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Old 04-09-2018, 09:38 AM
Absinthe Absinthe is offline
 
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Default Don't get crazy with the allen key

When connecting two pieces of track to extend them, don't get crazy tightening the set-screws or they will dimple the top of the track. Doesn't seem to be so bad that it affects the path of my saw, but I thought I might share in case anyone else decided to try it.
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Old 04-09-2018, 12:29 PM
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Tighten screws isn't really accurate, it's more like snug them. You'll always dimple the track.
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Old 04-09-2018, 12:50 PM
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The Makita has a good solution to that. Two metal bars that push away from each other for a friction fit. The bolt tightens into the other steel bar and there is even pressure distribution against the soft aluminum of the track.

I dunno how much clearance there is behind the connector extrusion, but maybe you could slip a 1/8 steel bar behind it for the same effect, then tighten down.
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Old 04-09-2018, 01:16 PM
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Just knowing not to crank on it might be enough. I was cranking to tap the 8 holes and was just in cranking mode I can loosen them and give the dimples a tap with a brass mallet if they end up bothering me too much.
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Old 04-10-2018, 11:20 AM
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In Dino's older videos he seemed to repeat that mantra a lot. It is burned into my brain.

I try to only use the longer part of my simple hex key wrench so I don't get too much torque on it.

That has led me to wonder what happens to the guide rails if you drop them on their corner. I would think it would cause quite a bit of damage. It is just aluminum, of course.
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Old 04-10-2018, 11:57 AM
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I would suggest that you don't drop them on their corners
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Old 04-10-2018, 01:40 PM
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Just takes a file to clean it up...
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Old 04-10-2018, 01:43 PM
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Maybe dimple is the wrong word. It raises a lump on top of the track where the saw rides. If I were to file that down I would eventually have a hole. No?
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