What would you do with a 13' fence?

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Forum topic by Alexdi posted 11-30-2011 11:35 AM 1085 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2011 11:35 AM

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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?

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 12:38 PM

I can’t see how having those long rails in a 17×22 shop.

I’d try to sell them on Craig’s List or E-Bay, or (?_ and use the $ to buy a “normal” length. If they don’t sell, then cut them down.

I would make the selling price the same $ that short rails would cost, so you don’t lose any money.

I have a shop similar in size to yours (16×30) and get by with rails as shown in these photos.

Since I work alone and am getting up in years, I am not able to safely handle a full sheet of plywood on a TS anyway. I always cut them down to a manageable size using a circular saw.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 04:27 PM

I am with Joe on this, sell them and get what you actually need. Make sure you specify that the buyer pays for shipping, as I would imagine that alone could eat up most of the $$$. Best to find a local buyer.

Good luck!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 11-30-2011 04:38 PM

I’d cut them myself.

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

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#4 posted 11-30-2011 09:21 PM

Shipping anywhere would be by freight, which is about $250 for rails this size. It’d have to be a local buyer. There’s an online metal shop that would sell 8’ of rectangular tubing and angle steel for about $170. Another place has 10’ for $350. Neither include shipping, but are probably representative of local supply. If it’s this common, I don’t feel so bad about cutting it.

Joe, I’ve seen some really clever plans for a panel saw based on a circular saw. If I had a smaller shop and was regularly cutting plywood, I’d probably make one and live with a smaller TS arrangement.

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#5 posted 11-30-2011 09:33 PM

I would cut them and sell the 8’ off-cuts to buy the wood for my next project.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#6 posted 11-30-2011 09:34 PM

I don’t think you’ll have luck selling them so you might as well
cut them.

On the other hand, that 13’ rail would make a nice beam for
a shop-built vertical panel saw. I shopped around myself
for beam material for mine and eventually settled on an
extruded aluminum beam because I found the material
at a good price.

That B-fence rail material is just generic rectangular steel
section. You can get a new piece easily enough in whatever
modest length you want.

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#7 posted 11-30-2011 09:53 PM

I say cut them.. Its just square tube..

I put 72 inch rails on my saw.. And put the blade right in the middle.. so 36 each side of the blade.. I wish I would have offset them..

I’d sure like to have 48 inches on the right side of the blade…

I’ll get around to it one day..

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#8 posted 11-30-2011 10:04 PM

Seems like a consensus. I can deal with a 9’ fence, I think that’s what I’ll do. Not really an overriding concern as the saw is in pieces being painted, but soon enough. Thanks!

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