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Blog entry by trophyjoe posted 09-05-2015 02:40 PM 1106 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hate my unifence. I added the Uni-T-Fence from ttrackusa and it’s a decent upgrade. But the back side is still messy, not at all like the Biesemeyer. Anyone using the Unifence knows what I mean.

Tripped over this from http://lumberjocks.com/mistuhd

http://widgets.lumberjocks.com/project/109032.jpg

Been bouncing this same design between my ears for months but never executed.

mistuhd: You get the glory. Now that you’ve done all the heavy lifting, I can build mine, no sweat. Bravo!

http://www.ttrackusa.com/unifence.htm



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shipwright

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#1 posted 09-05-2015 10:28 PM

I’ve had my Unifence for about ten years and absolutely love it. What can you possible not like about it?
My personal favourite thing is the ability to pull it back for multiple short cutoffs without risking kickbacks.
I also like the ability to set the edge low for more room near the blade.

I’m not one who clamps things to my fence often but don’t have any trouble doing so when I need to.

I am interested in your answer, just haven’t heard complaints before.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Richard H

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#2 posted 09-05-2015 11:23 PM

I’m not sure what you mean by “the back side is still messy” except that the arm that holds the fence can get in the way sometimes of jigs and clamps. I have the same Uni-T-Fence and really like the channels but the original fence has some nice features as well so I keep it near by to swap out as needed. The one thing I didn’t like about the Uni-T-Fence is that while the extrusion was flat the UHMW face on my was not. I ended up shiming the center of the face out a bit because it was cupped slightly in the center. The Biesemeyer style is a better fence for sure but I hardly hate the one I have. It’s a rock solid performer that does what it’s suppose to very well. Mine never wanders once it’s locked and stays parallel to the blade no matter where I adjust it.

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trophyjoe

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 12:34 AM

Anyone: OK, I deserve that; it’s just that I really needed to vent. Please forgive my exaggeration. I’ve been using a pattern jig lately and found it a bit of a pain to attach to the Unifence. Here’s the jig from the old Delta “Getting the Most” series.

I built my first such jig for my Rockwell 9” Builders saw in 1972. The fence looked just like the POS in the pictures, but it was easy to clamp things to it. Once I had modified the pattern jig, it clamps to the Unifence with no problem.

Richard H: I was lucky; the insert on my Uni-T-Fence was straight. I kept the original and it comes in handy.

Shipwright: I don’t really hate my Unifence. As for the Biesemeyer, I have one that I used on that 9” Builders Saw. But, my Unisaw came with the Unifence and I haven’t had sufficient reason to switch it out. I too like the “pull back” feature and use it often. But there are times when it feels cumbersome compared with the “B”. Those are the moments when “I hate my Unifence”. Oh yeah, you figured out what I meant by “messy”. It was so easy to clamp stuff the Biesemeyer.

Oh and by the way, here’s why the Unifence feels cumbersome. When you need to put the fence to the left of the blade, you have to break it down and reassemble it and then reverse the process to get back to normal. It’s no reason the hate it, but it’s one reason to like the Biesemeyer. And, (fireworks and trumpets), if you build mistuhd’s jig with countersunk nuts instead of the knobs, it should work equally well on the left side of the blade! Gonna try to do that.

Thanks to all for the comments. I’m feeling much better now.

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