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Forum topic by dddddmorgan posted 12-17-2016 03:25 PM 1029 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dddddmorgan

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12-17-2016 03:25 PM

I’m curious if any of my fellow Jocks can point me in the right direction to look at options for a sliding table saw fence.

Not a sliding table saw but the old style Biesemeyer type fence that used to come on the Delta Unisaw.

I’m wanting to upgrade the fence on my new table saw and the venerable square tube “t” style will be my choice but I’m not finding anyone who is still making the old type slider.

If I can’t find one then I’m going with Very Cool Supertools fence (in spite of the name) ;-)

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...


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#1 posted 12-17-2016 03:36 PM

I realize I’m about to sound like a total a-hole, so understand that I’m not trying to be an a-hole.

I’m not sure what kind of information you are after. We have no idea what kind of saw you have or what exactly your question is. If you are looking for a Biesemeyer fence, I’d start with a search on Craigslist or just a general google search. That is where I would point you. The internet is a vast place, go fourth and seek.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#2 posted 12-17-2016 04:43 PM

I think your looking for a Unifence. This is an extruded aluminum fence that you could slide back and forth to make the fence longer or shorter. You could also mount it so it was about 1/4” tall for ripping thin stock. The main reason Delta switched to the Biesmeyer fence is that the square design makes it easier to attach accessories.

I prefer the old Unifence because I like a shorter fence like European style fences for ripping dimensional lumber. I purchased an aftermarket “Uni-t-fence” that is square like the Biesmeyer but can be moved back and forth. This is the best of two worlds. I traded my Unisaw for a Sawstop and don’t like the Sawstop fence because its way too long for ripping dimensional lumber. But it works fine for plywood.

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#3 posted 12-18-2016 12:07 PM

Uncanny, you are okay, I guess I could have explained myself better.

Roy said it better, the old style Biesemeyer fence that had a movable fence. These are really handy for ripping and using with a sled to make cutoffs.

I see them come up used but mostly with a table saw attached.

I will probably have to go with the Supercool to get close.

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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#4 posted 12-18-2016 02:39 PM

You might have better luck in your search if you use the correct name of the fence you’re looking for.
The fence in your picture is a Unifence, not a Biesemeyer fence(there is no ‘old style’ Biesemeyer. They’ve always been the same)
This is a Biesemeyer.

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#5 posted 12-18-2016 06:52 PM

+1 Tony

Unifence is what I have, very strong and versatile. Best fence ever made, shame that Delta discontinued them.

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#6 posted 12-18-2016 08:21 PM

Point well made but not helpful as I’ve still found nothing if current manufacture.

Oh well.

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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#7 posted 12-18-2016 08:33 PM

Just to clarify, the Unifence is NOT an older style Biesemeyer. While both are considered t-square type fences, the former was made by Delta well before Biesemeyer came onto the scene. Delta bought Biesemeyer in 1995, and while there was some overlap, they eventually discontinued the Unifence, and the Biesemeyer is now their standard.

Since the Unifence is discontinued, the only options to get one is to find someone selling one privately… either NOS or used. The other option is to find a machine that has a Unifence and swap it with your current fence. I would start watching your local CL ads. I did a quick scan and found this Delta contractor saw with a Unifence. Unfortunately, the guy is asking way way more than the saw is worth, but it gives you an idea. Find a nice used machine with the Unifence, swap it out with your existing fence, and then re-sell the machine to recover most, if not all, of the money.

Cheers,
Brad

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dddddmorgan

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#8 posted 12-19-2016 12:56 AM

Brad, thanks for the advice.

I’m in no rush for this as I will have to save up some money.

I’ve got a tiny business going making cabinets and such for garage and storage “remodels.”

As I make any profit it goes back into equipment to improve the process.

Heck, I might wait and see about a cabinet saw eventually.

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#9 posted 12-20-2016 12:59 AM



Point well made but not helpful as I ve still found nothing if current manufacture.

Oh well.

- dddddmorgan

Having the correct name, manufacturer, and knowledge they are discontinued wasn’t helpful? You want one of us to find one, buy it, bring it to your house and install it on your saw? Would that be helpful? Can you take it from there?

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#10 posted 12-20-2016 02:28 AM



Uncanny, you are okay, I guess I could have explained myself better.

Roy said it better, the old style Biesemeyer fence that had a movable fence. These are really handy for ripping and using with a sled to make cutoffs.

I see them come up used but mostly with a table saw attached.

I will probably have to go with the Supercool to get close.

- dddddmorgan

I bought the machined fence from them and attached it to my stock Accu-fence with their “T-bolts”.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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dddddmorgan

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#11 posted 12-20-2016 05:23 PM


Point well made but not helpful as I ve still found nothing if current manufacture.

Oh well.

- dddddmorgan

Having the correct name, manufacturer, and knowledge they are discontinued wasn t helpful? You want one of us to find one, buy it, bring it to your house and install it on your saw? Would that be helpful? Can you take it from there?

- Rick M

Wow, I guess I didn’t realize I was being so insulting.

I’ll see if I can spell this out better. The point was well made, I did make it sound like I didn’t know the difference between a Biesemeyer and a Unifence. Taking this into consideration did not result in any more satisfactory results as the fact that I was more specific in my searching didn’t help as I still came up empty handed so to speak.

I find the tone of your response a bit brusque and insulting. I don’t need anyone to do my chores, I just thought that perhaps someone knew something I didn’t as my work searching the internet isn’t as good as most.

Well, moving on…

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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