|Forum topic by elschaefer||posted 10-01-2011 10:57 AM||9382 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
10-01-2011 10:57 AM
I have a Delta contractor saw and I need a better fence solution. Right now I’m using a powermatic accufence model 64A (no rails) from ebay and have cobbled together a rough kludged block of wood and metal that allows me to use it with the extruded aluminum rail from the saw’s original Delta fence. It’s not as accurate or safe as I would like, though it works better than the original fence, and the aluminum rail is scarred from the metal pressing against it, which will deform it significantly before long.
In a perfect world, i’d just purchase the rails that go with the Accufence and bolt them onto the saw. But I’m having trouble finding them for less than it would cost to buy a whole new fence system (any of the Home Shop versions from Jet, Powermatic, or Biesemeyer seem like they should work, but I haven’t found any yet at a reasonable price). Instead, I’m thinking about purchasing one of the less expensive aftermarket systems and selling the powermatic fence. In this option, the two most popular cost-effective possibilities seem to be the Delta T2 fence system and the Shop Fox system. I also came across a Sawstop fence on Toolking for $180 shipped that looks nice, but I can’t find any info on it online (it’s here: http://www.toolking.com/sawstop-tsa-pfa-30-inch-premium-fence-system-for-pcs175, anyone ever seen it or used it?).
My third wild-card option is to fabricate my own rails for the powermatic fence. The only catch is that it rides on a 2 3/8” x 1 5/8” rail, which is not a size they have at my local steel supplier, so I’d have to cobble the rail together out of several different pieces of steel. I’m concerned this process would significantly affect the accuracy of the system, though it would give me a lot of freedom to come up with a custom design that would work for my needs.
Something to consider- right now I have 36” of rip capacity to the right of the blade after moving the stock rails over 6”. Ideally I’d like to keep this much or more capacity, however I do have a small shop so I likely would not purchase a fixed rail with a larger than 36” capacity.
The T2 and the Sawstop fences both give 30” of rip capacity, which would be less than I’d like but I’m sure i’d live with them. The shop fox rails would have to be cut down so as not to eat up too much space in the shop. If I fabricate my own rails I could make them any length I wanted, and possibly even make them telescope so that I can have a greater rip capacity if I needed it but not eat up all the space all the time.
Any input and advice would be greatly appreciated!