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richardchaos

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09-16-2017 03:28 PM

I have begun shopping for a replacement table saw and am looking at SAWSTOP!

One thing they offer (AS DO MANY OTHERS) different FENCE cutting width or distance.

Such as 24, 30, 36, 40. Etc…

I don’t get it…

If SHEET goods are 48 inches across…. WHY would anyone need a fence wider than 24-30 Inches????

PLEASE ADVISE!

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell


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Redoak49

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#1 posted 09-16-2017 03:34 PM

I have a 36” fence and breakdown plywood with a track saw. I can no longer lift a sheet of 3/4” plywood up on a saw.

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#2 posted 09-16-2017 03:58 PM

I have had 2 table saws with 50” fences and never used the full capacity. My current one is a 36” and I still hardly use it.
Unless you’re doing full scale cabinet construction, going to a 50” fence is overkill in my opinion.
But, if you are cutting sheet goods it’s a lot easier to cut 4 inches off a piece of plywood with a 50” fence than trying to make a small cut and having the bulk of the material to the right of the blade with less support.

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#3 posted 09-16-2017 04:27 PM


Unless you re doing full scale cabinet construction, going to a 50” fence is overkill in my opinion.

- AZWoody

Right, and even if you are making cabinets its rare to need a box greater that 24” deep. My saw has a 30” fence and I have not found it to be an issue. If you are planning to cross cut base cabinet sides (typically 34-1/2”) a 36” fence might be useful, but I cross cut on the RAS.

You have to balance how much space you have available with the extra utility.

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#4 posted 09-17-2017 03:10 PM

I have a 52” fence, love the extra table space!

I agree with the statements about smaller fence tables, especially if you lack shop space. I have on occasion used the capacity to cut plywood lengthwise, but more commonly I have used it as a reference stop for cutting dados in long shelf side boards.

One of those things, extra capacity is like clamps, nice to have when you need it without many drawbacks, but at added costs (in $ and space)

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#5 posted 09-17-2017 03:36 PM

I have 36”. 52” would let me slide the fence to the side for longer cross-cuts instead of taking it off the table entirely but I’ve rarely needed that much rip capacity. I’ve used a circular saw a few times for big rips (like for cutting the back panel of a 42” wide, 8’ tall cabinet) but for me, it’s a good tradeoff to get space back in the garage.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#6 posted 09-17-2017 03:48 PM



I have begun shopping for a replacement table saw and am looking at SAWSTOP!

One thing they offer (AS DO MANY OTHERS) different FENCE cutting width or distance.

Such as 24, 30, 36, 40. Etc…

I don t get it…

If SHEET goods are 48 inches across…. WHY would anyone need a fence wider than 24-30 Inches????

PLEASE ADVISE!

- richardchaos


Sheet good come in many widths and lengths. But you specify 48×96. So you need a piece of 30 wide by 50” long. What fence on a table saw do you need?

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 09-17-2017 04:23 PM

I have a 52” fence on my saw and more than a few times I’ve used it at or near capacity. If you have a 4’ x 8’ sheet of whatever and one edge becomes damaged, you can reference the opposite good edge against the saw fence to create a parallel edge independent of the severity of damage to the bad side. That’s just one of many examples why bigger is better.

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richardchaos

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#8 posted 09-17-2017 05:11 PM

GOOD POINT!


I have a 52” fence on my saw and more than a few times I ve used it at or near capacity. If you have a 4 x 8 sheet of whatever and one edge becomes damaged, you can reference the opposite good edge against the saw fence to create a parallel edge independent of the severity of damage to the bad side. That s just one of many examples why bigger is better.

- bigblockyeti


-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#9 posted 09-17-2017 05:11 PM


I have begun shopping for a replacement table saw and am looking at SAWSTOP!

One thing they offer (AS DO MANY OTHERS) different FENCE cutting width or distance.

Such as 24, 30, 36, 40. Etc…

I don t get it

- richardchaos

Here is the deal, say you want rip 6” off of a sheet of plywood. You set your fence at 6” and rip away. But can your saw support 42” on the waste side of the blade? And what if the large side is the good side and you don’t want it to flop on the floor. If you have the rip capacity on the right side of the blade then you can fully support the cut.

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#10 posted 09-17-2017 05:28 PM

I’ve crosscut sheets and used it at max capacity a couple times.

But, since I have a friend that can do the same I’ll probably swap to a 36” fence I picked eventually.

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#11 posted 09-18-2017 10:42 AM

I used a 36” fence for years and needed more capacity maybe 4-5 times. Then I upsized to a 52 ” fence, and in the last 14 years or so I’ve used the extra capacity maybe 4-5 times. For most hobbyists, the shorter fences are more than enough…there are alternatives for those few times the extra space is needed.

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#12 posted 09-18-2017 01:06 PM

In these days of track saws, there’s not much reason for 52” capacity at table saws unless you have the room and the budget for it. I don’t have the room so I have 36” rails on my Unisaw.

I routinely break down sheet goods with my track saw, and I’ve not had any issues doing things that way. I hate manhandling sheet goods onto the table saw.

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