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Forum topic by mzimmers posted 05-01-2015 04:48 PM 1086 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mzimmers

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05-01-2015 04:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw biesemeyer rails

Hi -

I have a Delta 36-31X that I’d like to “promote” to a 31-51X by replacing the fence rails with the longer ones. I am having trouble verifying a part number for these, though.

I found these on Amazon:

52 inch rails

but it’s not clear that these are the right ones.

Does anyone know a source for the correct rails for my saw? Thanks.

-- M. Zimmers


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 05:32 PM

What model? There is no 36-31X that I can find – are you talking about the 36-5100 (and ‘upgrading’ to a 36-5152)?

Anyway, you could always contact Delta and ask :)

Another alternative would be to just get some angle iron and tube from your local metal supplier and make the rails any length you want. Would be much cheaper and allow you to size it to your needs. You could probably sell your existing rails to cover the cost, making it basically a free upgrade :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 05:37 PM

If you feel like making your own, it doesn’t look to difficult

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSRXU59DCHw

This might save you a large amount of money if you feel like going this direction.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 05:57 PM


What model? There is no 36-31X that I can find – are you talking about the 36-5100 (and upgrading to a 36-5152)?

The “X” on the model number was some marketing gimmick…I don’t remember the details, but it is essentially the same saw.


Anyway, you could always contact Delta and ask :)

Another alternative would be to just get some angle iron and tube from your local metal supplier and make the rails any length you want. Would be much cheaper and allow you to size it to your needs. You could probably sell your existing rails to cover the cost, making it basically a free upgrade :)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Thanks for the suggestions…I’ll look at some raw metal this weekend, though I suspect the cost isn’t going to be a lot less than the stuff on Amazon, given what’s happened to the price of steel and iron the last 10 years…

-- M. Zimmers

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#4 posted 05-01-2015 06:17 PM

Second shop I worked at the boss bought the tube and angle and made it 96” to the right of the blade. Nothing special from Bez.

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#5 posted 05-01-2015 07:22 PM

The “X” on the model number was some marketing gimmick…I don’t remember the details, but it is essentially the same saw.

Got it.. you left out the “L” so I didn’t think you were talking about a Unisaw. I think you will find that purchasing the angle and tube will be significantly cheaper than buying the Biesemeyer branded metal… just don’t buy it at some place like Home Depot or Ace Hardware :)

For example, I have the commercial Bies fence, which uses 1/4” 2X3 angle, which might be bigger than what you have on yours (I think they came with the ‘home shop’ version, although I do believe there was a BC50 version also available). Online, a 6 foot piece is roughly $20, and the 2×3 tube is about twice that price, give or take a few bucks. I don’t know what my local welding supplier prices are, but I can’t imagine they are that much higher (if at all).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#6 posted 05-02-2015 03:37 AM

Man Brad, you got a deal. I replaced my from Delta and it was way higher than $20. I stuck with a factory fence to make sure I got the same bolt pattern and everything lined up correctly. I want to say it was the one I got was the other side of $100 or more.

M.Z, I called the customer service at Delta and talked to a honest to gosh live person who knew what he was talking about when I ordered my stuff. There are so many models and I was certain a mistake could be made real easily. The Guy I talked with was really helpful and knew his stuff. He went out of his way and got the part I needed in short order.

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 05-02-2015 03:48 AM

Man Brad, you got a deal. I replaced my from Delta and it was way higher than $20.

LOL – I was talking prices of generic angle iron from a metal supplier, not factory rails :)

Of course, going the generic angle iron route, you will need to drill your own holes, and grind down a little area for the miter track, but that’s pretty trivial to do.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#8 posted 05-02-2015 05:05 PM

I was going to mention buying a 2”x3” tube from a metals supplier, but the problem with that is; the Biesemeyer rails have a surface ground on three sides to provide a smooth surface for the fence head to ride. Commercial steel tube has a hot rolled surface finish and would be too rough for smooth motion. You might get some pressure sensitive slick polyethylene tape and apply to the tube. I checked several places that carry parts for the Biesemeyer fences and none of them had the tube. Most were no longer available.

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