Someone wants to sell me a used, left-side DCS. Leon
mentioned this as a good accessory for the Ridgid TS in
a previous exchange.
No picture or elaboration is had as yet but I do have a
couple of questions.
1. Researching the sleds after Leon's recommendation, I read a
comment that individual units only fit certain brands/models of
table saws. Although no clarification was given, my assumption
was this had to do with specifics of the miter slot to blade distance.
If so--or if not--and assuming the offered sled was made for
another make/model of saw, is it possible to make it fit the Ridgid
(or other TS) by some reasonably uninvolved modification?
2. If we have a green light on point 1, what are the points for
physical examination on this used DCS?
A price figure remains to be mentioned, but somehow that
will come up too. All replies are appreciated.
I would not consider buying used unless I was getting the used jig for next
to nothing. The jigs are made to fit specific saws and even then the jig is
tweeked "by you and your saw" to fit your saw specifically, not all of the
same kind of saw. Basically a new sled will be too wide to pass near the
blade with out being cut by the blade. Cutting the sled with the blade is
part of the initial set up. You use the new cut edge as a reference, it is
the edge of the cut. Very handy for measuring from that edge to the stop on
the fence for accurate length cuts. Having said that IIRC you can order or
make new sleds and simply transfer the parts, fence, stop, angle gauge, etc.
I bought both my left and right Dubby jigs at the same time. There are
times that having a jig for both sides is handy, think cutting asymmetrical
moldings on both ends. I got a sizeable discount when I bought both at the
same time. Actually my wife did, she ordered on the phone and mentioned
"show pricing", and they gave her show pricing.
I got my Dubby jigs at Christmas 1999 IIRC. I have never had to recalibrate
(say an inch or so), it is easy to redo. It is possible to glue a strip of
hardwood to the cut edge and then recut the sled to fit your saw. I did
that to one that had been damaged with no problem. Older models had a
wooden fence while I believe the newer models have a metal fence.
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