|Review by JasonWagner||posted 01-03-2010 06:53 AM||4163 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
I had some extra money from Christmas gifts and I wanted to splurge on something I didn’t need but knew that I would love to have. This table saw fence gauge is great. I can zero it whenever I want with different blades, dado stacks and even on my router wing. I think it’s great I can make routered dados and accurate distances without much thinking. You can switch between absolute measurements (from zero with blade) to short term measurements if you just wanted to cut 1” strips or something. It zeros quickly and keeps its measurement if it’s on or off. If it is off and I move my fence, when I turn it on it knows where it should be. I’m no engineer so I haven’t gotten the dial indicators out, but it seems very true.
Also with my G1023SLWX I did not have to drill any holes. The fence fit on the existing bolts for my Shop Fox Classic fence. I have about 1/16” clearance on the digital display…basically perfect. I also was able to use the supplied magnet bracket that connects to the fence. A little shaping in my vise and we were on the way. I didn’t drill anything with my Grizzly table saw with Shop Fox Classic fence.
The negative: the fence that the indicator slides on is two pieces of aluminum. I had to square them (used a disk sander and file) both to connect them together as well as file any burs that would catch the device. I think they could square them pretty easily and that would make things much easier.
I agree with someone on Amazon…1/1000” is almost too much. I think 1/64 with arrow indicators to the nearest 1/32 would suit almost everyone. I have put a fraction to digital conversion chart on my tablesaw just to remember.
I’d give it 4.5 stars if I could only because it’s not perfect out of the box, but it is now.
-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!