|Forum topic by Alexdi||posted 11-30-2011 11:35 AM||921 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
11-30-2011 11:35 AM
I recently bought a right-tilt Unisaw that came with a used Jet Xacta II fence with 13’ rails. My question is whether to install it as-is, cut it to size and sell the remaining rail pieces, or sell the whole unit and buy something shorter.
The fence is a Beisemeyer clone and about as heavy and solid as such things get. I wouldn’t have any reason to upgrade it. The two rails combined probably weigh north of 100 lbs. My shop is 17’x22’ with an 8” column near the middle. I plan to build a router extension for the saw with an extended storage cabinet underneath as is common.
The largest thing I can imagine ripping is a 4×8 piece of plywood in half, which would take 48”. I could also forsee wanting to make a beveled cut on the left side of the blade at the same width. With a few inches of margin, that’s something like 100”, which would leave 56” rail remnants still longer than most commercial fences.
Another person suggested that cutting such large rails would be a bit of a travesty. I’ve no idea what they’re worth in one piece or who might be interested in them. I can’t find any rails from any manufacturer of this length, though they appear OEM JET and not a custom job. By the same token, I can’t find 100” rails that would leave me all that left-side bevel capacity (which is primarily just to avoid kickback from binding against the fence with the right-tilt blade).
It seems to me the most efficient solution is to hang on to it and cut it. Or am I looking at this the wrong way? How much rail length is really necessary? Is this so valuable that I would be foolish to ruin it?