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Forum topic by Pyamed posted 04-13-2012 03:13 PM 3687 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2012 03:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: general table saw fence accurate delta t-2

My wife bought me a General 50-200 last year and the fence on it is absolutly horrible. My brother (SuperStretch) and I bought the Delta T-2 for my father last year to fit his Grizzly and it seems to be pretty nice. Just was wondering any recommendations on a nice accurate fence that would fit this thing.

-- Kevin - Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 04:02 PM

Beisenmeyer fence. They are owned by Delta now so the T-2 may be the same fence.

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 04:44 PM

The T2 is more like a “Biese Lite”, and has smaller lighter tubing….it’s a great value at $153 shipped from Tools-plus. I don’t know if the Biese or the T2 are a direct fit for you GI saw without some drilling, but it’s my understanding that General actually manufactured the original Biese for Biesemeyer at one time….the General T-fence is as close to a Biese as any other fence out there.

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 05:41 PM

Interesting, thanks for the info Scott. What are your thoughts on the Incra TS-LS? The guy I buy my stuff from at Woodcraft has been matching Amazon prices for me so I might end up going that way.

-- Kevin - Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 07:06 PM

I had an Incra for several years. It’s a good fence and very solid –
more like the fences on those old super-heavy-duty variety
saws used in pattern shops. The major issue with it is
it’s a space hog. It sticks way out and makes the saw difficult
to walk around on the right side. In terms of precision
it is hard to beat. Do make a sacrificial face if you get one,
because the fence doesn’t move smoothly all the time and if
you run it into a coasting saw blade the extrusion will get
carved up.

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 08:08 PM

I’ve got the Shop Fox Bies. clone on my G0444Z. Sure has served me well. Check the Grizz catalog.


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#6 posted 04-18-2012 03:01 AM

I got a powermatic fence and rail kit and I put it on a walker turner the thing is a tank and I love the poly fence covers take a look at it you wolnt regrete it

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#7 posted 04-18-2012 04:17 AM

I have the same saw. Other than the known problems with the fence (by known I mean that the factory and sales reps know about the problems) I have found the adjustments and locking mechanisms and overall usage quite good. My last saw was a $100 cheapie so this saw is amazing when compared….........

That said I will likely find a fence upgrade at some point.

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 08:37 PM

Pyamed: I am looking at the same 50-200 saw. What replacement fence did you end up going with?

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 10:12 PM

That Incra fence is probably the ugliest, most gaudy thing that you can do to your table saw. I’m sure it works wonders, I love my Incra gauges, but I just don’t think I’d be inspired to cut wood if I had it on my saw. :-)

Unfortunately Tool Plus has the Delta T2 fence listed at 168 right now, and it’s out of stock.

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 11:40 PM

I have this saw and have an Incra fence on it. My son bought it for me (I also have an LS-25 on my router) I really didn’t have any problems with the stock fence but I will admit I only used it about 4 weeks. I agree that the Incra takes up a lot of room but I don’t think(JMHO) the accuracy can be beat. I spent some time “tuning” the Incra and it glides smoothly on the saw the same as my router table LS.
What kind of problems did you have with the fence? Knobscott told me before I bought the saw that the fence was probably the weakest part of the saw.

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#11 posted 12-18-2012 12:06 AM

I think if I wasnt just a hobbyist or if I had to make repeat cuts on a daily basis, the Incra is the only way to go. But since it 1. costs a fair bit more, 2. takes up a boatload of space in my small shop, and 3. probably takes a while to dial in correctly…

I went with a Vega Pro 50 because it was reasonably priced ($250?) more compact than the Incra, and it was a breeze to install on my Powermatic saw without any drilling or shimming. Even the measuring tape on it lined up right to my blade which blew me away. It has a micro-adjust feature that I always forget to use but what can I say… I trust my hands bumping on the fence for that final adjustment.

And there’s something about the tubular rail that I just like. I’ve been using it for almost a year now with no regrets or issues.

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