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 ?
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:
there are a couple of them there right now, and if those don't fit your
needs check back later...
What do you not like about it. When I got mine I could not stand the
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.
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.
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
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?
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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