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Forum topic by James posted 12-26-2013 02:18 AM 762 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2013 02:18 AM

I have a Jet bench top saw. It’s not a heavy duty machine by any means. It is however an upgrade from my ryobi. It’s nice and smooth, relatively new and presents only two issues. The first is the .628 miter slots. How infuriating. Second is the fence. It’s not all that square. I’ve bulked up on .628 UHMW strips so that’s solved
I guess. I’ll never have an aftermarket sled but I can live. What kind of fence systems can I install that aren’t going to cost more than the saw. I’m all about resale value. If I pay $250 for a fence, I better be able to sell it for $175 if I decide to upgrade the saw later.

-- James - Semper Fi


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#1 posted 12-26-2013 02:44 AM

Ive been wrestiling in my mind with the similar kinda thing, just hard to pull the trigger to put a $300 fence on a $300 saw. Maybe someday, but that day’s not now.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 12-26-2013 02:50 AM

Which ones are you looking at? Cheapest option I’ve found is creating one from 8020 parts. But then I might be disappointed after a $175 investment. There’s an AccuSquare thing on eBay. A “mule” fence. Around $239.

-- James - Semper Fi

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#3 posted 12-26-2013 02:56 AM

I haven’t really looked at it seriously before but I saw this Vega system on amazon for about 3 bills. I’m not one to pay less to have a harder project so I wouldn’t be likely to have to create something with parts.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#4 posted 12-26-2013 02:58 AM

I agree there. But once I start contemplating the project, I forget I don’t want to do it. The Vega fences are nice. The reviews are good too. But can you imagine a contractors portable saw with a $300 fence?

-- James - Semper Fi

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#5 posted 12-26-2013 03:16 AM

One problem is that most of the aftermarket fences are made for full size saws. It’s often very difficult to mount them to a portable saw without adding a workstation of some sort. Rousseau makes a station/fence combination that accepts portable saws.

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

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#6 posted 12-26-2013 03:59 AM

as bill murray said in stripes “a $100 shine on a $3 pair of boots)

obviously it would depend on the saw you have, but from the sounds of it Vega is pretty good about giving you some input. I have the PCB220TS that has a stock n extension table built into it, I’m not sure if you can use both or not, but hopefully I I were to want to pull the trigger I’d be able to get some input from Vega on the feasibility.

I still would be hardpressed to get an upgraded saw. The basic saw is ok enough for what I’m typically doing now and eventually will upgrade to a cabinet saw in a few years. I just see the upgraded fence keeping me from getting something a little sooner. Its pretty much just a matter of upgrading the electrical in my shop and getting my actual shop going. I’m having a similar mind wrestle right now with holding out for an 8” jointer, getting a 6” jointer or a benchtop one until I have more time/space/electrical capacity. I think an immediate need would always make it so I’m ready to make a purchase, but its a lot harder if I know something will sit in its box for months (ie my year and a half old benchtop planer that is still neatly in its box with the shipping straps still on it)

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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