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Hillsboro

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08-07-2012 08:25 PM

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Am finally going to replace the original fence on my table saw (10” Rockwell/Delta contractor) with one of the above. I would appreciate any thoughts/comments/suggestions/experiences with both.

Many thanks,

Phil


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jlasersmith

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 08:55 PM

I Have an old delta contractor saw that I just put a new fence on. I ended up getting a delta from toolsplus for $158 with free shipping. I was considering going with the Bies but I just couldnt bring myself to spend that kind of cash.

So far I am very very impressed with the Delta fence. Installation was pretty easy. I did have to modify the fence just a little. The slider on the back side of the fence was too far out from the saw so I had to relocate the holes on that. Also the measuring tape on the front of the fence does not line up with the blade but I never use that for measurement anyways.

I had a chance to get a good look at a Bies fence on a newer craftsman cabinet saw a few days ago. The design is very very similar to the Delta(who owns Bies). The real difference between the two is the Bies is made of steel and has replaceable particleboard faces on the fence. The delta is more aluminum and steel. The Bies rails and fence are longer than the Delta and the price is substantially higher. As far as the method that the fence slides on the rails it looks like the two are nearly identical. Both fences glide across the rails very easily.

After seeing the Bies in person I have zero regret for purchasing the Delta. Given the choice between the two I would go with the Delta and buy more tools with the cash you save.

Hope this helps your decision,
Jeremy

-- I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. -Kurt Vonnegut

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Brickman

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 08:56 PM

I have the Vega Pro 50 on a Grizzly 1023Z that I am rehabbing. The parts are well made for the price and some people have complained about the finishing but it is adequate for what I paid for it. I did have to fabricate some mounts to get it to mount correctly to my saw as that was easier than drilling and tapping the cast iron tables. One other modification that I saw was to reverse the locking handle so that locking the fence pushed the back of the fence down and not up. I like this idea but have not done it yet. I have no experience with a Biesemeyer but the Vega is night and day better than the Shop Fox that was on the saw when I bough it.

-- Mark - Pueblo, Colorado

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justinwdemoss

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 10:57 PM

I have a similar opinion with Jeremy. I looked Bies, then saw the Delta clone and decided to go that route. I a put mine on “Frankensaw” and not only was it easy, it was a huge upgrade. You can get the delta T2 on sale from time to time. Sometimes there isn’t a sale, but your get free shipping. But if you really want the price tag and name, go for it.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#4 posted 08-08-2012 01:51 AM

I had a Beisemeyer for a decade, never had a problem with it and sadly sold the fence with the saw.

I wouldn’t hesitate to get another one but I think I would toward a fence that was retractable without removing it.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 08-08-2012 02:03 AM

Beisemeyer.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 08-08-2012 02:07 AM

Without question, Beismeyer

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#7 posted 08-08-2012 02:59 AM

Beisemeyer all the way.

I’ve got a brand new still in the box Shop Fox I would probably sell.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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Hoosier25

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#8 posted 08-08-2012 06:04 PM

Vega

Micro adjustability, jig can be added to fence. lighter in weight, lower in price.

-- Roger

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dpjeansonne

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#9 posted 08-08-2012 09:58 PM

Beisemeyer, I replaced a ShopFox on a Grizzly 1023R. It is the cadillac of fences. I don’t remember which woodworking magazine did a review/comparisons of after market fnces and the Beisemeyer was the winner.

I would highlt recommend it but I don’t have any personal experiences with Vega.

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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jcoop

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#10 posted 08-08-2012 10:30 PM

I have both,

Love the stability of the B.

Really like the way it is so easy to add “attachments” to the Vega.

Wish the B had the way to attach things.

If I had to have one or the other it would be the Beisemeyer for sure

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#11 posted 08-08-2012 11:08 PM

I’ve owned both and liked both. At even money, I have a slight preference for the Biese, but at real world street prices, the Vega tends to be the better value.

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#12 posted 08-31-2014 08:25 PM

Vega and all others are clones of the Biesemeyer fence. The Biesemeyer may cost more , but I think it is a better fence. I’ve had one for 25 years. There is a place that sells the parts for the Biesemeyer fence. You just add the other parts to the fence. Don’t remember who it was, but a search for Biesemeyer may come across it.

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#14 posted 08-31-2014 09:02 PM

Thread necro by a spammer. Sigh.

-- -Don

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DurocShark

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#15 posted 08-31-2014 09:03 PM

I was about to reply to Bruc up there about his shopfox (I have an 80’s Craftsman contractor saw that desperately needs a fence) then I saw how long ago he had posted that.

grrr…

-- -Don

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