June 27, 2022

How to adjust the Sawstop fence

Why you might want to adjust a Sawstop fence

You might want to adjust a Sawstop fence for optimal performance, safety, and accurate cuts. It is a necessity that each table saw owner should know how to tune up their saw. It does not matter if the table saw is brand new or second-hand.

New models get pushed and moved around and misaligned during shipping. That can push it out of alignment. A misaligned table saw will not make accurate cuts, and your boards will not be square. That results in burned edges, and the table saw motor should work too hard.

Misalignment is not only inaccurate but unsafe for use. It may give you some random kickbacks and pinched boards. 

How to adjust the Sawstop fence

  1. Unlock and remove the saw fence.
  2. Turn the left parallelism screw clockwise.
  3. Turn the right screw the same amount clockwise.
  4. Place the fence so that the front of the saw fence is glass with the right face of the miter.
  5. Lock the fence.
  6. Feeler gauges measure the offside between the side of the miter slot and the faceplate at the back of the table.
  7. Repeat the adjusting process, till you reach your desired adjustments.

How to align the SawStop fence

  1. Set the fence parallel to the blade to avoid scoring the workpiece. The saw fence has to be locked as you adjust the clamping force. 
  2. Unlock the fence using a 5mm fence key to loosen the two screws that attach the saw fence to the head.
  3. Break the screws loose. That gives you the chance to move the fence to alignment.
  4. Align the fence tube to the miter slot. 
  5. Lock the fence. It has to stay aligned to the miter slot after locking.
  6. Tighten the two screws back.
  7. Check the alignment. 
  8. Adjust again if necessary. Use a straightedge to make sure there is proper alignment.
  9. Place a combination square in the saw’s left miter-gauge slot, resting against the right edge of the slot. Slide the ruler to touch the front of the blade. 
  10. Rotate the blade, moving the same tooth to the back of the table, and use the square to check the distance.

Sawstop contractor saw fence adjustment.

Take off the back rail and loosen the two rear trunnion bolts. You also have to take out one screw. Use a mallet on the trunnion to nudge it, and loosen the table to cabinet bolts, which is the process for a cabinet saw.

Sawstop fence micro adjusts.

The fence only makes adjustments in one direction. If not satisfied with how you aligned it and want to make a slight adjustment in the opposite direction, you cannot. You can surpass this with a small magnet and gluing it to the end of the adjusting bolt. The magnet grabs onto the fence bracket and makes adjustments in both directions (Gov.bc.ca).

This feature allows operators to dial their cutting coordinate, allowing for precise adjustments. The operator comes with consistent, accurate control. Micro-adjust your Sawstop fence for superior routing accuracy.

The onboard clamp attaches to the table and houses the threaded micro adjuster screw. Magnet attaches to the reversible screw and attracts the metal fence tab, allowing pushing and pulling adjustment from either side of the fence. The user can make adjustments from either side of the table fence. Remove the head with a provided Allen wrench and reverse the micro-adjust screw.

Sawstop Jobsite fence adjustment


  1. Start by unlocking the fence and inserting a 3 mm hex key wrench into the hole in front of the saw fence. Turn clockwise to tighten to loosen. Check clamping force by locking and unlocking the saw fence repeatedly.  
  2. Unlock the fence and position one side flush with a miter gauge slot—lock the fence. The face of the saw fence has to flush with a miter slot edge along the length. 
  3. If there is misalignment, unlock the fence, adjust, and re-lock. To unlock the saw fence, use a 3 mm hex key wrench to loosen the screw in the top left side of the fence head.
  4. Insert a 3 mm hex key wrench at an angle into the hole in the left side of the fence head. Rotate the screw clockwise to shift the fence left, or counter-clockwise to shift the saw fence right. Lock the fence and check alignment. If there are adjustments needed, proceed. 
  5. When the fence is parallel to the miter slot, tighten the screw in the top left side of the fence head. Once fence alignment is done, lock and unlock the fence to secure the rail. If the saw fence remains loose while locked, use a 3 mm hex key wrench to tighten the screw on the front of the saw fence.

Sawstop t glide fence adjustment

The fence should be parallel to the miter slot so that when you move the wall, it does not slant. The saw fence has to slide smoothly and not bind and clamp easily, with the handle going all the way down. Once clamped down, it should stay in place.

Although the fence is factory-adjusted, make final adjustments once your rails and extension table has installed on the saw. The saw fence helps you set the width of your rip cuts. Each lens has a red cursor line that indicates the width of the cut. 

The face plates should be aligned to be parallel to the miter slots. Correct any misalignment by turning one of the two parallelism adjustment screws in the vertical edge of the fence cross-bracket. Adjust the angle of the faceplates and the faceplates to be perpendicular to the tabletop. 


  1. Install the fence on the front tube and position the face plate as desired, leaving a small gap between the bottom of the face plate and the table, so the face plate does not drag on the table. Sometimes you have to loosen and raise the other face plate if it is too low and interferes with the adjustment.
  2. Be careful when lifting the fence of the front tube and place it on the table with the adjusted face plate facing 
  3. down. Do not move the faceplate from the position you set. You can clamp the face plate to the fence to keep the face plate from moving. Tighten each screw to secure the face plate in position. 
  4. Do not over-tighten the screws. That may result in a slight concavity in the surface of the face plate near the screw.
  5. You can now adjust the position of the other face plate.
David D. Hughes

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