I've never measured how much higher than the table my slider is, but it is higher. One thing different though, is that my slider doesn't lower with something heavy on it. I throw full sheets of 3/4" MDF on it all the time and it doesn't move.
Also, I don't notice any angle on things I rip using the fence. But then again, I don't rip all that much on my slider. I'm not comfortable with the tiny infeed area. My contractor saw lives with a good quality sharp rip blade on it.
I'm not much help, I know. But I'd be looking into why the slider lowers under a load. That might be a big part of your problem.
I'm sure Sam, or tod, or others will share their words of wisdom. You just might have to wait until tomorrow...at least for tod.
- Marty -
When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there’s no end to what you can’t do…