I've been looking for information about the Paralok table saw fence.
I don't think they are in business anymore but they used to have a
great reputation. I have a need for a fence that keeps parallel but
need to adapt it for non-tablesaw use. The T-square designs won't
work for what I'm doing.
I'm wanting to see what is different about their design, I believe it
used a cable system to keep the fence parallel. So I'm looking for
photos or a scan of their assembly instructions or a parts schematic.
Thanks in advance.
Woodwork magazine had an article for converting a Delta round bar fence to a
parallel arm fence. It used 1/16" steel cable that looped around three
sides in a continuous loop. It used garage door ball bearing wheels to
guide the cable. It was quite simple. Back about issue 15 or so I think.
I have it hear somewhere if you can't find it.
I have one on my Unisaw. I bought it because it stays parallel to the
blade, locked or unlocked, I can place a block of wood between the
fence and blade, push the fence gently against it, lock down, and
proceed to cut new parts of exactly the same width. Before that, I
had a Vega (I think) fence,, but it was far too easy to shift
blade-fence gap when locking down. The Paralok just doesn't budge.
Plus, it clamps both ends down, so there's no flex while cutting.
Disadvantage: To remove it from the table, you have to slide the
cable blocks from the teo ends of the fence, then slide it off the end
of the cable. Most others easily lift off.
I searched, but couldn't find the manual, so here's a few photos:
The cable runs through these notched blocks, one at each end. They
have to be pushed out like this to remove the fence:
This is the block in place, fence unlocked:
Locked. The lever clamps the block against the underside of the rail.
(Same thing happens at both ends of the fence)
A pair of cable pulleys at one corner:
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