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Forum topic by Maveric777 posted 06-06-2011 02:40 PM 5177 views 1 time favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Maveric777

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06-06-2011 02:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question fence

I been developing a good bit of burn on my stock here lately after ripping them with my Hitachi C10FL 10” Stationary Table Saw.

After adjusting the blade back true to the table top I went to get my fence in specs as well. After a long period of time, quite a few choice words, and possibly one temper tantrum I realized the fence is trash. Apparently a nasty kick back I had a while back knocked it for a loop. It is still very usable but now I have to do the fine tuning (knocking the crap out of it till it squares up) for each measurement adjustment.

So making a short story longer I am in search of an aftermarket fence that will work on my saw. I have never dealt with aftermarket fences and was just looking for some advice and/or suggestions as to where to start looking. I have only looked at a few and was a tad frustrated so here I am.

Thanks for any advice….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.


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#1 posted 06-06-2011 02:50 PM

Not knowing anything about aftermarket fences myself, I can’t help you on that. But, after reading your post and knowing you as I do…..(wait for it,...pause, Pause Pause) BAHAHAHAHAaaaa…...!!!!!!!! I can just see you cursing and beating on that fence! I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall to see that! I hope you get it worked out. But thats funny right there! I don’t care who ya are!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 02:58 PM

Dan,

I used a Vega Pro fence on my Grizzly table saw for years and loved it. I purchased the Pro 50 since I used a lot of sheet goods and needed the capacity but they make models down to 26 inch. It is a tough fence and very accurate. I did a search and found all sizes available through Amazon. The catch is whether it will fit your table saw. You should be able to check that out.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas, http://woodworking-business.com

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 03:00 PM

The Delta T2 is one of the best bangs for the buck @ ~ 155 shipped from Tools-plus.com. It has 30” rip capacity to the right and is often called a “Biesemeyer Lite” because it’s a less robust version of the venerable steel t-square design. You could probably even rob capacity from the left side and shift the front rail tube slightly more to the right for more rip capacity if you need it.

The Shop Fox Aluma Classic from Grizzly is another reasonable choice with a similar design as the T2.

+1 on the Vega…I had the U26 utility fence for a while and thought it was pretty nice.

Some assembly required….cussing optional. ;-)

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 03:03 PM

delta t-2
you may have to drill some holes
here and there
but it is as good as a beisemyer

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=delta+t-2+fence&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=5020088936247638784&sa=X&ei=_M7sTZugKqjc0QGxpLjAAQ&ved=0CE0Q8wIwAw

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#5 posted 06-06-2011 03:07 PM

I put a T-2 on my saw, and the only thing I didn’t like afterwards was that I lived with the old one so long.

-- Joe

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Bill White

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 03:51 PM

I have the SF Aluma Classic on my G0444Z. I would buy it again in a minute.
Bill

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 04:26 PM

I got a Vega Pro for my old contractors table saw. Loved the fence and greatly improved the accuracy. I eventually bought an Delta Uni-Saw that came with a Beisemyer fence. I tried the Beismeyer for a week and decided to replace it with Vega Pro. One of the best decisions made.

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#8 posted 06-06-2011 04:31 PM

I went with the Shop Fox Classic (not the aluminum one) ... ti has proven to be an excellent investment.

See: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/840

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 06-06-2011 04:46 PM

Have the Vega, and it works perfectly. Rated a best buy in a review by FWW, I think. When I bought it, I was not planning on doing woodworking as a hobby, just to use for DIY stuff. The price was part of my decision, since I was putting it on an old Delta Contractors saw, and couldn’t see paying a high price. If I knew I was going to make this my main hobby, I probably would have just bought a new saw. But now my hotrodded saw has enough invested in it, that there is no good reason to get a new saw, not just yet.

In fact, while researching the Vega, I stumbled upon this site, and that is why I am here.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 06-06-2011 05:55 PM

CR1 – I think stock fences have improved a lot in the past 10 years in general, but I’ve never liked the Hitachi fence much, and a lot of the fences on the entry level stationary saws are still rather weak though. There’s been a slew of reasonably priced saws with decent stock fences in recent years….several Grizzly saws have the Shop Fox Classic (a good Biese clone) or the Shop Fox Aluma Classic (a lighter duty steel t-square design with aluminum faces), Craftsman 22124 had a Biesemeyer commercial fence, Craftsman 22116 has a Biese clone, several Steel City saws have their deluxe fence, several Jet saws with the Exacta or Exacta II (Biese clone), the PM64a comes with the PM Accufence (Biese clone), several Delta’s with the T2, Unifence, or Biesemeyer, several General International saws have a General T-fence (Biese clone), the former Bridgewood contractor saw came with an equivalent of the SF Aluma Classic, and even the recent Ridgid contractor saw fences have been an improvement over stock fences of older saws.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#11 posted 06-06-2011 06:41 PM

Thanks so much for all the feedback everyone. I plan on spending some time doing some more research. From what i can tell so far the T-2 is more in my price range. I have a hard time seeing a $400 fence on a $500 (caught it on sale) table saw. Just doesn’t seem right….lol

My only fear is the T-2 wont work on my saw…. Need to do more looking around i guess to make sure….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 06-06-2011 06:54 PM

I’d say Biesemeyer…........ or Biesemeyer…........... or, maybe even a Biesemeyer…............
just my opinion :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#13 posted 06-06-2011 07:11 PM

I like everything about the Bies except the price. I’ve got a vintage JET with a surprisingly good fence. I’m not sure how that happened;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 06-06-2011 07:20 PM

dan i put the t-2 on a brand new hitachi
just like yours

here it is

http://lumberjocks.com/nmkidd/blog/19593

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 06-06-2011 09:02 PM

Sounds like you have the same issue I had. The best fences cost as much as the saw. I don’t have any experience with the T-2, but Patron would know all there is to know.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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