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  • Look at the Zero Clearance Insert

    In a HD today and saw partically assembled 3612, with the zero clearance insert sitting right there. Measures 3 3/4" x 14"---which, happily will fit my old Craftsman---however, I'm confused by the thickness. It measures 3/16", yet the standard insert on the 3612 measures 1/8". What gives?
    Dave

  • #2
    Dave,
    what was the new insert made of???
    Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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    • #3
      Big Johnson---was a plastic composite of some sort---orangie-red color they've used before. It had a spring tab catch, keyway screw hole (for the phillips at the front of the insert). On the bottom, it was cast so that where the blade normally sits, is flat and is recessed, and the rest has ridged area for support.
      Dave

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      • #4
        MLCSwoodworking.com has zero inserts for craftsman saws for $13.50 with free shipping. I have ordered one and will give report once recieved and used.
        Reggie
        Reggie

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        • #5
          Dave,
          Thanks for the info... I will keep my eyes open for one... Hope they are made available soon for a good price... I like the fact they have the spring clip and slot...

          If anyone finds them, please let us know... I am 120 miles from a HD... So I only get to look once every month or two...
          Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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          • #6
            I have been out-of-town for a couple of weeks so may have missed this info, but will it fit the 2424?
            Every project I start is a gamble.

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            • #7
              OR---check the measurements I posted---think you'll find it fits---in fact, the stock insert for the 3612 doesn't look a darned bit different than the 2424.

              However!!!! have yet to hear anyone explain why the insert blank is 1/16" thicker than the standard insert---how the heck does it fit down on the table---any ideas or am I missing something totally obvious---and will end up feeling stupid
              Dave

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              • #8
                Just a thought Dave,
                My set screws on my stock insert are screwed out at least 1/16" of an inch. Maybe Ridgid was trying to make up some of the thickness with the new plate... I know I turned the screws quite a few times before I finally got the metal OEM plate level...

                Maybe Jake can answer...
                Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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                • #9
                  Big' Told you I'd end up feeling stupid . Was switching blades this afternoon and took a close look at the insert---sure enough---the leveling screws seem to average 1/16"--- Oh well! So, it looks like, with the zero clearance insert---if you have any irregularities---you just shave the edge a bit. Looks like it will work well.
                  Dave

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                  • #10
                    Though I haven't measured it, there may be a slight difference in thickness between the zero clearence and the steel inserts. This really shouldn't matter since the set screws are what hold the insert up.

                    Jake

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