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    Default Magswitch for bandsaw fence

    I have made a fence for my 14" bandsaw and wish to fit it with two magnets (magswitch or similar). Magswitch Magjig has devices of varying strengths - 60, 95, 150 + others. My preference is to use the Magswitch 60 as they are a litte on the expensive side. So, my questions are:
    1. has anyone used the magswitch 60? and
    2. if so, is it strong enough to do the job or should I go the next one ie Magswitch Magjig 95?

    Many thanks,

    KenM

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    The number refers to the holding force in pounds, so 60's will theoretically give you 60 pounds of holding force each. The holding force does depend on the magnet sitting on a decent piece of ferrous metal - so thinner metal may means you won't get as much force, and I believe it refers to the force perpendicular to the table (lifting straight up). They don't hold as much against a side/sheer force, which is what you're going to get in your fence.

    I've only got 150's (table saw featherboards and jigs) so don't know how the 60's will do - I suppose it'll depend on exactly what you're doing with the bandsaw. The little ones may tend to slide if you're pushing big bits of timber against it.

    The other thing to consider is the size of the magnets - the 150's are a fair bit bigger than 60's, so will eat more of your bandsaw table space.

    Not much practical help I'm afraid!

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    Some numbers - this page has facts and figures.

    Sheer working load of the 60 is 7kg, which isn't much. My coffee tampa gets 19kg for the morning shot...!
    ... but it seems that the 60, 95 and 150 all have around the same, so who knows! I'll play around with the featherboard and report back

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    I guess using magnets is one answer but perhaps a bit of a fiddle to line up.I made a version of this fence that cost nothing to make and works better than the factory fence that came with the saw.
    Regards
    John
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpbwH9510MY

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    I put a pair on a home made fence. As noted previously, they hold down, but offer little resistance to lateral movement. Worse, you have no warning of when the clamp is going to give.
    They work great for the initial positioning, but need additional support.

    Don

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    Thank you Don.
    Do you remember which magswitch you used the 60 or 95 models?
    Many thanks,
    KenM

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