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Forum topic by Bobmedic posted 09-16-2013 06:50 PM 3826 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bobmedic

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09-16-2013 06:50 PM

I have been contemplating getting a new fence system for my table saw and wondered which fence would be the best/easiest to install with the least amount of modification. I like the t-tracks in the stock fence for attaching jigs and fixtures but thats about it. I would like a self squaring fence that doesn’t clamp on the back rail. Any suggestions?

-- Save lives, ease suffering, reduce morbidity and mortality, stomp out pestilence and disease, postpone the inevitable, and fake compassion. The Paramedics Creed


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 06:55 PM

I know you are not going to like this, but it could be cheaper to buy a used Jet/Delta etc contractors saw with a T-square style fence. The fancy aftermarket fences are expensive.

A good fence does make all the difference.

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 08:07 PM

I suppose if you put a Mercedes engine in a Yugo, it would drive somewhat like a Mercedes; till something else broke or the wheels fell off, anyway.
Just saying.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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Bobmedic

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 08:26 PM

I realize that the saw is not top notch but it has been a good saw for me. I have seen where people have upgraded their fences for about 150 dollars. I have made other modifications to the saw like putting in a router table in the extension wing and I’m almost done making a fold out outfeed table. So, for now and the foreseeable future I will be using this saw.

-- Save lives, ease suffering, reduce morbidity and mortality, stomp out pestilence and disease, postpone the inevitable, and fake compassion. The Paramedics Creed

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toolie

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 08:50 PM

vega 40 or delta t2 (hard to find these days). or pick from these shop fox offerings:

http://www.grizzly.com/search/search?q=shop%20fox%20fence%20system&cachebuster=8769374366384000

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Bobmedic

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#5 posted 09-16-2013 08:56 PM

@toolie, thank you for the link. I have been searching for a Delta t-2. They are hard to find.

-- Save lives, ease suffering, reduce morbidity and mortality, stomp out pestilence and disease, postpone the inevitable, and fake compassion. The Paramedics Creed

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 09:28 PM

Don’t know what kind of Craigslist offerings you have in your area, but I picked up the Shop Fox Classic for $50! I’ve seen at least 1 or 2 other high quality fences on CL around Louisville.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 09-16-2013 09:33 PM

A few months ago I picked up an Emerison built 10” Craftsman for a good price, even though it needed work…

The fence I had already known was garbage because my Grandfather had left me a 1940s Craftsman 8” table saw and I put up tapping back and fourth for years and I wasn’t going to go through that again…

All I could find at the time that want $500 or more was the Vega Pro 40 and I tell you I love it, I couldn’t imagine anything tons better at any price.

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#8 posted 09-16-2013 09:40 PM

What problems are you having with the stock fence? I have a Ridgid TS3650 since 2005 and wouldn’t trade the fence that came with the saw for a T square style.

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crank49

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#9 posted 09-16-2013 09:49 PM

I was not meaning to sound like I was knocking your saw.
In fact, my remark was more directed at MY saw, which is the Sears 21833, same saw as the Ridgid 4512.
I have the well documented alignment defect in my saw which Ridgid pretends does not exist.
But, anyway, I would not want to loose the fence that came with my saw, it’s the only part that works well.
If you don’t have the alignment problem you have a pretty good saw, actually very good for the money..

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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Bobmedic

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#10 posted 09-16-2013 10:01 PM

Alan, The problems I have with the fence are that I have to double pump the clamp handle or it can be locked down out of square. Not by much but it can vary from .010 to .030 out of square. Crank, I have heard about the alignment issues with that saw and the craftsman. I have a dial indicator that I use for set ups and I don’t have that issue. I’m one of the lucky ones I guess. This saw has been a huge improvement over my previous Craftsman direct drive table saw. One day I would like to upgrade to a cabinet saw but for now this will do. Charles, I have been scouring craigslist for a while now. None in my area but I will keep looking. I will look into the vega 40.

-- Save lives, ease suffering, reduce morbidity and mortality, stomp out pestilence and disease, postpone the inevitable, and fake compassion. The Paramedics Creed

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toolie

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#11 posted 09-17-2013 01:06 AM

I have to double pump the clamp handle or it can be locked down out of square.

any chance for a brief video of this happening on your saw? i ask as many users of earlier ridgid fences expressed dissatisfaction when it was their technique in locking the fence that was causing many of the lock down alignment issues. on my ridgid 2412 OEM fence (which clamps front and rear like the 4512 fence), the fence head must be pushed into the face of the front fence rail to square it to the fence rail prior to lock down. that OEM fence of mnie is as good as the delta t2 i have on a related c-man 113 series contractor saw.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Bobmedic

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#12 posted 09-17-2013 01:12 AM

Toolie, I suppose that technique would work, I’ll have to try that. I usually just push the handle down most of the way and then release it and push it down again. That usually squares it up. But I will try pushing it forward to register it square before locking it down. This was really the only complaint I have about this fence. I didn’t have any of the issues other people have near the seam in the front rail. Thanks for the heads up.

-- Save lives, ease suffering, reduce morbidity and mortality, stomp out pestilence and disease, postpone the inevitable, and fake compassion. The Paramedics Creed

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