Tablesaw rip fence alignment help...
Hi Forum, I have a Craftsman model 113.299410 table saw and have never been happy with the rip fence alignment. I have gone through the manual to align the rails, fence, etc. but I still get up to 1/8" misalignment when I engage the locking mechanism. I have also tried overtensioning and undertensioning the locking mechanism with no better results.
I understand that the Biesemeyer fences lock down accurately each and every time. With my stock fence on the Craftsman I go through a ritual before each rip cut measuring the desired cut from fence to blade, then measure from fence over to the far miter slot. I then transfer the fence to miter distance on the front and back of the fence, recheck the blade to fence width and then lock down the fence. If I don't do this and just lock the fence down without setting it parallel with the blade I will get a binding at some point during the cut.
Any experience with this? The aftermarket fences sound great, but, do they really make a big difference?