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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 05-14-2018 04:23 PM 773 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PatrickIrish

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05-14-2018 04:23 PM

I finally cleaned and added the rail assembly to a used industrial sawstop I got. I noticed the left side of the fence has seen better days. It’s been hit with a dado blade and dinged up.

Sawstop wants $45 for a pair of panels to reface the fence. I do need a few other smaller parts from them so that’s one route.

I then saw some pics of a guy who bought essentially 1”x3” aluminum extrusion and used some oval threaded nuts to attach the panels to the fence. Probably be around $80 in aluminum. My concern is running a beveled piece along the fence and have it slide into the a slot on the new aluminum extrusion. A flat auxiliary fence could be used I guess.

I could also get a piece of 3/4” HDPE plastic locally and use the clean right side of the fence as a template and follow it with a bearing bit on the router table. Probably the cheapest route.


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#1 posted 05-14-2018 04:28 PM

It may not be an aesthetically pleasing solution, but do you anticipate using the right side of the fence much, if at all? If the two faces are identical, you could just swap them. If there’s something I don’t know that makes this a dumb suggestion, please disregard :p

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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PatrickIrish

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#2 posted 05-14-2018 04:36 PM



It may not be an aesthetically pleasing solution, but do you anticipate using the right side of the fence much, if at all? If the two faces are identical, you could just swap them. If there s something I don t know that makes this a dumb suggestion, please disregard :p

- Dustin

My initial thought it that can’t work because there are scree holes on the back aide of each panel BUT if just rotate 180 so the front of the right side is not facing the back, that should work. I’ll check that out after work today.

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#3 posted 05-14-2018 04:42 PM

I think the HDPE would be one way to go, but I’d probably pass on the aluminum. If you happen to hit the blade (like the PO did with the OEM fence, you’d likely be out a cartridge and maybe a saw blade.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 05-14-2018 04:58 PM

Stay away from metal on the fence. I just barely touched the blade with an aluminum taper jig. and bought a new cartridge and blade. I pulled the blade out of the cartridge and found a hairline crack on one of the carbide welds took a magnifying glass to see it. Keep metal away from that blade.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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bonesbr549

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#5 posted 05-14-2018 05:52 PM

I have the ICS and if my fence needs to be replaced I’d go with this!

https://vsctools.com/

Faced with MDF to make it easy servicable .

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#6 posted 05-14-2018 06:51 PM

I had the same thought as Dustin. There is only one part number for the fence face plate and the quantity listed is two. They must be identical. Just swap them.

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#7 posted 05-14-2018 08:15 PM

I’d replace with stock. I have actually been very surprised how reasonable some of their replacement parts are.
1+ no metal add-ons for a Sawstop.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 05-14-2018 11:08 PM

I can verify that the two sides are indeed identical. This is by design. When the left one wears out simply swap sides.

-- SawStop Users' Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sawstopusersgroup/

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