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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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
"John A. Voss" <johnvoss at spesystemsinc.com> wrote in message
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