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Forum topic by elingeniero posted 707 days ago 1175 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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elingeniero

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707 days ago

I own a PC 3812 I picked up a while ago for $100. The blade is good enough for now (Oldham 40T). I put a PALS adjustable trunnion bolt kit in the thing to fine tune the blade positioning, now I want a decent fence for ripping.

Amazon has a Vega U26 for $322, and the U50 for $240. Do the Utility series fences fir the PC 3812 without a lot of drilling?

Can I get the U50 and cut down the rails leaving enough space for a router table between the rails later?


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#1 posted 707 days ago

I think you’d have a tough time putting a full size aftermarket fence on a jobsite saw like the 3812. Get a better blade, align it, and enjoy….it is what it is. If you’re truly looking for some long term upgrades, a different full size saw would make more sense IMO

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 707 days ago

The original fence on the 3812is not half bad, a fairly solid t-square thing, but it broke in the moving van. I have a 2 car garage now, but still not enough room for a full size contractors saw.

Some amazon reviewers have stated that they have put the U26 on the 3812, I guess I just want to know how much work that would be and if the U50 could be cut down a bit.

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#3 posted 707 days ago

I just heard back from the people at Vega Woodworking, and the answer is a solid “No”. Too much fence for the saw, and might shatter the aluminum top. :/

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#4 posted 576 days ago

Hi elingeniero. It’s been awhile since you posted the question,but I could’nt resist this well intended advise. I had an opportunity to use this tool for over a yr. It is the “Rousseau Porta-Max Jr”. saw stand and it includes a dead on adjustable fence of very high quality. It has a list of options,and we had the outfeed table as one of them. We used a Mikita 2704 in it,Tits as we say, this is the best portable saw setup I’ve ever used. I’m planning on giving my son the Ryobi BTS20 I’ve been using the last 6 yrs. and buying the Rousseau setup, maybe buy the PC 3812 as the motor. It’s worth a look and I hope this info can help someone who may also be considering going this way. One thing I’ve learned is there is always a better tool.Tom.

-- Tommy,Kentucky

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