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Forum topic by Michigander posted 09-21-2014 08:39 PM 2229 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2014 08:39 PM

I have a Steel City Hybrid table saw model 35990. The fence from day 1 has been a problem. When you lower the locking lever the fence cams to the right, leaving the fence angled so it is tighter on the outfeed side causing pieces to bind as they go through the saw. See the picture below. It is out of square by 1/8” compared to the table groove edge. There are no bent pieces and the rails are parallel and perpendicular to the saw blade. The sawblade is parallel with the table groove. My crosscuts are straight but anything I rip can be angled severely. Do you know how to fix this?

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 09:17 PM

I have a few ideas…

1—Make sure the fence is straight and/or the guide tube, but I’m sure you have because this idea is too easy…

EDIT…I just read that you did, sorry…

2—There has to be an adjustment on the guide that’s apparently welded to the fence, Check if there are teflon wear strips or buttons or if there are any bolts to adjust. If there is nothing like this at all I’d lose my mind as to why…

3—If this all checks out and for some crazy reason there are no adjustments or wear tabs anywhere at all…

4—You last free option is to modify the brackets that hold the guide tube to the table…

The tube mount to the left of the blade remove some metal on the bracket at the point it interfaces with the table…

Using a file or a disc/belt sander, remove a little at a time to bring the fence straighter…


Bring it to a point where there is some leeway to use feeler gauges or steel shim stock on the right bracket as needed checking often until its in alignment with the blade …

Its gonna suck but it will solve the problem forever, just remember to mark the shims if it ever needs to be dismantled in the future.

EDIT…Just figured out you can make shims out of soda cans. But when your done don’t leave it ugly, because I’ll see it in my mind for the rest of my life and I will go crazy…lol

I’ve been looking at the photo again and it looks like the fence guide is angle iron…
If it is it may be that the part that actually aligns it is a little tweaked…
If it is or isn’t you could actually make all of your adjustments here with carefull bending using a large adjustable wrench or ballpeen hammer, then small adjustments with a file…

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#2 posted 09-21-2014 10:20 PM

Do you have the manual? The procedure for aligning the fence is in there. If you don’t have it, I believe it is downloadable from the Steel City web site. I have the same saw and I’ve aligned the fence so it is perfectly parallel with the grooves and the blade.

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#3 posted 09-21-2014 10:32 PM

I’m actually laughing my ass off…

A manual is a good idea. Never occurred to me. I’m going to be telling this story for years.

A funny thing is, a friend of mine always has to remind me I have a big disc/belt sander when he sees me shaping steel with a file…

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 11:01 AM

There should be two allen bolts on the inside edge of the t-square that adjust the horizontal alignment.

(pic is compliments of LJ’s MoshupTrail)

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 04:46 PM

Hey Guys, Man do I feel stupid. I was looking at the outfeed side of the fence for possible adjustments and had disregarded those on the infeed side that Who8it posted a picture of above. I also found the bracket on the outfeed rail was loose and that was the reason for most of the recent misalignment. Once I fixed that I had to make slight adjustments to the allen screws in Who8it’s post and I’m back in business. By the way, I didn’t have a manual, but I do now as Steel City Customer Service directed me to their site where it could be found.
All’s well and I thank you for your patience and answers!

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 05:11 PM

I had the same issue recently…
I sort of just lived with it.
I was building a router table extension and I had to remove the fence and the square tube the fence rests on.
I noticed that one of those nylon set screws was way loose. I tighten it and it works great!
I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that had the same issue.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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