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Forum topic by mundele posted 06-01-2020 11:27 AM 321 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2020 11:27 AM

In my saga to refurbish a ‘89 Unisaw with a Unifence I have another question/issue. The cursor (clear plastic thing) that shows where on the ruler you are seems off to me. The unifence has 2 positions (lower, higher) and those are shown on the cursor. The cursor has a bevel to it, that matches the upward bevel of the rail where the ruler is stuck on. I had assumed the cursor plastic bevel was meant to turn upward to match the fence curve (and to give access to the adjustment screws from the top but with it attached that way, the two “lines” don’t match up. The “low” position indicator matches up wiht the upright fence and the low position fence zero doesn’t match up with a line at all

Have I gotten a “left tilt” cursor (if there is such a thing) or does it need to be mounted upside down, with that bevel opposite the fence bevel and the screws only accessible from the underside?

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#1 posted 06-01-2020 05:41 PM

I have about the same vintage Unisaw. On mine the bevel does follow the upward bevel of the of the rail. It’s not mounted upside down. The two screws are accessible from the top. The screw holes are slotted so there is some room for horizontal adjustment. I have the original delta t-square fence. Some of the saws came with a biesemeyer fence. Maybe that had a different cursor?

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#2 posted 06-02-2020 04:20 PM

It’s got the pic of the rail laid down and one of teh rail upright, but the pic with the line doesn’t match. it’s as if the fence was made to be used on the left hand side of the blade.

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#3 posted 06-02-2020 04:32 PM

A photo would help to understand the setup.

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#4 posted 06-02-2020 07:44 PM

Sounds (er… looks) like the measuring tape was not installed correctly.

Mine is an early 90’s vintage, which I purchased new. IIRC, I had to install the tape, but I could be mistaken. I’ve slept since then.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#5 posted 06-02-2020 08:37 PM

Post a picture or three. Also, you do have the extruded fence section on the left side of the fence, correct?


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#6 posted 06-03-2020 11:41 AM

Yes the extrusion is on the left.

Here’s the image of the cursor. Note the rail images in red (paper put behind it so you can see it)

note that the “laid down” fence measurement line is further to the left, as it should be since the extrusion is wider when “laid down” on the side, however the tape (and rail itself) is WAY too far to the left for zero on the measuring tape to hit zero on that “upright” cursor line.

I reassembled the saw just as I took it apart when I bought it, but I didn’t bother checking zero on this. I noticed on the rail there were 2 sets of holes. I left the mounting bolts protruding from the ones it was mounted on, perhaps I need to move to that other set to fix this?

Measurement (Tape wasn’t pushed up snug, so it looks off but isn’t)

What the cursor shows

Perhaps I’m just being dense and missing something. As I see it:
1) the cursor is upside down. Unlikely due to how the bevel on it matches the ruler portion
2) I have the wrong cursor (is there a different one for left tilt saws?)
3) the previous owner had it setup wrong (either those wrong bolt holes on the rail or this isn’t the stock “rule” and is installed in the wrong place
4) I’m a moron in some new and inventive way


Post a picture or three. Also, you do have the extruded fence section on the left side of the fence, correct?


- MrUnix

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#7 posted 06-03-2020 12:22 PM

Pics help:
- the cursor is assembled correct.
- the fence position is not same it was previously, which is creating your tape offset. It appears to be ~1.5” to far to left.

two solutions:
- move the fence to same mounting position as the last owner had it
- remove and replace the < $10 stick on measuring tape to reset your zero point.

There is 2in difference between fence up and down. If you fence is up, then tape zero should align with right most mark. If fence is down, then left most mark would align with zero. Just like the red images on cursor.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#8 posted 06-03-2020 02:53 PM

Agree the fence is assembled too far to the left. Or the tape is too far to the left. Here is a photo of mine showing zero on tape in relation to saw table.

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