Let me follow up on my bandsaw query.
I went to the Woodcraft store, and looked at both the old FastTrak
bandsaw fence and new Kreg fence, side by side. You can buy the old
bandsaw fence from http://www.prairieriverwoodworking.com for
$59.99. I think they may even have seconds for $49.99. The Kreg fence
is $109.99. Here are the differences, as far as I can tell:
1) The Kreg is Blue.
Wait. There's more!
2) The Kreg has a 26" track. So this is like the large
FastTrak fence (List $99, on sale at Prairie for $79.99.
If you compare it to this fence, the Kreg is much better
for $10 more. But it's overkill for a 14" saw table.
3) The Kreg fence comes with a rule, and magnifier w/hairline
to read it.
4) The Kreg clamp is much heavier, and more stable. MORE MEAT!
5) You can adjust the Kreg fence for blade drift. I think you can
do this with the FastTrak by filing the holes oblong.
6) You can adjust the Kreg Fence to be parallel to the blade.
There are 4 nylon set screws to do this.
7) You can set the fence to a low-profile position, in cause
the fence interferes with the cool blocks.
I stared at the two fences long and hard, and bought the Kreg fence.
I know I could have saved $$ by getting the $59 version, but I didn't
want to have to fuss with it, and hate regretting a purchase. (Plus I
had a gift certificate for Woodcraft, and I wanted to use it this
Here's a quick review.
There are three sets of holes pre-drilled for (1) Jet/Rigid (2) Delta
and (3) Craftsman. You can drill new holes. I set the fence up, and
tested some thin 8" wide "veneers". Not bad for a beginner.I need to
practice some more.
The directions were a little confusing about adjusting the fence. I
think they got "front" and "back" reversed regarding the set screws.
I wish they included an allen wrench for the nylon set screws. I have
sets of Metric and English allen wrenches, but this one is an odd
size. So adjusting the fence to be parallel was tricky.
The fence is wider that I need for my 14" Jet.
I got the 7" resaw fence. It comes with 5 nylon plugs, with no
directions for their use. I figured they were placed on the bottom of
the guide, to make it slide easier. Thet fit, once I bashed them
enough with a hammer.
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