|Review by Jeison||posted 06-07-2010 12:09 AM||10034 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
I spotted this while wandering through Sears the other day, and since my little 10” benchtop bandsaw doesn’t have a fence, and I plan picking up the Porter Cable 14” that Lowes has (which I know does not come with a fence) I figured for $40, this universal fence (which boldly claims to fit all models of bandsaws) would be a good investment (Being a hobbyist and “weekend woodworker” I don’t need the hyper-accuracy and features of one of the $150+ models…i WANT it, i just dont NEED it lol!)
At any rate, so far I’m very pleased, There are only a few parts, and it took all of about five minutes to figure out how it went together and get it mounted, and it mounts rock-solid. The rail mounts to the edge of the table with some strange looking but very effective clamps, so there is no drilling necessary (although if your table has mounting holes on the edge it would be a simple matter to drill through the aluminum rail to bolt it on) The fence (also aluminum) mounts to the rail with a simple bracket, which has a guide that fits into the T-slot to keep it at a right angle.
As you can see the fence has several t-tracks (the front ones accept standard T-bolts, the top and rear also takes 1/4 bolts as well. The rail is 14” long, and the fence is 18”. It also has a resaw guide (I realized I forgot to take a good picture of it – you can see it in the second pic from the back, I’ll post a better picture upon request if anyone is interested)
The only real downside that I could think of is that there is no way short of using shims to adjust the fence, then again in my case it mounted perfectly square to the miter slot/blade right out of the box, so its not an issue for now (and it IS just a $40 fence, I think it gives good value as is)
-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.