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    helllllllp!!!!

    tonight the steel rod that sets up the clamping of the rip fence of my porter cable 8312 table saw snapped for the third time. i've been looking all over the place for a replacement rip fence, but with no luck. any ideas out there? trust me, when that thing shears like that, it does it with a bang.
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    Not sure what your budget might be for a replacement, but I sure have been happy with the Incra fence I put on my Ridgid TS.
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    start over, SAW
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    You say 3-rd time?

    There is a problem.

    Are you maybe over tightening?

    I wonder about the mechanical design. I sure would like to take it all apart and maybe redesign it with better materials. It is probably cold rolled steel. Some stronger steel is most likely a good choice as well as a larger diameter rod.

    I would contact Porter Cable engineering and explain the problem to them.

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    Are you sure about the model number. I can't find anything on a PC 8312(?). I would like to see the saw so that I might recommend a solution.
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    sorry, kind of cross eyed when i tapped that one in glenn. it is really a 3812. i've had it for about 12-14 years now, and still runs good. i just want to replace the fence. this is the saw, didn't get the stand though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Are you sure about the model number. I can't find anything on a PC 8312(?). I would like to see the saw so that I might recommend a solution.
    3812 maybe? If that's it, eReplacement Parts says the rod is obsolete, and unavailable, so a home built version will be needed.
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    that's why i figured that replacement of the whole thing would be best, as almost all parts are obsolete. last time i picked one up (about 3-4 years ago) he said he had 2 more left, and wouldn't be getting any more.
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    If the fence works, then I like Leo's approach. Take it apart and replace the rod with something more sturdy. Any metal fabricator/machine shop should be able to pop one of those out in less than an hour @ $60/hour.

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    If your budget allows, you can't go wrong with an Incra fence, as Vaughn mentioned.
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