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555982 - PRO FNC SYS RETRO510

Mark V Model 510 to Mark V 520 Upgrade


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Name: John Maida
Location: Trenton, NJ
Submitted on: 2017-12-29
Rating: 5 out of 5
Solid! The upgrade is well worth it! The new fence is very beefy and strong. It slides easily and is intensely accurate. it will not more like the older one did sometimes, it has 2 locks. The instructions are good, but the enclosed DVD makes it so easy that I didn't need the instruction manual. I completed the upgrade in no time. My only regret is that I didn't purchase this sooner! I definitely recommend this.
Name: DFletch
Location: North Carolina
Submitted on: 2015-04-04
Rating: 4 out of 5
Wow - what an upgrade! I recently moved up from a used 1982 vintage Mark V I bought 8 years ago to a 1996 Mark V with the 510 fence system. I was pretty impressed with the larger table and the fence on the 510 system compared to the old Mark V. Even so, I kept my old Ryobi table saw as its fence system was superior and easier to use with a nice rip scale. The 520 Pro Fence upgrade made a difference like night and day, and now my Ryobi table saw is history! The installation of the 520 fence rail system was very easy and straightforward. While the printed instructions were a little difficult to follow, the video was good - although it didn't quite match my 510 system either. But the video overview provided sufficient info to do the upgrade without even referencing the printed instructions. The alignment gauge made the proper setup easy. The fence itself just drops right on the rails. Squaring it up with the table was exceptionally easy and the action is smooth and consistent. The fence itself is a huge and solid (I think it would support Mt. Everest) with t-slots everywhere. The two locking levers are a little clunky, but the fence locks on the rails solidly with no play or movement. The rip-scales that come with the upgrade are just what the upgrade needs to put it a step above. I wish I'd upgraded sooner!
Name: David Shipp
Location: Hendersonville,nc
Submitted on: 2011-12-30
Rating: 4 out of 5
Considerable better then the round rod system. Much more stable and easier to square and align. Much easier to remove or install the fence, also. Be careful not to drop the rip fence on the cast handles as they break easily. I also purchased the kit to add feather boards to the top for downward pressure and I would recommend those to go along with the new fence for cutting thin parts. Handle configuration can cause pain in the hands, could be improved easily with thought.

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