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04-24-2015 04:56 PM

I found a guy locally selling a Delta Unifence and a new fence off a Steel City saw, which I’ll link below. I’m going to see him later today, but I know little to nothing about either fence.

I know that there are people who love the unifence and despite its odd design, its known to be very accurate. I know even less about the SC fence. It looks to be a biesemeyer clone of sorts, but what about it’s quality? I’ll be replacing the stock fence on an R4512, so I’m sure either is better. Any opinions?

SC fence – http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/T-Square-rip-fence-for-tablesaw_24947890
Unifence – http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/Delta-unifence_24947850


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#1 posted 04-24-2015 05:04 PM

Never used a unifence. Bies clone for me.

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#2 posted 04-24-2015 05:05 PM

The Unifence is very versatile with it’s dual height sliding fence face and t-slots for additional accessories… I’ve known people who ditched their Biesemeyer fences and replaced with a Unifence (and I know others who have gone the other way as well). The t-square fence, being brand new is tempting though. I’d probably go with the Unifence as they are getting pretty rare these days and much sought after, but that’s just me.

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 04-24-2015 05:14 PM



The Unifence is very versatile with it s dual height sliding fence face and t-slots for additional accessories… I ve known people who ditched their Biesemeyer fences and replaced with a Unifence (and I know others who have gone the other way as well). The t-square fence, being brand new is tempting though. I d probably go with the Unifence as they are getting pretty rare these days and much sought after, but that s just me.

Cheers,
Brad

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The general consensus I’ve gotten online is just that. I just don’t know if the SC is a quality Biese clone which makes me lean towards the Delta.

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#4 posted 04-24-2015 05:15 PM

If I had been able to use both sides of my brain when I bought my 36-953 I’d a gone with the uni instead of the biesemeyer. The uni just looked tiny and wrong and the biesemeyer looked strong and right.

It wasn’t till I got picky about performance and finished product that I discovered the limitations of the biesemeyer.

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#5 posted 04-24-2015 05:21 PM

Here is an article in Popular Woodworking about table saw safety and fences…
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/table-saw-safety-why-the-british-think-were-crazy

Note: The comment about “This style of fence was once available on this side of the Atlantic from Delta…” is specifically referencing the Unifence, although not by name.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 04-24-2015 05:32 PM



Here is an article in Popular Woodworking about table saw safety and fences…
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/table-saw-safety-why-the-british-think-were-crazy

Note: The comment about “This style of fence was once available on this side of the Atlantic from Delta…” is specifically referencing the Unifence, although not by name.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Thanks for linking that. The part where the writer said “While it’s easy to poke fun at the British for their quaint use of our language,” made me laugh though. I found this link which also makes me lean towards the Delta.http://christophermerrill.net/ww/shop/bigafence.html

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#7 posted 04-25-2015 06:59 PM

The guy ended up selling the unifence before I got there so I got the SC fence instead. It’s not the quality of a unifence, but is still far better than what I have and the price was right. Thanks for the help.

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