Delta 30" capacity Unifence, 36-205

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Mark Colan

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09-22-2010 12:54 AM

I’m still gathering pictures etc to post on eBay. If you’re interested, though, tempt me not to post on eBay by making an offer. I will assume that cost of shipping (TBD) will be on top of any offer.

Any advice on what to expect for a selling price? Better to put it on Craigslist, in which case how much?

Delta Unifence Saw Guide (Fence), model 96-605, 30” capacity

The Delta Unifence is one of the best table saw fences ever made. Once installed and calibrated for a particular blade, it is fast and easy to make accurate cuts, time and again. If you change blades (for example, to a thin-kerf blade) it is quick and easy to recalibrate to the scale by moving the hairline cursor scale, which is designed for this purpose.

When the fence is clamped into place, it does not move, even at the back of the table, ensuring straight cuts, and avoiding . The included scale has 1/32” divisions, but more accuracy can be obtained through interpolation and practice. The Unifence design is patented. The unit is commercial grade, not a lightweight home shop tool. I believe that this fence was made in USA, having been manufactured before Delta began producing tools in China to reduce costs.

This fence fits most Delta saws as well as most other brands. Delta saws usually have pre-drilled mounting holes on the front of the saw table, which makes mounting the fence easy. For use with other brands (which may or may not have compatible holes), the manual includes complete illustrated instructions to create a template to drill the two holes required to mount the rail.

The included items for sale
  • A 34” fence, which can be placed in an upright position (3 1/2” high) or flat (1/2” high) and reconfigured for use on right or left side of the blade.
  • The carriage assembly, to which the fence attaches. The carriage moves smoothly along the rail, then clamps the fence firmly to one place in the rail without any wobbling or movement.
  • The lens with hairline pointers (two: one for each fence position) is in very good condition with few scratches. It will be attached to the carriage assembly when shipped. It is adjustable for calibration with various blades.
  • The fence rail, 62” long, which fastens to the front of the saw and extension table. The carriage assembly glides along this rail for positioning, and clamps to it.
  • A heavy-gauge angle iron, painted, for attaching the fence rail to the extension table.
  • An assembly aid for holding nuts while attaching with bolts – basically a cardboard strip with notches in strategic places – which is very useful for installing the fence rail. This was included in the original package., and is in usable condition.
  • The original Instruction Manual, which includes directions on how to build an extension table from melamine (27×32”).

Everything is clean and in excellent condition except for a few light scratches from use. The fence and rail are thick and solid aluminum; the carriage and lever to lock the fence are steel. No part has ever been dropped, and the fence is as true as my 24” square can tell me. Parts will be packed carefully for shipment.

I am selling it as is and as pictured / listed; it should be in very good working condition. The manual mentions plastic end caps for the rail, but they were not included with my package. They are for looks only, and do not contribute to its function, according to a friend who had them but took them off. Some bundles for Unifence included an optional extension table and legs. These are not included but are very easy to build, using instructions in the manual.

I built a simple wooden device for hanging up the fence against a wall (and the fence clamp keeps it from falling off), and as a bonus I will include it with your purchase.

Manufacturer’s Specifications:
  • Rip to right of blade: 30” (762mm)
  • Rip to left of blade: 8 3/4” (222 mm)
  • Fence length: 34” (864 mm)
  • Guide bar length: 62” (1575 mm)
  • Scale calibration: 1/32” (.8 mm)
  • Universal mounting hardware that can attach to almost any table saw
  • A three-point locking system keeps the fence parallel to the blade, and a hairline pointer with built-in steel tape keeps measurements accurate to within 1/64 of an inch.
  • Versatile two-position fence lets the operator use the fence two ways: vertically (3 1/2” high) for precision ripping of normal size stock or large panel work, and horizontally (1/2” high) for trimming laminates or ripping thin stock. Easily adjusts in seconds.
  • 34” fence length can be positioned forward of the blade to better align large panels during ripping, and function as a stop for repetitive cross cuts
  • Anodized aluminum extrusion for long life, smooth sliding and extreme accuracy

Note: although the specifications say 30” capacity to the right of the blade, the rail could be shifted to the right (it’s 62” long) for increased capacity, at the expense of cutting to the left of the blade with the fence. This custom installation is not mentioned in the instructions, and would probably involve drilling more holes or additional bolts or angle brackets.

Read reviews on Amazon and Epinions.

If you have questions, email me before bidding. Shipping is actual USPS or UPS charges; if it is less than my estimate, I will include the balance in the package. I do not charge for packing, and it will be well packed for reliable shipping.

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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