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Mounting the Sliding Table on the CMS

Mounting the Sliding Table on the CMS GE is slightly different than on the CMS VL. The CMS has two black plastic elongated rectangular pieces (#1) that each have a captured nut. They slide into the grooves shown below on the front of the CMS skirt. The tab then clips into the end of the groove as shown. The CMS VL (not shown) already has two threaded holes in the corresponding locations.

The long Aluminum extrusion that Festool refers to as a "Guide Rail" hangs from the upward facing V-groove on the front of the CMS. It can be mounted to stick out to the right as in the first image or to the left as in the second image. If it is to the right the leftmost two thumbscrews (#2) are used to attach it. If it is mounted to the left, the rightmost two thumbscrews (#3) are used to attach it.

After the Guide Rail is attached, locate the Sliding Table stops (#4). Put one on the left end and remove the other one.

There are four rollers (#5) on the Sliding Table support brackets. Slide those in the top and bottom grooves of the Guide Rail. Replace the stop (#4) that you removed earlier at the right end of the Guide Rail. With a stop on each end, the Sliding Table can't fall off.

For transport, the Sliding Table can be secured in place using the thumbscrew on the left Sliding Table support bracket (#6).

Now that the Sliding Table is mounted, check it in relation to the main table. There are three adjustments for height and two for angularity.

The image below shows the three height adjustment allen head screws (#7). Loosen the thumbscrews holding the Guide Rail, either #2 or #3 above. Adjust the Guide Rail Height so that the Sliding Table is 1mm above the main table and retighten the thumbscrews. This should be done using a known straight edge. It should also be done with the Sliding table at the far extents of its travel.

The Slidng Table should also be checked for angularity (again, using a known straight edge). If the Sliding Table is not parallel to the main table loosen the locking screws (#8). They have slotted holes. Use the adjustment screws (#9) to make the tables parallel and retighten the locking screws (#8).

Recheck the height at the extents of the Sliding Table's travel. If not correct, readjust the height.

Repeat the angularity check. Adjust it if necessary.

Repeat this process until both height and angularity are correct.

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