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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 02-22-2016 03:25 PM 695 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2016 03:25 PM

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I would like to replace the old fence on my ancient Unisaw and looking for a used Unifence is proving to be an exercise in futility. I did find a never used JET xacta fence without rails for $95, but I have no experience with this fence. I would need to find or fabricate rails to go with this fence beyond the asking price. My research indicates it’s not as good as Biesemeyer fence but I’m looking for real life opinions. How well does it hold adjustment? Can simple angle iron be substituted for JET rails? How do you like it? Any information would be greatly appreciated!


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#1 posted 02-22-2016 04:16 PM

I’ve got a Jet Xacta II fence that’s riding on the rails from the Shop Fox Classic fence. I don’t know how it differs from the original Xacta fence. It’s been excellent. As a former Biese owner, I could easily live with either….they’re pretty darn close. It’s my understanding that this will fit on the original Biesemeyer rails too.

Angle iron is part of the rail support, but won’t suffice on it’s own.

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 04:24 PM

I also have the Jet Xacta II fence and I have no complaints. It is adjustable, stays accurately placed, and doesn’t budge when cutting lumber.

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 04:24 PM

I bought a used unisaw a year or so back and took all of the biesemeyer stuff off and sold it on cl. I then installed my Incra LS Positioner fence system w/leg set. The reason I did was because I can adjust the fence to a couple thousandths or less depending on the wood and humidity.
It’s a little costly but imho WELL worth it if your going to buy a fence anyway. Here’s a link to look at it
http://www.incrementaltools.com/Table_Saw_Fences_s/3.htm
it looks like they are on sale right now – $369 pretty good price

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 05:42 PM

Thanks for all the replies so far. I’ll have to look into rails a little more before committing. That Incra setup does look pretty slick but for now I think I’d like to set my sights a little more budget friendly, maybe that would be something to consider down the road.

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#5 posted 02-22-2016 08:00 PM

Keep on checking craigs list. A search around all your surrounding cities might produce something

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#6 posted 02-22-2016 08:26 PM

I’ve got a search set up including nearby areas so hopefully one will show up sometime in the not too distant future.

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#7 posted 02-22-2016 11:13 PM

No problems with mine. Isn’t is pretty much the same as a Biesmeyer?

Have you checked the dims for rails? They may be a proprietary size.

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#8 posted 02-23-2016 10:34 AM

FWIW, Home Depot has the Delta T2/T3 for $183 complete around here. It’s a Biese Lite with a steel 1 piece rail and a steel fence tube with aluminum clad faces. It might bolt directly onto your saw.

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#9 posted 02-23-2016 12:03 PM

The Delta T-2 is a nice fence. I had one on my Ridgid R4511 before I bought my Jet tablesaw. It came with the Xacta II fence and I love it. You could buy the tube and rails. I’ve not used a Biese but think the design is fairly similar.

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#10 posted 02-23-2016 12:37 PM

That Delta fence brand new for $183 is tempting, I’ll have to see if there’s anywhere I can lay hands on one as I’m fairly certain that would be a special order.

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#11 posted 02-23-2016 12:54 PM


That Delta fence brand new for $183 is tempting, I ll have to see if there s anywhere I can lay hands on one as I m fairly certain that would be a special order.

- bigblockyeti

The stock fence on the Delta 36-725 is similar. I know for sure that the 36-725 has a split front rail vs single piece on the T3, but I think the actual fence tube and t-square are very similar, if not identical. It might suffice for a hands on glimpse if there’s one near you.

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#12 posted 02-23-2016 01:06 PM

I’ll have to see if someone has the 36-725 in stock, Thx.

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