Problems alligning Align-a-Rip Fence

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10-09-2014 09:17 PM

I have this old craftsman table saw with the align-a-rip fence. It seems to have alot of play left-right, so that even after using the 4 bolts to make parallel the fence, it still can move 1/4” out of parallel.

If i tighten the bolt at the outfeed end of the fence to the point of removing the play, then the fence is so tight that I can’t even make ANY adjustment to its position.

I included a few pictures to show what I mean. Any hints on solving this?...other than “go buy a new biesemeyer Fence”


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#1 posted 10-09-2014 10:36 PM

Best thing I can suggest is if you have the money, go buy a better fence. I just sold my Craftsman today and I had installed a Muel Cab Accufence on it and never had another problem with alignment issues.
There are several available that just bolt right on the Craftsman.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#2 posted 10-09-2014 10:56 PM

Had an align a rip. There is nothing you can do to improve it. I’ve tried.

I bought a $144 saw stop tsa-pfa fence from i think.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 07:25 AM

Any kind of T-square fence is better than a fence that has to grip the far side of the table to be stable.

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 09:02 AM

That is what I did, replace the fence that grips the far side of the table with a T-square fence. Just got tired of checking square every time it was loosened and then still not having it square when it was tightened!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 09:11 PM

I have a Align-a-Rip Fence that I bought used as a low cost upgrade for the terrible fence that came on my craftsman 113 saw.

I did have to fiddle with it to dial it in and get it to glide smoothly and lock tightly but it works pretty well.

One adjustment I had to make to get my fence to work properly was to shim the front and rear rails slightly to make them parallel to each other. Then I adjusted the fence to be parallel with the blade. That may be something you need to do as well.

I can’t imagine how you can move the fence a 1/4” out of parallel if the 4 bolts on the top and bottom are tight? Is that with the handle in the locked down position?

-- Dom

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#6 posted 10-10-2014 09:26 PM

I had an Exact-I-Rip Fence on my Craftsman 113 (Very Similar to the Align-a-rip). I’d agree with Targa, I think you need to level and shim your fence rails so they are parallel. Then square the fence to the blade, lock the fence down and tighten the nut at the out feed side until the fence doesn’t move anymore.

-- Stew

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