I think I will just keep the homemade one on and see how it goes
If I need to I will switch
If not
Going to EBay that stock one and use the funds for more toys

Scott

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Andybb

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#12 posted 05-04-2018 09:53 PM

Hey, I recognize that yard. Put the tarp back over my joiner!!! :-) Keep both fences. The homemade one is the better and more versatile of the two.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#13 posted 05-04-2018 11:32 PM

I’d also check out the Carter Mag-fence. Very easy to set square to the blade. I also added a 3/8” threaded knob to mine and use it as a micro-adjuster on my table saw. One full turn of the knob moves the fence 1/16”.

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#14 posted 05-07-2018 11:35 PM

I had a Carter Mag-fence and sold it. I had a hell of a time setting it square to the blade.

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#15 posted 05-07-2018 11:45 PM

I had a Carter Mag-fence and sold it. I had a hell of a time setting it square to the blade.
- Jim Dawson

Why would you need it square to the blade? Don’t gotta be exact, just close.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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