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Forum topic by craigmcourtney posted 03-10-2017 12:11 PM 349 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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craigmcourtney

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03-10-2017 12:11 PM

hello everyone; first post here.

I have an older powermatic 63 with an original 36”(I think?) vega fence. I’m not wired for 220v in my garage, and I’d like to have a wider cutting surface + outfeed table to cut full sheet. With these constraints, my best option (I think) is to build a custom table for my PM 63 and purchase a 52” fence.

I’d really like to upgrade to a beisemeyer-style 52” fence rather than the Vega. would a fence designed for a PM 66 cabinet saw fit onto the PM 63? I don’t want to order something that would require new holes for bolts to be tapped.

thank you in advance.


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#1 posted 03-10-2017 06:29 PM

I have the PM63 and I love the Vega fence. No idea why you want to switch it out with a whole new fence. All you really need is the longer rails for the Vega fence.

That being said though, if you want to put a PM66 fence on it, I’m 99% sure all PMs have the same bolt pattern. Someone with a PM 66 should be able to take the measurements and verify for you though.

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#2 posted 03-10-2017 07:38 PM

I have a 48” beismeyer with the long rails on my PM72. It may or may not have the same spacing as the fences that were put on the 66s. I can measure the bolt spacing tonight if no one else gets it to you before then.

I hope you have a good sized space for your table saw. The 52” rails/extension table take up a ton of room. Also, I’d add that even with the table top, I will sometimes clamp a makeshift fence onto the sheet and then just break it down with a circular saw. I can cut a 4’x8’ sheet down the middle on my table saw, but depending on the cut it is sometimes just easier to do it with the circular saw.

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#3 posted 03-10-2017 08:16 PM

I’d just call Vega and ask what it’d cost to get longer rails. It’s a good fence. I like the old style Biese a lot too, but don’t see it being worth a hefty premium over the Vega with longer rails unless there’s some issue with your Vega.

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#4 posted 03-12-2017 09:52 PM

Still there Craig?

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craigmcourtney

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#5 posted 03-15-2017 06:46 PM

hello, and thanks for the replies, everyone.

My apologies for such a slow reply. I’ll try to be more prompt later.

I’m not sure if my Vega system has a real issue; I just prefer the Biese system. But, I’d rather spend less $ than more $, so I’ll just find the longer vega rails and be done with that.

and yes, I think I’ll have enough space for the setup.

Thanks everyone.

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