|Review by Hawk_Guy||posted 09-24-2015 04:25 PM||12812 views||0 times favorited||37 comments|
So I finally pulled the trigger on a Biesemeyer table saw fence, the Rolls Royce of fence systems. I will preface this with the statement that I must be the most unlucky consumer on the market or the tool industry has gone to total crap. For those of you who have read my reviews in the past you may be thinking I’m some sort of internet troll out to bad mouth manufacturers. I’ll be frank, if the product is good then I’ll rave about it but if the product stinks I’m going to tell you about it and that’s really a service to a fellow enthusiast and consumer.
To begin with the product came in two separate boxes, the fence head in one and guide tube and rails bundled in the other. The box that contained the rails and tube was pretty trashed and the end caps of the guide tube (plastic inserts) were destroyed. The rails and guide tubes also suffered minor scratches. The front rail also had some rust and scaling in a few places.
The instructions for assembly were good and will do for most. The rails come with many holes predrilled for various patterns, of course not a single hole lined up with my cast iron table. Not a big deal though, using a pair of bar clamps and the provided height alignment tool, drilling new holes was a snap and in 30 minutes the new rails were mounted.
After installing the guide tube I anxiously placed the fence on the guide tube and gave it a push. I quickly realized the fence faces were in direct contact with the table and the UHMW tab that the fence uses to glide across the table was not even in contact with the table. Essentially the person who installed the faces of the fence screwed up and installed them too low. Now the fence faces raise the height of the head so much that guide rail doesn’t even contact the guide pads. It also appears, after a few quick measurements, that each fence face is at a different height.
I am definitely annoyed after making alterations to my cast iron table and expecting a superior product.
I purchased from CPO outlets, I’ll let you guys know how they handle this…