|Forum topic by varnerrants||posted 01-15-2016 08:40 PM||1075 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
01-15-2016 08:40 PM
I’m in the process of upgrading my trusty, not at all rusty, true within .002, nickel test passing 1970’s delta contractor saw.
I purchased this saw third-hand. The second owner put a fence on it that looks like a vintage delta, perhaps for a really old unisaw. It’s far longer than the table, and hangs out enough that he had to machine custom stand-offs for it. In addition, the fence is front/rear locking and a bear to get ‘just right’ it’s adjustments suck, and I cannot, for the life of me, get the fence plumb to the table. This has caused problems in past projects although I’ve managed to learn to work around it with processes that take a whole lot more time than a simple ‘set it and cut’. The fence rails are short enough that I can only rip ~23.25” to the right of the blade, which becomes a problem when dealing with ripping sheet goods.
I’ve used this saw for 7 years now, and it’s been good to me. It’s a solid saw, plenty of power (220v), and runs like a top since I replaced the arbor bearings about 3 years ago. I’ve been wrestling things with straight edges and circular saws and it just isn’t the same as having a decent setup for the ts. All told, I’ve got about $250 wrapped up in this saw over the years, and it’s more than paid for itself with the projects I’ve made with it.
I’ve started on a 72” x 27” mobile saw stand / cabinet / router station, with the goal of having ~50” rip to the right of the blade. I want to get a fence system for the saw, and I’m willing to drop ~$350 to do that. Seems there’s plenty of options at that price point, but I can’t get the ‘good one I want’ without having to pay a shipping charge.
Turns out the woodworkingshow is in town this weekend (Indianapolis) and I’m getting ready to head down there. Will the vendors there have aftermarket fences for me to try out? I know I’m a bit late to the game on this one. 20 years ago, seems like everyone and their brother sold an aftermarket fence (thanks to the t-square revolution) but now that those systems have been standard equipment for 20 years, it looks like the market is drying up, and the retailors are responding in kind.
I don’t have the budget for a brand new saw (I’d drop >$2k on it if I did) and I don’t want to buy some piece of crap fence that goes all wonky on me in a year. I was ready to purchase the Vega U50 yesterday, and saw the price after tax and shipping of >$400 and had to put on the brakes… I didn’t get that much cash for Christmas this year. :-)
So where should I go near Indianapolis, IN to check out table saw fences, or get one at a reasonable price?