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Forum topic by BootsTripp posted 08-01-2012 04:52 PM 14819 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2012 04:52 PM

I think I’ve narrowed down my search and will be buying a PCS 1.75hp. I am really leaning towards the 30” premium fence assembly, but was hoping for some buying advice from anyone who has compared and/or used both fence options (“premium” which is the basic fence on the PCS 1.75, and “Pro T-Glide” which would be an upgrade on the PCS1.75).

I won’t be able to see the fences in a showroom for another couple weeks, but I am afraid that when I do I will splurge for the T-Glide upgrade and leave with lighter pockets when I may be just as satisfied with the base model premium fence.

I am only a hobbyist and although I have a lot of plans to build cabinets and furniture along with small stuff, I don’t see myself really needing more than 30” of ripping capacity. And if I ever do, I think I could find a way around the saws 30” rip limitation.
Also, this will be my first and last table saw purchase.

So with the rip capacity out of the way (I think), it really boils down to the quality, accuracy, and feel of the two fences.

Is the T-Glide worth the extra $180 and loss of 6” of shop space?

-- The Dude abides

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#1 posted 08-01-2012 05:30 PM

Is the T-Glide worth it, yes. It is as good as any fence on any of the cabinet saws, the premium fence, not so much. When you see and move them both you will see/feel the difference immediately.

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#2 posted 08-01-2012 06:37 PM

The basic fence is not so bad but in comparison, the t-glide fence is so much nicer to use and stays aligned very well. The basic fence is light weight and flimsy compared to the t-glide fence.

Also, you can always upgrade for the same price if you decide that you dont like the stock fence

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#3 posted 08-01-2012 06:42 PM

considering the cost of the saw your are considering, I would opt to go for the better fence than the ‘cheap out’ and feel I should have gone with the better one everytime I used the saw…

as for size, I think that unless you are working with sheet goods on the TS , 30” rip capacity is more than enough. anyhthing bigger for a one mans shop is easier to do with a circular saw/router on the floor

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 08:00 PM

Thanks for the feedback.
Cole: I didn’t know I could upgrade for the same price after the purchase if I’m not satisfied with the basic fence. That’s really nice to know.
I know it’s not much extra to go with the T-glide, and most people probably figure that it’s already costing them x amount of dollars, what’s another x%. But in the price bracket of this saw I’m trying to scrape out everything I can to reduce the sticker shock : ) I’m a sucker in the stores though and if I wait to buy until I see them side by side I’m sure you’re all right and I’ll end up with the T-glide.

-- The Dude abides

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 06:50 PM

I’m also considering this saw, hoping for fall sale. Have no experience with the upgraded fence but for the small incremental cost relative to the saw am planning to get it. Extra 6” of space could also help with ts-mounted router, freeing up whatever space your router table is taking up. At least that’s my long term plan, with a small shop.

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#6 posted 08-10-2012 03:32 AM

I just bought a PCS yesterday. The 36 inch models have better adjustments for squaring the fence in a couple directions. I saw both and there was no comparison.

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#7 posted 08-10-2012 08:07 PM

The T-glide fence, definitely.

Of course, if you could get (and fit) an Incra TS-LS fence, that’s a step up from the T-glide fence.

Incra TS-LS Fence

But that’s a whole other can of worms.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#8 posted 08-10-2012 10:35 PM

I had the same question, and I contacted Saw Stop, and asked if I could substitute the premium fence with the T-glide on the 30” model. Below was there response.

Hi Joe,

Thank you for contacting SawStop. In response to your request, this saw comes one of 3 ways, with a 30” fence, a 36” or 52”. So yes, you would just want to order either the 36” or 52” if you wanted our T Glide style. Thanks!

Maybe I misunderstood Saw stop, but it sounds like the T-glide is only available on the 36” and 52” and not the 30”

-- Joe from Western Ma.... Peace to all

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#9 posted 08-11-2012 03:27 AM

My understanding is that the better quality fences only come in the 36 and 52 inch models.

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