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    Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    When I bought my Grizzly table saw a few years ago, my wife talked me into the G0691 with the 52" rails based on the thought "You never know, you might need it". Well, after a few years now I'm pretty convinced that I really don't need to cut beyond 32" wide and am seriously considering cutting down the rails in order to open up some shop space.

    I know I've read threads here in the past where others have done the same, but I can't find them. My question is, for those that have downsized their rails, have you ended up regretting it at any point? Any project you have come across where ended up wishing you still had the 52" cutting capability? Thanks!

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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    I remember reading a thread somewhere on this topic. The end consensus was it didn't gain that much additional space in the shop. When I started reading it I was thinking that might be a good idea for me, too but in the end, I decided it wouldn't be much gain for me, either.
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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    It's a shame they don't make extensions for tablesaws like they do for lathes. Just add on the extra length when you need it and have more space the rest of the time.



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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Richards View Post
    I remember reading a thread somewhere on this topic. The end consensus was it didn't gain that much additional space in the shop. When I started reading it I was thinking that might be a good idea for me, too but in the end, I decided it wouldn't be much gain for me, either.
    Yeah, at first I thought the same thing, but in my case it will actually open up a lot of space along with a couple other advantages. It will let me tuck my band saw between the table saw and the wall and mount it on a solid fixed base (hoping to eliminate the wobble from it being mobile). It also simplifies my dust collector routing since I'll only need to get piping to one point in the shop since every other machine is going to be mobile.

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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by LB75 View Post
    When I bought my Grizzly table saw a few years ago, my wife talked me into the G0691 with the 52" rails based on the thought "You never know, you might need it". Well, after a few years now I'm pretty convinced that I really don't need to cut beyond 32" wide and am seriously considering cutting down the rails in order to open up some shop space.

    I know I've read threads here in the past where others have done the same, but I can't find them. My question is, for those that have downsized their rails, have you ended up regretting it at any point? Any project you have come across where ended up wishing you still had the 52" cutting capability? Thanks!
    I hate to permanently alter something like that. You never know when circumstances/projects may change. Does Grizzly sell rails for a standard narrow (26"?) tablesaw?.

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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    Random thought here: can you remove the extension table, but leave the rails intact and place the bandsaw between the rails? There are probably 10 reasons why this won't work, but it seems like you may be able to regain that space, make the bandsaw stationary and just move the table saw if you ever need the extra capacity.

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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Scuteri View Post
    Random thought here: can you remove the extension table, but leave the rails intact and place the bandsaw between the rails? There are probably 10 reasons why this won't work, but it seems like you may be able to regain that space, make the bandsaw stationary and just move the table saw if you ever need the extra capacity.

    That's a heck of an idea that I hadn't considered. Will definitely look at that later today to see if it will work.

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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    Another option: find someone with the 32" option and trade them for a few bucks.

    I have a 32" Biesemeyer fence and use a quality miter and track saw for cutting anything wider. It would be simple to weld additional pipe on to make a longer fence, and I've always told myself I'd do it as soon as I needed it. But I haven't yet in 10 years, and couldn't see needing to unless I turned pro.
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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

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    I have a 32" Biesemeyer fence and use a quality miter and track saw for cutting anything wider.
    That's my exact train of thought. If I really needed to cut wider than 32" I would probably go straight to the track saw anyway.

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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    After moving I came real close, bought an aluminum cutting blade and new mobile base and one of the first things I needed was to cut 47.5 inch panels for garage cabinets. Used a crosscut sled and the ts fence and everything came together nice and square and the same length.

    Luckily for me my garage is alot bigger than my old house so I'm keeping the full length.


    Another option I considered was to shorten the rail and then figure out a way to extend my crosscut sled fence.

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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    I made my TS fence system (Biese clone.) I chose to make rails to cut 36" so I could cut end panels for base cabinets, which are 34.5" tall

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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    I have a sawstop 36 rail and fence stowed away. I immediately installed an Incra LS-ts on the saw so never used it. I am not sure if it will fit your saw. You are welcome to it if it will allow you to switch out for 36" rails while preserving your 52 rails.
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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    imho BAD if nothing else use the extra space to mount a router in the table, this way you can use the fence for the router

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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    I've got an Delta tube fence system from a Unisaw with the shorter tubes if that will mount to the Grizz. Let's talk.

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    Re: Shortening my table saw rails: Good or bad idea?

    George...Congrats for having a wife that talked you into buying more tool than needed. She's a keeper for sure.

    I have a Griz 1023 with short rails. If (not sure) the 1023 and 0691 are interchangeable, I'd be up for a swap.

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