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Blog entry by venicewoodworker posted 06-25-2011 08:03 PM 3463 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, so I decided to open this can of worms. If you have been reading my past entries, you know that I picked up an old Unisaw. After talking (convincing) the better half, the time has come to purchase an aftermarket fence system for it. Biesemeyer has been the one that I am leaning towards. I have never owned one, but have always wanted one. What do you guys have/recommend? Also, does a guy need the 52 inch system, or would the 30 be sufficient. I can’t think of a time where one would need to rip at 52 inches to the right of the blade. Also thinking of adding a sliding table attachment. They aren’t as expensive as I thought.



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SCOTSMAN

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 08:05 PM

Make your own biesemeyer system it’s easy enough if you can get a few pieces of metal tubing. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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richardc

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 08:23 PM

After 20 years my Biesemeyer fence is still as accurate as when installed. I would buy another one if this one wore out—but I would get the 52” this time. If you work with sheet goods—or think you might in the future—and have the space for the longer rails, buy that version.

Richard

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#3 posted 06-25-2011 08:41 PM

I have a 52” Vega fence i’ve had for 20 years and still works great.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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bigfish_95008

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#4 posted 06-25-2011 09:53 PM

Several years ago I picked up a used Unisaw w/Biesemeyer fence. It has been dead on since calibration – I still check it every time – its been a good fence.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 11:02 PM

You could as, Scotsman stated, build your own. I toyed with that idea when I had a Delta contractor saw, but when I bought my Unisaw I had a choice of fences and I chose the Biesemeyer. I went right from a figity fence that I had to toy with for every new cut to a fence where I look down at the scale with my dominate eye, line up the lines, lock the fence down with an easy twist of the wrist, and make a highly accurate cut. I am totally happy with it, and you will be also.

-- Mel,

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Cosmicsniper

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#6 posted 06-26-2011 04:25 AM

If you haven’t looked at the Incra TS-LS, then you should. It’s the best tool in my shop.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#7 posted 06-26-2011 06:25 AM

The 30” fence on my PM2000 has been great, in almost of year of use haven’t even come close to needing a 52” fence. I break down the 4×8’ sheet goods with a Skilsaw anyway.
Besides that, my shop is 1/2 of a two-car garage and the 52” fence version of the TS just wouldn’t work in that limited space.

I’m with sniper, the Incra stuff is really nice. In any case, Good Luck with the Unisaw fence decision.

-- Smitty

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venicewoodworker

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#8 posted 06-26-2011 03:56 PM

I didn’t realize that the Incra is about the same amount of scratch as the Biesemeyer. Hmmmmm.

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Cosmicsniper

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#9 posted 06-27-2011 04:20 AM

It is indeed. Of course, the joinery package adds to it, but if you want it later you can add it later.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Robw

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#10 posted 06-29-2011 07:48 PM

I agree with Miles125 the Vega is a great fence. I put one on a Craftsman contractor saw 15+ years ago and along with wheels and beefing up the flimsy legs it is a great saw for a small shop (26” rip). I like and use the micro adjustment a lot. A 52” capacity takes up a lot of space and won’t roll around as well if space is an issue.

Rob

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Bertha

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#11 posted 06-29-2011 09:30 PM

My vote would be for INCRA. My vote is so strong that I’m doing just that, forgoing the other aftermarkets for the Incra. A glorious Incra is about the same price as the Bise, a very well respected fence. The Bise is big, heavy, and solid. The Incra is, well, aluminum. But I like the flips, the stops, the microadjust, and….well, I’ll just admit it…it looks really cool. If you’ve got a router table extension wing, there’s even more possiblities and no one will argue with the Incra router setups. Whatever you decide, good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Chucks

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#12 posted 12-01-2012 11:22 PM

It’s a very good question that I’ve been looking at. The Incra is awesome. Accuracy, the ability to stay square to the blade…Pricey and takes up a lot of valuable real estate.

The rest all say that they stay square and are accurate..I’m looking at the shop Fox model W1410.

It looks pretty good. Any feed back on that one?

-- Chucks in Phoenix

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OggieOglethorpe

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#13 posted 12-02-2012 12:51 AM

Interesting take on the Incra, from someone who’s used a lot of fences:

http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/articles/impressions-incra-ls32-ts-table-saw-fence-system/

Personally, I think the Incra takes up too much real estate, and 29 inches of rip is not enough for me. I’ve used lots of Biese clones in 18 years, and can’t think of anything I want to do with a table saw that it, or some simple shop-made appliance riding on it, can’t do.

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