Wise Buys: Hold-ins/Hold-downs
I couldn't believe the holding power of the magnetic Grip-Tites. Not just for pinning workpieces against the fence and tabletop with canted abrasive wheels and super-tough plastic fins, but also the powerful grip of the magnets themselves. Nevertheless, they're quick to pick up and move by flipping a cam lever that pries the unit away from the metal surface. No matter the amount of red oak, cherry, or pine I pushed through my tablesaw, the Grip-Tites didn't shift. And there were no burn marks when I deliberately slowed the feed rate because they prevented the workpieces from creeping toward the blade.
To use one as a hold-down, I flush-mounted Grip-Tite's optional steel fenceplate on MDF and attached it to my rip fence. On my steel-top router table, the Grip-Tites could be placed anywhere because they don't need a miter slot. This kit includes two hold-downs and a 42"-long steel fenceplate; a similar step-up kit features stronger magnets and choice of fence lengths and sells for $160.
-- Tested by Bob Wilson, Techniques Editor
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