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uutank

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07-13-2010 08:47 PM

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Hello everyone, I need some advise. I currently own a Ridgid TS3650 Tablesaw and I’m considering upgrading the fence.
But here is the question.. Is there a better fence out there than what the saw came with and would the upgrade be worth the price?
There really is nothing wrong with the current fence and I’m not unhappy with it..just trying to see if a upgrade would increase accuracy,etc..
Thanks for your advice.
Ray

-- Ray,VA


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 07-13-2010 09:05 PM

I would NOT upgrade THAT fence. it’s a slick and well made fence. with t-slots for upgrades/accessories, locks well. I would personally keep it – unless there IS something wrong with it – or you ARE unhappy with it.

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TheWoodNerd

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#2 posted 07-13-2010 09:24 PM

It’s pricey, but I can’t imagine life without my Incra fence.

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#3 posted 07-13-2010 09:29 PM

The fence is one of the things I like about the TS3650 / TS3660. But depending on budget, you can get a nice wide Biesemeyer, or similar…

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Randy Sharp

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#4 posted 07-13-2010 09:29 PM

Hi Ray, I have the same model TS and am very pleased with it. I’m with PurpLev. Hard to improve without making a major investment.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 07-13-2010 09:37 PM

I also have the saw, and I agree with those who say “keep it”.

There may be a better fence or two on the market, but you’ll be paying major $’s for a miniscule improvement. In other words, it wouldn’t be much bang for your buck.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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uutank

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#6 posted 07-28-2010 04:58 PM

Thanks everyone for the advise. As always we wonder if the grass is greener on the other side.. nice to have a place to ask these sorta questions.
Ray

-- Ray,VA

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knotscott

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#7 posted 07-28-2010 06:31 PM

Ray – The Delta T2 is a good bargain @ $156 shipped, but I don’t know as though it’s enough of an upgrade to bother with. I’d only go for the upgrade if you happen to stumble into a killer deal like the $80 Biesemeyer deal. Otherwise you’re looking in the range of ~ $250-$400 (minus whatever you could sell your current fence for) to get a worthwhile upgrade, at which point it might be prudent to just consider a whole saw upgrade. Since you have no complaints, what are you gaining?

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