“fixing lever has some play”
On my saw, when I tighten the knob that locks down the fence, the fence twists a bit. So, one cannot position the fence and then tighten down. What I discovered, though, is that there is a Goldilocks point of tightness at which twist is done, but one can still tap the fence and achieve small adjustments, then finish tightening. This twist, by the way, affects the squareness of the fence to the edge of the table, so it must be taken into account when fettling the saw.
Is there any chance this would work with your problematic fence? So, position the fence. Tighten to the Goldilocks point. Tap in the final adjustment, and lock down fully.
If this ever ends up not being an adequate solution, what I may try doing is attaching a pair of “switchable” magnets to the fence. These are permanent magnets with knob that can be turned to turn them on / off. (It isn’t an electromagnet. It is a clever arrangement of permanent magnets that, when rotated, sort of cancel or enhance the fields of the individual elements). So, the idea here is that the fence could be fettled to slide while staying square, but then locked down in place via the magnets. Search for MagFence MagJig for an example of the magnets. I’ve not tried this yet, so cannot say if it works on a bandsaw.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by Ed.