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Forum topic by TopShelf posted 02-14-2013 12:08 PM 941 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2013 12:08 PM

Hi folks,
I think I’ve decided on a Grizzly G1023 model, not sure exactly which one yet, but I’m getting closer. Seems as though it comes with a Shop Fox Classic fence. Is this fence “good enough” or will I want an aftermarket fence that offers more precision and reliability, I do not want to have to worry about constantly adjusting and checking this thing. I like all of you want to be able to set the darned thing and TRUST that it will stay put without wandering off on it’s own.

What fences would you folks recommend? I’ve seen some pretty big price differences in some of the brand names…..

Thank you

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 02:25 PM

If you want to keep the price low but still have a really nice fence, the Delta T2 is a good deal. If you are looking for a little more precision (and price) there is the Delta BC-30 with rails

For the utmost of precision, ease of installation, and wallet crushing price, look into the Incra LS-TS fence system.


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#2 posted 02-14-2013 02:34 PM

Not sure about the fences you’ve listed. I have a Vega on my 80’s Craftsman. WOW! This thing is dead on and installs very easy. I don’t worry about checking and the micro adjust is sweet. Once you have it zero’d in, you can just use the scale after that. I do check every now and then (out of habit), and it’s still right where it’s supposed to be.

Plus they’re made in the USA and their customer support is great too.

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 03:15 PM

I like the vega pro systems, but I think the delta options are better and a better value. The vega fence lock mechanism requires some tweaking in a lot of cases. There are tons of complaints that the fence goes out of square when clamped down. The fix is to simply reverse the lever to lock when pushed up, not pushed down.


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#4 posted 02-14-2013 03:29 PM

I bought a G1023 a few months ago and have been pleased w/ the stock fence. It’s nothing fancy, but aligned easy and I do not have drift issues.

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 08:30 PM

I would highly recommend that you align the stock fence in accordance with the vendor recommendations and suggestions found here and on other forums. Try it out for a while and see how it performs. A high quality after market fence can be a considerable investment, which might not be necessary if the stock version will meet your usage requirements and performance expectations.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 09:15 PM

I’ve owned a General T-fence, Biesemeyer Commercial fence, Vega U26, Shop Fox Classic, and now have a Jet Xacta II. The SF Classic is a good copy of the Biese IMO, and a lot of people really like it. The Biese and Xacta have slightly nicer fit and finish, but functionally they’re all pretty equivalent. At even money, I prefer the Biese or Xacta II, but you could drop a good chunk of money for not much of an upgrade IMO. I think it’d take a radically different fence, like the Incra to be worth changing, and even then, the Incra has some quirks of it’s own that you may or may not be ok with. You can’t buy the Griz without the fence, so give it a try… might love it. If it’s not up to your expectations, you can always sell it and buy something else later on.

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#7 posted 02-15-2013 03:02 AM

Great advice folks. I think that I’ll stick with the Shop Fox and like ya’ll say, give it a shot; if it doesn’t meet my needs I could always try to sell it.

I was a little concerned about lack of micro adjustment, did some poking around and found this little gadget at Rockler:

Further on down in the reviews a fella shows a nice example of making a homemade one, something like this combined with a Wixley digital gauge and I’ll be fine.

Thanks a million for the replies

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#8 posted 02-15-2013 01:03 PM

I use this with my 1023 and shop fox fence:

I could not be happier with the setup. It takes all of about 10 minutes to install because the shop fox rails have bolt holes in the appropriate location already.

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