I don’t know if anybody has a Vega table saw fence out there… I got mine used and really like it. It is not one of the big names for after-market fences but it is a good, accurate T-square style fence.
It’s only design problem is that to tighten it you push the front knob down, (like most fences) but on the Vega this motion would tend to lift the rear end of the fence off of the table. Vega’s solution to this was to attach a clip on the back of the fence which reached down under the rear rail. That way it could not lift up.
Two problems with this:
1. When ever you would tighten the fence it would try to lift up, the clip would hit the underside of the rear rail (preventing it from lifting), and then it would fall back down to the table. The difference was only about 1/8” but every time… ”Click… Click”
2. To remove the fence from the table you could not just lossen it and lift it up (Like Biesemeyer or Unifence). The clip made you move it all the way off to one side.
I found a simple remedy to both of these problems: I removed the shaft which holds the tightening cam in place and just reversed the cam. Now to tighten the fence I pull UP on the knob/handle which forces the fence down against the table at the same time it tightens.
By doing this I was also able to remove the clip. So now I can just loosen and lift the fence off the table when I need to.
The other modification I made to this fence is the added plywood insert along the top. This allows me to keep a ruler handy (held in a channel with a rare earth magnet) and also add threaded inserts for atatching jigs.
With the modifications I made to this fence I really like it a lot. It is weighs a lot less than a Biesemeyer or Unifence but seems every bit as sturdy and accurate. If you ever see a used Vega fence for sale I would recommend picking it up.
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