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Forum topic by groland posted 771 days ago 1354 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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groland

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771 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: kreg bandsaw fence bandsaw accessories

I am considering buying a Kreg bandsaw fence for my Delta 14” bandsaw. I plan to use it for both ripping and resawing of timber.

I have read some reviews and it seems generally well-liked, but I am concerned about the fact that it is held only at one end. I have not heard comments that the unsecured end wobbles or is unstable, but I would like to hear from someone who has used it.

Also, how easily does the fence slide towards or away from the blade to adjust for cuts? Does it slide smoothly or bind and hesitate?

many thanks,

George


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#1 posted 771 days ago

I have the Kreg bandsaw fence on my 14” Powermatic bandsaw and find it to be very stable and accurate.
Kreg makes very good products and I am very satisfied with the bandsaw fence. It was easy to install, slides smoothly, does not bind and removes easily when you want it out of the way.

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#2 posted 771 days ago

I have that fence on my Delta. I find it smooth to slide and very stable. Remember the BS fence is only 18” or so long, you can’t put near the side load on it that would on a much longer TS fence. The one thing I don’t like about the Kreg is that the lock screw for the fence can be a knuckle buster….a small point, but one I mentioned to the company. They replied it’s a common comment, but there isn’t a way to reposition the lock screw. You can also get the micro adjustment for it (at least it used to be available, guess they still sell it). I don’t have that, and haven’t found a need for it (yet).

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#3 posted 770 days ago

After a lot of research I recommended the Kreg fence for my workplace so my boss purchased one. I liked it well enough to buy one for my own bandsaw shortly after.

It may not have a rear locking mechanism but neither do Biesemeyer fences for tablesaws. I’ve had no deflection issues with the Kreg fence. The original delta fence (which had a rear clamp) was a headache in this regard.

What I like best about the Kreg is that it can be flipped around and used on either side of the blade. This is really helpful when making some angled cuts.

The fence does slide smoothly if it’s adjusted properly and that is not hard to do. The micro adjust accessory is unnecessary since it’s easy to make small adjustments.

I’d have preferred it if they hadn’t put so many grooves on the fence since this can trick the eye into thinking that a board is drifting away from the fence during a cut. Adding a sacrificial board will eliminate that problem though you’ll need to drill your own holes, use double stick tape or get some sort of special clamp to attach it.

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#4 posted 770 days ago

You can make your own for less than 1/4 of the price.

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#5 posted 770 days ago

It’s a very high quality aftermarket fence. Deflection won’t
be a problem and if you don’t like it you can sell it for
90% of what you paid. It has the features woodworkers
want and it is well designed. It is not super-duty but neither
is a 14” cast frame band saw.

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#6 posted 768 days ago

I have one and it works great. I like the feature that you can flip the fence down and get a low clearance fence if ripping thin stock. The fence lays flat so you can bring the guides down to the work piece.

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