How to remove slop from back side of Craftsman Exact-i-rip fence?

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Forum topic by 1tacoshort posted 09-23-2018 12:18 AM 2554 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2018 12:18 AM

Hi all,

I inherited a Craftsman table saw with an Exact-i-rip fence:

I really like it except there’s a fair amount of slop in back side of the fence when the fence isn’t locked down. As it stands, for small cuts, I do the following:

  • align the front part of the fence
  • put a combination square in front of the miter slot and adjust the ruler to just touch the fence
  • move the combination square to the rear of the miter slot and gently move the back portion of the fence to just touch the ruler
  • double check front and back
  • lock the fence down

It’s now perfect but that was an annoying amount of work. What’s worse, for larger rips, I need to use a tape measure instead of a combination square and that’s less reliable.

Is there a way to remove the slop from the back part of the fence when the fence isn’t locked down?


-- Wade

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#1 posted 09-27-2018 03:41 PM

I have that fence and do the same song and dance. I haven’t found a great way to adjust that fence to help the back lock in the proper position. If you are doing a lot of the same wide rip, you can build a spacer out of plywood or MDF with a runner near one edge that rides in the miter gauge slot, kind of like a cross cut sled. If you have an Incra miter gauge, you can set and lock it and use it to check the fence all along the miter slot…

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#2 posted 09-27-2018 04:06 PM

You solve this problem with your bank card. is the best fence and will raise your skills a full level.

Take it from someone that has been there.


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#3 posted 09-27-2018 05:47 PM

I have a 2424 Exact-i-Rip. It’s a”T” style so if it’s not locked down the whole thing floats. The fence registers off the inside face of the front “T”. To make sure the back matches the front you need to apply some pressure on the front and force the “T” to register against the front edge of the fence glide rail.

I assume that the actual problem is that you get it set up and the fence jumps when you lock it down. A problem with these fences are that the inside face of the “T” has (had) a couple of pieces of polyethylene tape which eventually falls off/folds/bunches. Get some .01” replacement HDPE or HMWPE tape. Also when you move your fence move the whole fence don’t just drag it by the handle. And of course make sure your glide track is clean front and back.

Oh in case you haven’t, check that the fence is perpendicular to the “T” head. The easiest ways I’ve found is to clamp the Fence vertically then use a Wixey. Zero it on the Fence than set it on the “T” head face. Loosen the bolts and adjust it to 90 degrees.

Or like the man says open your wallet…

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#4 posted 09-29-2018 03:13 AM

I had the same issue with this fence. It was the replacement fence for my original C-Man fence. I used the same method with a large speed square. I wish I had a different one. I now have a Sawstop with the T-Glide, what a difference. Locks in with 1/16” accuracy. Dan

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#5 posted 09-29-2018 04:46 AM

Thanks guys!

-- Wade

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#6 posted 09-30-2018 04:02 PM

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