I am trying to decide between two fences. I currently own both but need to sell one. Benefits wise, I like the Vega because I feel I get the same results with a lighter weight package and with a few extra features. However, the Biesemeyer is the Biesemeyer for a reason. This is for use in a home/garage shop.
Both offer 52” rip capacity. Whichever one I keep will get the extension table that is currently pictured on the Bessy.
+ Biesemeyer name/reputation. Higher resale value.
+ A few extra inches of rip to the left of the blade.
+ Rear rail is primarily an extension table support as is very strong at that.
+ Extension table support is likely stronger due to the “L” steel mounting hardware for the fence (aka what makes the entire fence system so heavy).
- Weighs a lot.
- Rear of the fence does not ride on the rear rail and cannot utilize a hold down to the rear rail.
+ Lighter than the Bessy.
+ Micro adjustment.
+ Top of fence has a channel for attaching accessories.
+ Rear of fence rides on rear rail. Resulting in fence sitting slightly above the table for smooth sliding.
+ Rear of fence can utilize a hold down to the rear rail.
+ More compact for similar ripping capacity.
- Does not have the “Bessy” reputation.
- Lower resale value.