I have seen so many comments here on rip fences. Most were to buy a better
one than what comes with the table saw.Why?
I have a Jet contractors saw. I can cut veneer strips to 3/64 inch. I think
it is all in the set up of the saw when new. What am I missing? WW
Because some OE fences are not so good, or are horrible. For example,
the fence that cmae with my Crafstman 1983 vintage 10" contractors saw
was horrible. My Vega aftermarket made a world of difference.
I'm not an expert, but I have a Biesemeyer (sp?) fence on my Delta hybrid
saw. It is nice to set the width of cut with the gage and not to have to
measure from blade tooth to fence every time. You probably never had a
really bad rip fence, where you had to measure front and back and
tap-tap-tap for every setup.
Don't think that every fence is as good as the one on your saw. Many are
rather crappy, difficult to set accurately, flex, won't hold a setting. My
first saw was a cheap one and the fence was horrid. Of course, the fence on
your saw is probably more costly than the entire setup I had.
My Delta Contractor saw came with a decent rip fence. Much better
than the Craftsman fence/saw I tried briefly. But the Delta standard
contractor fence only went to 25 inches. Replacement Biesmeyer home
model went to 52 inches. Its a very nice fence. The original Delta
fence would have worked fine and dandy I suspect. But the Biesmeyer
Apparently they changed the Delta fences between the mid 1950s and
early 1990s. The basic fence on the early 1990s Contractor saw was
OK. It worked. Clamped front and rear tubes. Stayed fairly
parallel. The Biesmeyer is better but the Delta fence was OK.
On 7/3/2011 3:57 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'd guess the rotten Delta fences were the primary reason Biesmeyer
developed his fence and why Delta bought it off him. The old fences
sucked, plain and simple. Yes, they stayed fairly parallel once you got
them there, but were a bitch and a half to put on and remove. The new
Delta (Biesmeyer) style fences go on and off easily, stay perfectly
parallel just from the front clamp, and measuring marks are perfect with
little need for hand measuring. The two main advantages however are
easy removal and w/o the rear tube clamp it's a snap to add a rear table.
Also the simplicity of the new fences vs the complexity of the old style
is a beautiful example of the KISS principle at work.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
I don't think anyone would suggest you automatically replace your
fence. If you are satisfied, keep it. But there are some "stock"
fences that kinda suck. Sears put quite a few of them on Craftsman
saws. On the other hand, Grizzly installs Shop Fox Classic and the
Aluminum Classic on several of their cabinet and contractor's saws --
good fences for anybody's money.
Good is relative. Sometimes you don't realize the limitations of a tool
until you own a better one. However, I imagine a Jet stock fence would
be a lot better than the average back-of-the-truck 10" contractor table
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