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Forum topic by psient posted 02-10-2012 09:51 PM 1960 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2012 09:51 PM

I just took delivery of my new Powermatic Table Saw. Is the Accufence that came with the new saw up to the standard set by the Biesemeyer? I’m asking because I haven’t assembled the saw yet and will buy the Biesemeyer if it is notable superior to the stock fence that came with my Powermatic.

Also, has anyone installed a Biesemeyer on their Powermatic recently? Do the rails bolt on without modifying the Powermatic’s table (i.e., drilling new holes?).

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 10:10 PM

I’ve done lots of work with a Biesmeyer fence. I can’t compare it to the Powermatic Stock fence, but the Bies is a very efficient setup.
I’m considering the Bies for my Jet saw I just bought. If I can find on a deal I’ll probably jump on it.

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#2 posted 02-11-2012 12:24 AM


I know that the Bies is the standard by which others are judged. I wonder if there are any members that have extensive use on the Powermatic’s AccuFence system. I am sure it’s sufficient and I don’t know why I’d think not. Just the same, I’d spend the extra money to have the saw as good-as-can-be if I could get some feedback.

There’s lots of jocks that have Powermatics on this site so I’m hoping I’ll get some responses.

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#3 posted 02-11-2012 12:44 AM

set it up a go to town the accu fence is a great fence, made in USA and just plain rocks now that i have said that i use a beis at work and it works just the same as the accu fence so what it boils down to is they are both great fences and are tied at number one in my book

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 12:55 AM

I’ve owned a Biese Commercial fence and now have a Jet Xacta II, which AFAIK is the same as the Accufence and HTC fence. I find that the Xacta II is very comparable to the Biese…both made in the US, both very nice fences. It’s six of one, half dozen of the other IMO.

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#5 posted 02-11-2012 01:03 AM

Thanks guys. I figured they were comparable given PM’s reputation. As I hadn’t put mine together yet it made sense to ask.

Bill, I just read your review of the Grizzly bandsaw. I can’t remember exactly but didn’t you end up with a Minimax?

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#6 posted 02-11-2012 06:41 AM

I can’t really say much as far as newer Biesemeyer fences but I’ve used many older ones and they’re solid. They have them at the college and they take a lot of abuse. Carpenters who have no respect for tools use them and they still work.

I have a commercial Biesemeyer fence on a saw I purchased recently. I haven’t used it yet but I re-painted it and the construction of it is amazing. The front rail is 1/4” angle iron.

I can’t give you any advice on the Accufence as I have never even heard of it before.

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#7 posted 02-11-2012 10:22 AM

My new uni-saw (6 months old) came with a Biesemeyer fence and I have had other saws with the Biesemeyer fences but in my option the new ones aren’t as good any more do to the fact they are putting aluminum from rails in the front of the saws to ride on now. So you can’t use any magnetic items on the rails. And being aluminum they tend to scratch easier. But in general they still work good. I would use the fence that came with the Powermatic and try it . I know if it’s a new Powermatic the fence is not made in the USA by HTC any more they change them a few years ago. So as far as a quality on the Powermatic fence I cannot say if they are still that good any more or not.

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#8 posted 02-11-2012 12:23 PM

Thanks to everyone who had advice and feedback for my questions. I’ll stick with the stock fence for now.

Tyrone: I’ll find out how the AccuFence performs pretty quick I imagine.
rustynails: I am sure the fence is not using aluminum for rails. The box it came in weighs well over 50 pounds.

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