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11-21-2013 02:53 PM

I going to purchase a new fence for my Ridgid TS.
Any recommendations?


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#1 posted 11-21-2013 03:09 PM

What is your budget?

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 03:26 PM

A couple months ago I installed a Incra Positioner fence on my table saw. It is very accurate, and repeatable and the fine adjust is incredible. I like it although I am finding it difficult to get use to. It takes some math… You always have to figure in the saw kerf width and remember to reset the fence scale every time you use the fine adjust (or remember to return the dial back to zero) or each time you change the blade. The only real downside I have found is it takes extra room because there is that long arm connected to the fence sticking out on the side of the saw. All said it is probably the most accurate fence on the market. So if you are looking for accuracy that is it.

I’ve never had a Biesemeyer fence, but have never read anything bad about them. They are a workhorse very heavily made. I think it would be a great fence. My saw came with a Biesemeyer knock-off and I can see these would be a good fence. The problem is, mine was a knock-off and not as well made as the Biesemeyer. I had a heck of a time keeping it adjusted accurately.

Another fence that I have owned is a Mule Cabinet Maker fence. In my opinion it is a great fence also and relatively inexpensive compared to the two I mentioned above and very simple to use. I liked the fence because it was easy to attach things to, like jigs and feather boards. Once set up and tuned it stayed that way.

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 04:05 PM

”What is your budget?”

$400 to $450

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 04:12 PM

”The only real downside I have found is it takes extra room because there is that long arm connected to the fence sticking out on the side of the saw.”

This was my thinking as well. There are a lot of times that I take my fence off so I’m not sure where to store something this size. Also the piece that extends across the table would interfer in my walk are if I moved it to the right side. I have some other Incra products and really like them.

Does Delta make the Biesemeyer fence? I’ll start looking for information on it.

I’ll also look up the Mule Cabinet Maker fence.

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 04:13 PM

You can get an Incra for $399 on sale.

I had one on my Steel City saw and really liked it. I bought a PM a few months ago and not sure I will got back to an Incra. I have the router fence from them and it is all what PaulDoug says it is.

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 04:14 PM

The ShopFox classic is pretty nice and bolts onto almost any model saw, or so they claim anyway.

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 05:18 PM

My default answer to this question used to be the Delta T2, since thats what I have and like…..but its currently unavailable.
This Vega looks pretty good though.
Will $450 get you into a Beisemeyer? If so, that might be the way to go.

http://www.amazon.com/Vega-PRO-40-42-Inch-40-Inch/dp/B000022621/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385054075&sr=8-2&keywords=table+saw+fence

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 05:35 PM

I just upgraded my R4512 to a Biesemeyer. $225 for the fence + $140 for the rails.

I’m pretty happy with it after a couple weeks. Although it’s not 100% perfect (see my thread about it), but it’s within the tolerances that matter to me.

Installation wasn’t too bad, I had to buy a single tap and got a set of metal drilling bits too. One thing I haven’t hooked up yet is the wings. The original ones don’t line up with the new rails out-of-the-box. I plan to just make some new ones out of melamine though.

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 05:59 PM

I have the Incra fence on my Jet saw and I really like it. It is an easy install that will go on about any saw because it only uses mounting points on the main table for mounting, so it doesn’t matter what the wings are like. It is very precise but takes a little getting use to. I have the brand new fence and rails that came with my Jet Exacta saw but I don’t think they would fit on your Rigid saw.

Earl

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#10 posted 11-21-2013 06:02 PM

For that kind of money, I would abandon the saw entirely. A used contractor saw with a T-square fence could be had for that.
I have had a few tablesaws that were fine except for the fence. However without a reliable, sturdy, accurate fence a tabesaw won’t reach its full potential.

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#11 posted 11-21-2013 07:12 PM

If you’re looking for a Delta T2 36-T30, Tool Barn (WWW.tool barn.com) is showing 22 in stock, $179. I would already have one on the way to me if funds were available. I’ve also read good things about the Vega fence to which Tedstor listed an Amazon link.

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#12 posted 11-21-2013 11:33 PM

The Delta T2 is one of the best bangs for the buck going under $200 if available. Going up the ladder, the Vega Fence systems are made in the USA, and a darn good fence and a good value….they also have one of the most effective micro adjustment mechanisms I’ve seen, and are easy to install too.

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#13 posted 11-22-2013 01:58 PM

I have been reviewing The Delta T2, Vega and Biesemeyer. My table top is 27” from front edge to back edge. With new rails installed from one of the aforementioned fences, will the fence still connect to the rear rail?

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#14 posted 11-22-2013 02:46 PM

”I have been reviewing The Delta T2, Vega and Biesemeyer. My table top is 27” from front edge to back edge. With new rails installed from one of the aforementioned fences, will the fence still connect to the rear rail?”

Yes….all the popular aftermarket fences I know of will fit a 27” deep saw. Some may/will require some drilling, others not …it depends on the fence and the saw. Cast iron drills fairly easily, so no worries there.

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#15 posted 11-22-2013 02:51 PM

I’ve been in the same boat looking for a replacement fence on my Craftsman saw. I’m leaning hard towards the T2. I know the Vega is most likely heavier duty, but I’d like to hear peoples opinions as to whether its worth paying the extra ~$100 to get the Vega instead of the T2?

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