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Forum topic by Sark posted 01-23-2022 03:56 PM 1667 views 0 times favorited 45 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sark

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01-23-2022 03:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw hold down rip blade guard jessem

I want a tablesaw hold down that also pulls tight to the fence, and the Jessem gets high reviews.
Question: Anyone using the Jessem? Anyone using this with a blade guard? I have a SS 3HP with the standard blade guard.
Also, other options out there in the same league? Seems to me there use to be more options.


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eddo

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#1 posted 01-23-2022 04:40 PM

I have the Jessem, and I’m very happy with it. The one downside, in my opinion, is that the arms are very much in the way on narrow stock. The solution is a skinny push stick, lower in height than the stock you’re cutting (or it gets caught under the roller). On wider stock it’s not such a big issue.

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mtnwalton

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#2 posted 01-23-2022 04:42 PM

Have used the JessEms for a couple years on my Grizzly and they are a great addition. Always feel a little safer when using them. Don’t use a blade guard so can’t comment on that.

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#3 posted 01-23-2022 04:51 PM

I use mine when ripping boards that are wider than 4”. You have to think thru the push stick and how far out the arms extend. They are really heavy so I take the arms off when not in use and just leave the mounts on the Unifence.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 01-24-2022 12:37 AM

I loved my Jessem holddown. I mounted mine on a piece of 3/4 Plywood with 150lbs mag switches for and aft. I have jigs that I also use on the fence so I needed it removable. It works like a charm.

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#5 posted 01-24-2022 02:48 PM

A good push block will hold the material down. With a riving knife and a featherboard (which I used maybe 6X a year) that’s all you need.

Bottom line: IMO it’s a very expensive gadget that gets in the way of push block or stick with narrower rips.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#6 posted 01-24-2022 03:16 PM



A good push block will hold the material down. With a riving knife and a featherboard (which I used maybe 6X a year) that s all you need.

Bottom line: IMO it s a very expensive gadget that gets in the way of push block or stick with narrower rips.

- Robert


i agree most of the time they would just get in the way,id be putting them on and off constantly.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 01-24-2022 03:25 PM

They are very helpful when ripping wide stock like plywood or glued up panels. Having the rollers hold down the material and toe into the fence slightly comes in handy when I use them. Not cheap, but they serve a very useful purpose.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#8 posted 01-24-2022 03:44 PM

Yes to all o the above, Helpful also when using a dado blade as it keeps the wood flat against the table saw, great hold down with some limitations but it swings up out of the way of MOST work. I probably use it about half the time.

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#9 posted 01-24-2022 06:45 PM

I have wanted to grab a set of them multiple times, but I have a “hi/low” fence on my grizzly hybrid saw, not a bies style. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to attach it.

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Sark

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#10 posted 01-26-2022 07:28 PM

Board Buddies is another option, and I’ve used them in the past, especially for long or wider boards. They are a bit clumsy and get in the way. The Jessems seem a lot more refined, but there is a lot of competition for space around saw blade, especially on narrow cuts. No perfect solution out there

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pottz

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#11 posted 01-26-2022 07:33 PM



Board Buddies is another option, and I’ve used them in the past, especially for long or wider boards. They are a bit clumsy and get in the way. The Jessems seem a lot more refined, but there is a lot of competition for space around saw blade, especially on narrow cuts. No perfect solution out there

- Sark


ive got a set of those,never use em.as you said clumsy and were always in the way.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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EarlS

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#12 posted 01-26-2022 08:42 PM

I had board buddies but they are cast or really poor quality metal. At any rate they both cracked so I didn’t get new ones.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#13 posted 01-28-2022 05:37 AM

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#14 posted 01-28-2022 08:43 AM

Board Buddies is another option, and I’ve used them in the past, especially for long or wider boards. They are a bit clumsy and get in the way. The Jessems seem a lot more refined, but there is a lot of competition for space around saw blade, especially on narrow cuts. No perfect solution out there

- Sark

ive got a set of those,never use em.as you said clumsy and were always in the way.

- pottz


Sorry Sark, but those are the second most useless items I ever had in my workshop… I buried the most useless and never found it again…. I’ve written (canned) them up in my stupid ideas series... In that same write up, I tried to give 10 thumbs up and if I didn’t, here it is,

for the JessEm (both the router and stock guides)... the stock for the TS and the router for the RT, though I’ve used the router one on the TS occasionally using the Kreg track on my fence.

Mine never leave the fence and for that unique instance, I slide them out of the track (which stays on the fence).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 01-28-2022 11:50 AM

I don’t understand the need I f you have a riving knife or good splitter

Am I missing something?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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