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Forum topic by bigjim21 posted 03-16-2016 05:10 PM 249 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2016 05:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw refurbish aluma-classic aluma shop fox fence fence w1720 w1716 fences unifence 34-802 tablesaw

Hello all –
I’ve recently kicked off a Unisaw refurbish project so I’ve spent a great deal of time lurking about trying to figure out various aspects of the saw and I have really enjoyed this forum. However, one thing I haven’t figured out yet is the fence. My Unisaw 34-802 came with the standard Unifence, but the rail on the front had been cut off short for some reason. I need a 50” rail so I figured the best thing to do was replace it altogether. (?)

I snooped around quite a bit and ended up ordering a Shop Fox Aluma Classic Fence with long rails and legs. W1720 (W1716 but with long rails). From all the reviews and comparisons and whatnot I cannot for the life of me figure out what the downside is to this fence compared to the steel Classic fence or any of the others.

Did I get the wrong fence? How accurate should it be and how is that quantified? My initial impetus for buying a new saw was frustration with my Ridgid TS2424 fence. On a Unagauge it would be off anywhere from 10 to 35 thousandths out of square to the blade at any given time (right AFTER squaring it), and there seemed to be no way to fix it. Is that normal? how repeatably square should this fence be – cut to cut?


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#1 posted 03-16-2016 05:42 PM

I have that fence (Aluma Classic) on my TS. It is quite good. I’ve set it once. Been there since.


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#2 posted 03-16-2016 06:06 PM

The SF Classic is larger and has thicker tubing like the old Commercial Biesemeyer. The Aluma Classic fence is a bit scaled down, more like the old Biese Homeshop fence. If it has a steel front rail, the accuracy should be fine….it’s a nice fence. Bill’s front rail is steel IIRC, but I thought I saw that they changed that to aluminum at some point….not sure though. If my some chance they’ve switched to an aluminum front rail from steel, it won’t be as beefy as the SF Classic, or the Delta T2/T3.

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 08:24 PM

it’s an Aluma Classic. the rail is a big thick aluminum extrusion. the bar on the fence that rides in the rail is steel I believe.

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