Pretty much finished up on the fence install today. Overall this install has taken very little time, and mainly had to wait for a new measuring strip to finish it up.
The replacement measuring strip came today and just took a few minutes to line up and install on the tube. I really like the new tape as it is bright white, metallic, and easy to read. It is a Starrett tape.
I will keep the OEM fence, because I keep stuff forever thinking I will need it, but also should I decide to drill some more holes in the front rail it would serve as my template. Really though with just the two holes on the front and rear rail it is snugged tight and feels like a very solid mount as it is.
I will use the fence as it is for awhile and see if the way I have it mounted suffices for me. It rides a little high above the table at about 3/16, but the faces look like they can be adjusted lower, and though I seldom cut really thin material I can clamp a face to the fence if need be for a thin cut.
This fence is a substantial upgrade for this saw and was not very expensive for the benefit of easy adjustment,
rock solid construction, and after installing the tape today it measures on the money from the blade all the way to 30 inches.