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Nate1

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03-25-2014 11:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: fence vega pro biesemeyer

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
+ 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.

Vega Pro
+ 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.


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NiteWalker

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 11:26 AM

I’d keep the bies.
It’s used in commercial shops for a reason.
IMHO, not riding on the rear real is a plus as it allows you to butt an outfeed table right up against the saw table. In fact, I’m modding my steel city fence so it rides on the saw table rather than the rear rail as it does now.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 11:29 AM

If cost isn’t an issue I would go with the Biesemeyer. I have never used it but it seems that it is the measuring stick to all other systems.

I have the vega pro 40 fence and I can tell you it is a rock solid fence. It rips everything perfectly out to the farthest dimension (40 inches, yep I tried it just to do it).

I do have a question for you though, how often will you need to rip to 52 inches in a home/garage shop? That seems more of a cabinet shop setting than for what I normally do. Unless you are adding a router or other such at the far end and repurposing the space. I don’t want to deter you at all, but I just want you to think about it.

Either way I think you will get a great fence.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 11:31 AM

Sorry I didn’t read clearly enough. You have both already so some of my points are moot. Pleas disregard those

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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rustynails

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 12:12 PM

I have had both and I would keep the Vega. I liked it a lot more than the Bee’s

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Nate1

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#5 posted 03-25-2014 12:15 PM

NiteWalker,
great point about an out-feed table being able to butt right up to the saw top.

Kaleb,
Having used the Bessy in a commercial cabinet shop and the Vega Pro this past summer in my garage…I am not too sure why people love the Bessy. My best guess is that it takes A LOT of abuse well, something that is not too much of an issue in my own personal shop.

Yeah the 52” is more than needed. I have the Vega setup on a Craftsman TS so that it was only 43” to the right of the blade and an extra 10” to the left to conserve space.

Another note from the commercial side, I do not believe cabinet shops tune their machines to the precision of many woodworkers…or at least not the shops I worked in. Our machinery was tuned, but for the custom cabinet work we did the precision that I strive for in my own machines was not necessary. Sound off.

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Catamount

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#6 posted 03-25-2014 12:42 PM

Hi Nate

You can recover more money from the Bessy sale and still have a great fence in the Vega. I used one for many years and never felt the need to “upgrade” to the Bessy. I think they both deliver the same end results and are built like a battleship.

If it were me, I would sell the Bessy and keep the Vega.

Al

-- Al

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bbc557ci

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#7 posted 03-25-2014 02:52 PM

Not to hijack the thread, but what’s the difference, or differences, between the Vega Pro and Vega Utility fence?

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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knotscott

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#8 posted 03-25-2014 03:04 PM

Both good fences. I have a slight preference for the Biese, but I suspect the Biese will command a higher resale price than the Vega.

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

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Nate1

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#9 posted 03-25-2014 03:36 PM

I believe the Vega Utility is a shorter fence than the Pro.

Knotscott, why the preference?

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cabmaker

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#10 posted 03-26-2014 01:28 AM

Biese for sure! Hardlly a fair contest.

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Mainiac Matt

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#11 posted 03-26-2014 01:50 AM

Never handled a Vega, but I’ve put a few miles on Biesemeyers and have refurbished a 30 year old Bies, that now runs as good as new. They are rock solid tanks.

I would count the fence not riding on the back rail as a positive and not a negative, as it makes securely attaching an outfeed table a breeze.

The Bies slides very smoothly on a Derlin pad on the underside of the fence.

I do not find tapping the Bies in increments of ~1/64” to be any problem at all.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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CrazeeTxn

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#12 posted 03-26-2014 01:56 AM

When I was searching for a fence, I was given basically the two options you already have. Ended up with the Vega Pro and am extremely pleased with it.

If you’re looking to sell one, obviously the Bies will probably get you more money because of the name and you’ll still be left with a rock solid fence.

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