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05-12-2012 11:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question

This after noon I installed a new Vega PRO 40 Table Saw Fence on my Unisaw.
I noticed that this fence is very short on the left side of the blade
The saw being a right tilt, this is the side of the blade I would use for miter cut and this fence will just be too short.
With the fence on the left side of the blade, I can get at the very best 5” between the blade and the fence
I would like much more, like 12” (the table extends that far).
Do you know of a fence that will allow me to get 12” on the left side of the blade?
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 11:25 PM

I don’t get it. I have a Ridgid 4512 and I have at least 18 inches on either side of the blade.

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#2 posted 05-12-2012 11:46 PM

It seems that I am going to have to do, is to re-locate and re-tap the holes in the bottom of the fence so that I can move it to the left.
In addition I shall have to replace the tape on the fence.
That sucks, I should not have to do that.
I think that I might just return the whole thing.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 11:49 PM

Post a couple of pics. I’m not seeing this.

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 11:53 PM

check out the t-2 fence
in the pictures it looks like it goes to the left all the way

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 04:08 AM

@Bert. I have the same fence mounted on a 1977 Craftsman. Not sure what the left side space is but I sure like the fence. It kinda dwarfs the saw but it has been a big improvement over the original.

I too am thinking about moving the main rail to the left about 3-4 inches. Mainly to give me a little more room on the right side to get around (small garage). I haven’t decided if I am going to attempt to drill and tap or take it to a machine shop. The latter would probably be the best thing if I want it done right! :-(

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 07:09 AM

I have ordered the SHopFox rails and fence and now at just past midnight I canceled the order. I went to measure my saw table and I decide that what I really need (read want) is a 7’ long fence to get around 20” on the left of the blade and around 40” on the right side ( on the right side my plan is to keep the saw and the extension (18”) as they are today and to add to that the router table extension which is 16” wide=34”. 34” plus 20” on the left side = 54” ).
This kind of fence is getting expensive, as much as paid for the saw itself!

-- Bert

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#7 posted 05-13-2012 07:39 AM

After loosing my sleep over it and ordering then canceling three different fences (It does not make sense to me to pay more for a lousy fence that what I paid for the saw) at 2:00AM I finally ordered the Shop Fox W1720 Aluma-Classic Fence with Long Rails from Amazon for $280.00.
I would have preferred a steel fence but they are just too expensive for cheap guy like me
I hope that I shall be happy with it.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 05-13-2012 11:11 AM

Hey Burt,
Did you call Vega and ask about longer rails? I have the Vega 40 on my saw and love it. Working with Vega has always been great. My saw is a left tilt so I don’t have the same issue as you but I understand what you’re hoping to accomplish. As to moving the tape, you will more than likely be able to just peel off the original and reattach it. If not I think Mylar tapes are almost $5-6 dollars at most woodworking stores and you’re going to have to purchase one to read right to left for the left side of most fences. I think you’re giving up one of the best fences made over a very easy fix.

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#9 posted 05-13-2012 11:32 AM

Some pics might have given us some ideas on how to adjust the Vega to your liking….can the rail be slid more to the left?

The Shop Fox Classic G9220 is their steel commercial t-square fence that’s a decent clone of the Biese.

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#10 posted 05-13-2012 12:21 PM

I thought about modifying the Vega, re-drilling the holes and moving the tape.
I could have done and may be make it work, I choose not to.
The Vega fence is sold for ” 40 inches to the right of the blade.” I should have noticed that and realized that this is the wrong fence for my application.
First I was disappointed by the Vega when I open the box by the poor general finish of the thing (none of the edges is deburred. A very cheap plastic cap is inserted at the end of the front tube) and especially the from rail support brackets (read me blog).
The front rail brackets started to spread open as I was tightening the cap-screws under it
Another thing that cannot be done on the Vega fence and which made decide to buy a different fence: to have a cursor on both sides of the fence, as I have on the fence on my R4511, for cutting on the right or the left side of the blade. On the Shopfox only one cursor it provided but another one can be easily installed on the left side.
I was going the buy (in fact I ordered then canceled the order) the ShopFox with long rail but I am cheap and to spend as much for the fence that I spent for the saw makes me loose my sleep.

My philosophy is that I do not need the best, I need was is adequate , what works.
I could afford the best but I refuse to spend the money for it.
I could have afford to buy a brand new Powermatic but I refuse to spend this kind of money for me,and for what is just a hobby.

knotscott, look at my block, there are pics:

Have a wonderful Sunday.


-- Bert

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#11 posted 05-13-2012 01:07 PM

Jonathan, it is terrible to be cheap (my wife calls me careful and frugal. She is nice). I followed your advice and canceled my order again and I ordered the better SHoFOx fence, it is just another $40.00.
I also ordered from Grizzly the second cursor

-- Bert

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