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Forum topic by Refuat posted 01-17-2015 08:08 PM 824 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2015 08:08 PM

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Hi all,

I have overloaded my shop with table saws at the moment. Normally in my shop I have a delta contractors saw with a 30” unifence. Its a good saw for me and fits well in the space I have (single car garage). I built a runoff/work table based on its size and height.

I recently picked up as part of a larger deal a unisaw with a 50” Biesemeyer fence.

I need to consolidate down to one saw and one 30” fence.

My choices seem to be:

buy a 30” Biesemeyer fence for the unisaw, sell the contractor saw and 50” Biesemeyer (more money than I want to spend)

put the 30” unifence on the unisaw QUESTION: how hard is that? what would that involve?

trade the 50” Biesemeyer for a 30” Biesemeyer and sell the contractor saw with the unifence.

Sell the unisaw and Biesemeyer fence and just continue with my old saw. and be sad.

thoughts opinions?

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#1 posted 01-17-2015 08:16 PM

Cut the biesmeyer rails on the unisaw down to fit your shop? Sell everything else.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 08:19 PM

If you like the Unifence, it’s a piece of cake to put it on the Unisaw. My first TS was the Delta CS, with a 30” Unifence. I liked it so much that when I bought a Unisaw, I went with the Unifence as well (there was a time when you could choose between it and the Bies). It will install pretty much the same on the Unisaw as it does on the CS. If you like the Bies style better, do what Elche said, cit down, and it doesn’t have to be 30””; if you can handle 35 or whatever, cut it to that.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 11:07 PM

I don’t know why the obvious seems to escape me some times…..

I guess then Ive only ever used my unifence and have never tried the Biesemeyer. I understand that it is supposed to be the best maybe some one can help me understand why?

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#4 posted 01-18-2015 12:37 AM

Biesemeyer is basically a simple to install fence and you can use it left or right of the blade. First fence to come out that was simple to use and to install. Making jigs for it is very simple.

The older Biesemeyer fences like mine are a hassle to adjust other than toe in toe out adjustments. If the fence face isn’t perpendicular to the saw table it requires some monkeying / shimming. And if the face isn’t dead flat across its length or if you want to reface it then it is a hassle to reface it. Mine isn’t flat but it is well within my tolerances. I like it but I wouldn’t call it perfect.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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