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Forum topic by CudaDude posted 565 days ago 556 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CudaDude

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565 days ago

now that i have my TS going i need to put a fence on it. briefly thought about dropping the cash on a incra but i’m limited on space so i don’t know if it’d be worth it for me.

so… what do ya’ll recommend for a unisaw x5 3hp? i’d eventually like to incorporate my router into the TS extension.

-- Gary


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#1 posted 565 days ago

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#2 posted 558 days ago

need to get a fence on this thing. all i’m coming up with is vega, biesemeyer, and incra. looks like the biesemeyer and incra with the same rip capacity are close in $$. read up on the incra, so i know all the good points but what about the biesemeyer? read some good reviews on the biesemeyer, but haven’t seen why. what makes it almost $200 better than the vega?

-- Gary

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#3 posted 558 days ago

For a Unisaw, I’d go with a Biesemeyer; it’d feel right at home. For a cheaper alternative, have you looked into the Delta T2 fence?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 558 days ago

CudaDude, I’d be curious to know the difference myself. I went with a Vega Pro 50 (something like that,) for my Powermatic 66 and I’ve had no regrets over the last year using it. I had been looking at the ShopFox and Biesemeyer fences and the only complaint I’ve heard from others is that the Vega uses a round pipe for it’s rail while the others use square tubing which may be more, uh, not really sure… Also, the little brass piece that locks the fence down to the rail can break easily if you over tighten the lever. Frankly, you barely have to put any pressure on it for the fence to hold up to anything so just know that in advance and dont be a knucklehead with your gear. Havent had any problems with the Vega myself and think I saved $200 or so over the Biesemeyer.

Another great reason for the Vega is how simple it was to install. No drilling. Just bolt the badboy on and adjust the tape if necessary. It was square to my blade almost immediately and has stayed that way. Even after ripping/resawing heavy 4×12s. I’d buy it again for another saw without thinking twice.

There’s my 2 cents.

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#5 posted 558 days ago

I’m have had my PM 66 for 20 years it has a Biesemeyer fence and it has been rock solid for all those years I have used many saws with many fences, perhaps all of the brands that they make (except incra)and have not found a fence I like better.

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#6 posted 558 days ago

I have a T2 on my craftsman 113. Its a great fence and I’m thoroughly satisfied. It was a good choice for my saw. And at $160 shipped, it was the most practical fence for my $75 table saw.

But I couldn’t imagine buying a Unisaw and NOT installing a Biesemeyer. Afterall, a unisaw may very well be the last saw you ever buy. I’d install an equally nice fence.

Either the T2 or Bessy should be a direct bolt-on for a unisaw. And while the T2 would probably be “good ‘nuff” for a Unisaw, the Bessy would be it’s equal.

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#7 posted 558 days ago

I have never regretted buying my INCRA for one second.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#8 posted 558 days ago

My Delta saw came with the UniFence. I was told that it was the best fence. I found out that that was not the case. Do Not consider a UniFence or if you do please buy mine.

I switched to the Incra LS-TS fence and love it. I wish I could change the actual fence that the wood rides against as it is hard to add accessories that slide along the fence. But overall it IMHO has the most accuracy and repeatability anywhere.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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CudaDude

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#9 posted 558 days ago

Jesse, what is it you don’t like about the unifence? That’s what I was originally looking for, but gave up the search. If I were interested, what would you take for it?

-- Gary

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