Biesemeyer on a Shop Fox ???


Hey group. I'm looking at the possibility of a fence upgrade. I've got a Grizzly cabinet saw that I absolutely love, but the Shop Fox fence is, IMHO, just ok. I'm not crazy about it though. I've been hearing that a Biesemeyer fence will just drop right on to the existing Shop Fox rails, saving me a pile of cash by not having to purchase new guide rails. Does anyone have any info or experience on this ?
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The Biesemeyer "universal" will fit just about anything.
If that don't work, a drill bit will handle any other problems.
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Brian wrote:

there are a lot of bies clones out there. I'm not familiar with the shop fox, but you might want to get a look at a bies in person to see if it's going to be enough better to make you happy. if you do decide to do it, consider buying a fence only from here: http://www.biesemeyer.com/specials/index.htm there are a couple of them there right now, and if those don't fit your needs check back later...
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Brian wrote:

cursor with the big line and magnifier. I went down to my local dealer and got a biesemeyer cursor for $2.60. Now it sits just above the scale and the line is the same thickness as the scale.
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Dig around on the Biesemeyer site and you will find the dimensions of the rails and tube for both the commercial and home fence systems. Make sure your tube matches one of those sizes and that you get the correct fence for that size.
Mike O.
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I have the Bies on a Unisaw and my brother-in-law has a shop fox on his Grizzly. If it were me, I'd get the Biesemeyer rails and use them as well. The bies rails seemed much nicer to me. For example, the bies rails are not painted where the fence rides where the shop fox fence was. This means that the bies fence slides much smoother than the shop fox. I know for a fact because I tried his fence and I could tell a difference between it and my bies.
Note that this was about 6 years ago, so maybe the shop fox fence is different now, but I do remember that I dind't like the shop fox rails as much when I saw it. That's just my opinion though.
Also, if you used the bies rails, could you sell your shop fox fence as an entire unit to recoop some of your bies costs?
Mike

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My Grizzly cabinet saw (about 3 years old) has no paint on the Shop Fox fence rail. In fact, it looks like it was ground smooth or polished in some way. While I recognize that Biesemeyer is THE name in fences, I really haven't found a good reason to change out my Shop Fox. When adjusted it seems to make accurate cuts and I like the low-friction plastic faces. Perhaps one would better appreciate Biesemeyer's quality, if a side-by-side comparison were done.

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