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Forum topic by Jim McClain posted 10-04-2018 01:52 PM 1033 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim McClain

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10-04-2018 01:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pcb220ts rip fence adjustment

Seems like every time I google a woodworking project or tool problem, LumberJocks is at or near the top of the results. This time, although the site was at the top of the results, I found no answers to my rip fence vertical/tilt alignment problem. And it’s not found in the manual either, so I joined here to ask in person, so to speak.

I’ve had this PCB220TS for over 8 years now and have been relatively happy with it. Most of what I have used it for could be referred to as jobsite type work, just as the saw was intended. I’ve had better portable saws during my 35-year flooring installation career, but I sold all my tools when I had to retire 12 years ago and didn’t have a need for any for several years. The PCB220TS was researched and purchased because of decent reviews and my very limited budget.

As time has gone on, my projects have become more involved. During a recent remodel of my bathroom, I decided to build my own vanity – my first piece of furniture. This kind of project has far less tolerance than, say, the faux ceiling beams in my livingroom, or the refrigerator enclosure in my kitchen, or the wainscotting in my bedroom. I discovered my rip fence leans to one side. It’s only maybe a 32nd of an inch, but that’s way too much for my vanity. It may also be why I had so much trouble getting other things squared up.

This site seems to have quite a few people who own or are familiar with the PCB220TS or the PCB270TS, which looks like the same rip fence. I have found help here with squaring up the fence to the saw blade/miter grooves and I have learned how to fix the dreaded height worm and bevel gears (although I haven’t done that yet). But I found nothing here or anywhere else about the rip fence vertical or tilt adjustment.

He’p a guy out?

-- If you're not livin' on the edge, you're takin' up too much room.


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Jim McClain

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#1 posted 10-06-2018 07:18 AM

Well, I guess the reason why I never found this problem discussed before is because I’m the only member of this forum who ever experienced it. Okay, so I either live with it or save my money for a better table saw. Maybe a Ridgid R4512 is in my future.

-- If you're not livin' on the edge, you're takin' up too much room.

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Lazyman

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#2 posted 10-06-2018 11:50 AM

Most rip fences for larger saws have 2 adjustments screws that adjust the tilt. Looking at the manual, I don’t see any sort of adjustments for this saw. It may be possible to use some UHMW tape to shim one side of the fence guide? If the fence is bent or something and there is no obvious way to fix it, you can buy a new fence on Amazon for $71 (could be cheaper elsewhere). Another option would be attach a sacrificial face to the fence that you shim so that it is perpendicular to the table. You could also make one that fits over the fence so that it rests on the table top. You will need a way to tighten it to the fence so it doesn’t slide. A face addition will make your scale not correct but you can either buy and apply a new scale (Amazon Starrett adhesive scale tape) or simply use a ruler for better accuracy.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 10-06-2018 05:25 PM

Thanks Lazyman.

-- If you're not livin' on the edge, you're takin' up too much room.

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