Shop fox classic vs. original

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Forum topic by Matt Michaud posted 01-03-2010 09:38 PM 1731 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Michaud

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01-03-2010 09:38 PM

Has anyone tried the shop fox original fence (aka. The Incredible Shop Fox fence)? There are plenty of positive reviews of the Classic fence, but I can get either fence with the 3hp Shop Fox I am considering buying for the same price and Grizzly markets the Original fence as higher end. Thoughts?

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 09:50 PM

The Classic is a Biesemeyer copy, which is a very well liked fence. I’ve used several of the Classics, but have never done more than play with the original at the Grizzly showroom. The Classic appears to be far more popular and has gotten better reviews in the press. According to Wood Mag a few years ago, the original hits against the blade guard assembly so that it won’t get closer than an inch or two from the blade without removing the guard….it may also need to slide down to the end of the rails to be removed, but I’m not certain. I sure wouldn’t consider the Original to be an upgrade over the Classic, but there are people who like it.

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 09:55 PM

Not sure which is which but I bought the W2006 and used it for a while then replaced it with a Biesemeyer. The main reason was the plastic sides that it has and the way they are fastened to the fence caused them to be wavy and nothing I did would eliminate the waves. I started to make my own sides out of Baltic Birch plywood laminated with Formica but then decided instead of trying to copy the Biesemeyer just get one.

Just checked, the W2006 is the Classic.

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