Chopping 52" Biesmeyer Fence to 30"

I have a Biesmeyer 52" Home Fence I bought 10 years ago for another purpose. I don't need 52". Rather than buy a 30" fence I was considering chopping off (with hacksaw) the fence to 30". Is this a crazy idea. Unless someone talks me out of it, I'll probably do this.
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How about another set of square tubes? Either from Bies, or the local square metal tube supplier?
Patriarch
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Jerry wrote:

Believe it or don't but I had the very same dilemma right down to the fence selection (HomeShoppe Biesenheimer) and reason for cutting. Try as I might I went about looking for someone to trade (1) but came up zip/zilch/nadda/nuttin'.
Then one day in a flurry of cranial (or was it carnal) activity a solution presented itself. I situated the saw with the right hand (from the operator's side) side table against the wall of my shoppe. Sure I couldn't play Ring Around The Rosey (2) around the saw no more but then I never did in the first place.
I've not looked back/love it/wouldn't have it any other way.
Oh, and back to your question, no it's not a crazy idea but give it a go another way before loading the Bosch jig saw up with a metal cutter blade. Also, consider only cutting the tube down as much as you need it. In other words, no where does it say that the tube should be 30".
(1) I finally met local hobbyist wooddorker Restoration Rick Chamberlain as a result of this.
(2) Google the origins of this one for an eye opener.
UA100
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I'd be willing to bet that there's someone out there with the opposite problem that would swap.
jim bailey

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Jim Bailey responds:

Depends on where he is. I've got a 30" Biese commercial that is almost brand new. I have room for a 50", though I don't really need it. The swap might be interesting, though I'd have to build a table...then again, that might be handy for other things.
Charlie Self "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward." Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio address, Oct. 26, 1939
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I'm sure that somebody with a 30" Bies would be happy to trade with you. I have a Shop Fox Classic and am not sure they are compatible. Otherwise, I would be that somebody.
Good luck.
Eric

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I believe the Shop Fox is compatible with the commercial Biesemeyer, with a 2"x3" tube and a 42" fence bar vs. the 1.5"x2.5" of the Home Shop.
Charlie

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I just recently bought the 50" fence with my unisaw and didn't like the fact that I couldn't push the end of the saw against my shop wall since the rail extended about 6" past the end. I cut it off flush and also cut off about 4" on the left side and have no regrets. I cut mine off with a metal cutting blade in my mitre saw.
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Better yet, you could do what my late father did for me. Cut the rail very accurately, then have block welded in that just fits but projects out 1/2". Have the block drilled and tapped. Then do a similar operation to the cutoff piece, but not threaded and a larger size bore. Make some large bolts with threaded rod. You can then bolt the section on when you need the extra capacity. The rail on the back of my saw is similar, but obviously isn't needed for the Biesemeyer style fence.
Regards, Roger
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