I haven’t been terribly unhappy with the stock fence that came with my Ridgid R4511 table saw, but I did want to improve it. I followed several blogs and forum topics on replacing the front and rear rails, buying a new tube and using the stock fence, but I felt like that was a lot of work (and I’m feeling lazy lately). So, my lovely bride blessed me with a new fence as a gift for our 10 year anniversary. I love that woman.
Here’s the shop fox fence from Grizzly mounted on my saw, covered in sawdust:
Installation was pretty simple. The only hard part was drilling the holes in the steel. That was a first for me and took quite a bit of time. The rest was a breeze. The fence is incredibly easy to adjust and locks down more solidly than the stock fence. It’s 26” capacity to the right of the blade is sufficient. I wish I had room for the 7’ rails, but I don’t. So, I make do with the smaller rails and it accommodates most every cut I make.
I added a small extension table to fill the gap between the rails. It’s a simple frame made of maple with a particle board top covered in laminate that’s similar to the granite top.
The fence faces are excellent. They were extremely flat right out of the box. The fence required very little modifications to be square. I would highly recommend it.
Thanks for looking!
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