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athomas5009

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134 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: amazon sale blow out table saw fence table saw fence vega pro 50 tablesaw

Hello fellow Jocks I was browsing Amazon today while on the porcelain thrown and noticed that the Vega Pro 50 was deeply discounted through 3/17. Base Price is $408.00 on sale for $256.00 They commonly have it on sale around the $300 range but this is the lowest I’ve seen it go. So for those of you who have been thinking about up grading your TS fence this is a great opportunity to get a pro grade fence at a killer price.

I’ve had my eye on this fence since Xmas and this is the type of deal I’ve been waiting for but unfortunately being a broke nursing student with a family I just don’t have the money ATM. So unless I can talk a couple family members into getting it as a group gift for my Bday I’m SOL. Just figured I’d post this for those in a similar situation so you don’t miss out.

Regular price – $408
Sale price – $256
Savings – $156

Andrew

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.


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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 134 days ago

Great price. If I had the room, I’d love to get this fence. This is actually cheaper than the Vega 40, which is the one on my wish list. I’ve heard good things about them.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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knotscott

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#2 posted 134 days ago

Nice deal for sure. The Vega Pro 40 is on sale for $266….it’s intuitively less of a bargain than the Pro 50, but if you don’t have the space, it’s the same fence and is still a great deal. If you’re contemplating one of these fences, I wouldn’t procrastinate because Amazon is known to change prices pretty quickly.

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

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lightcs1776

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#3 posted 134 days ago

Yeah, the 40 is usually $278. Saving $12 just isn’t enough to get me in trouble with the wife by placing the order. But thanks.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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ol104

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#4 posted 134 days ago

I am still using the Bies style fence that came with my General Int contractor saw. Would this be much of an upgrade aside from the added length?

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lightcs1776

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#5 posted 134 days ago

OL104, For those like myself, who have the original Craftsman fence, the system provides the ability to make accurate and repeatable cuts. If your current fence does that, then the only thing this would provide is the ability to cut boards to a very wide width. Personally, 36” of cut to the right of the blade is my version of perfect. My fence only cuts 24” to the right, and takes quite a bit of careful measuring and tapping to adjust it for an accurate cut, and this has to occur on every change of width.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#6 posted 134 days ago

My current fence will top out at 31-32” to the right of the blade so the added capacity would be nice. It would save me from having to rely on my circ saw and straight edge for making panels wider than 32”. I just wasnt sure if the Vega system is viewed more favorably than standard Bies style fence systems.

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knotscott

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#7 posted 134 days ago

“Would this be much of an upgrade aside from the added length?”

As always, it’s a matter of opinion….you’d be gaining a microadjuster, and giving up a few subtleties…..just not worth doing IMO. The General T-fence is a really good fence.

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

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ol104

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#8 posted 134 days ago

Thanks for the opinion LJ’s. The General has been a very good to great saw so far although i have been getting the bug to upgrade, mainly due to the 30” fence rails. By upgrading to the 50”, it should appease my big upgrade am,bitions for at least a little while longer. I have the space for the 50” since my shop is in the basement (which is also a deterrent to the cabinet saw upgrade).

Any thoughts on what would be a good asking price for the General T and rails if i were to sell it? My initial thoughts are around $150…too high or too low?

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lightcs1776

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#9 posted 134 days ago

OL, you might be able to get a longer rail system to give you the added capacity. I know some folks have even made rails from angle iron. I would guess it would be a lot cheaper than a new fence system. Also, take KnottScott’s advice over mine. I’ve done a lot of reading about fences, but I’m cheap so I haven’t spent the money on a good fence. Therefore, I can speak from only research, while he will be able to speak from experience.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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athomas5009

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#10 posted 134 days ago

Ol104 – I guess in your case it comes down to weather or not you would be able make and install sufficent quality self made 50” rails easily enough to justify the savings of taking on the task. I haven’t done much metal work and don’t have many metal working tools so to me it wouldn’t be worth it.

As far as quality of the Vega Pro and how it differs from Biesy style fences. From my research which I’ve don’t a substantial amount. The Biesy is a lil beefier and stout but is 200-300 more for a complete set up. The Vega is more than sturdy enough and let’s you have the option of micro adjustment all while saving a good amount of cash. I’ve also never ran across a review where one was broken or the buyer reverted it. The only things I’ve heard against it is that some prefer the other various style fences a lil better.

Either way you go your not in a bad spot to start. I have a craftsman 213. With what is perhaps the worst fence system ever to come with a contractor style or better type saw.

Andrew

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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ol104

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#11 posted 133 days ago

Im in the same boat as you Andrew. My experience working with metal consists of cutting t-track for jigs, etc. I would not feel comfortable relying on any type of rails I “made”. I looked around on Amazon for just rail kits but can only find Biesmeyer brand for literally $259 which is the same price as the Vega fence system. Still debating on which route to take. I have a few Amazon gift cards that are burning a hole in my pocket. I can take the plunge and get the Vega, try to find cheaper T style rails, or keep saving….

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Shawn Masterson

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#12 posted 133 days ago

I have a shop fox T-square I picked up from CL for $75. Now the bad, it was made for a delta contractors saw and had 30” rails. New rails were almost as much as a new fence. To boot the main piece of tube was a bastard size (2×2 3/8). 2 1/4 it wouldn’t lock down on and 2 1/2 wouldn’t fit, I made countless calls and no one had the tube I needed. I called a friend and had him bend me up two pieces of 12 gauge steel to make an L shape measuring 1 7/8×2 1/4. When I tacked them up so they were exactly the right size. Now all I had to do was weld them up. It took 3 hours to weld them up and not over heat the steel (that causes warping). after that I had to grind the welds down so it looked like a factory made tube. It took a lot of time, but I now have a T- square fence on my PM66 that can cut 54” to the right of the fence.

The moral of the story if you have more time than money then go the long way. Usually the journey is as much fun as the destination.

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lightcs1776

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#13 posted 133 days ago

Shawn, that’s me … more time than money. However, even if there are funds available, I prefer quality used gear. I don’t care about shiny, I care about functionality.

Edit: That said, if I were looking for a 50” fence system, I’d get this one. It will likely be hard to find a good used one substantially cheaper.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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knotscott

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#14 posted 133 days ago

I think $150 for a General T-fence is a fair asking price. If your General (General International?) saw is left tilt you should be able to slide the rails to the right for additional rip capacity. If it’s right tilt, you can still slide the rails more to the right, but you’ll lose your left side rip capacity for bevel cuts.

I’m surprised that the General rails were different than the Biese…..they actually made the Biese fences for Biesemeyer at one time.

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

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athomas5009

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#15 posted 133 days ago

ol104 – Even though I have little experience with metal I’m sure I could do the job adequately given the time, proper equipment, and some f#ck-ups. I prefer to do my own work and love the challenge of teaching myself a new skill. This is usually my preferred method of learning. But along the way I’ve also learned there’s a point of deminishing returns. In this case it would be time without a fence/cost of equipment vs learning new skill.

An option worth some thought for you would be to swoop up the Vega Pro and sell you Biesy clone on ebay / CL. I think you could get at least 150 – 200 for it no problem with just a cleaning and pics. In fact lightcs1776 was looking for a quality smaller fence

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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