My wonderful wife and kids bought me one of these for my birthday
recently and it just arrived. The first shock was that taxes and
shipping and customs brokerage (plus taxes on that) to Toronto was
nearly $70CDN! (Hey Woodpecker, just MAIL it, it's much cheaper)
I installed it, tuned it up, and with the extruded aluminum fence, it
cut's 90's great.
However, there are some serious usability problems with this fence I
When you move from 90 to 45, you have to find the hex driver, loosen the
fence and move it over. Of course this screws up the '1 time alignment'
The fence itself is too short, and the expansion feature is useless. To
expand the fence, I have to find the hex driver, and loosen a screw.
And there are 3 separate friction fit scales that all have to be aligned
(and not moved) to use the measuring capability. This is definitely not
easier or more accurate than a tape measure. The scales are also too
small and hard to read.
I wouldn't rely on the built in measuring tapes for anything involving
the expansion feature.
The flip stop itself seems to work ok, but I'm not sure if I'd use the
dual arms or not. Maybe. I don't think its that much easier than a
clamp and a piece of wood.
I had hoped that the flipstop/fence would let me do without my measuring
tape and make for more accurate cuts. I seriously doubt it.
This thing is really intended to go in the left hand slot. I never use
my left hand slot, only the right one. (I don't know why, force of
habit I guess). So I figured that I could reverse the fence by taking
it apart, and I could. Except the measuring tapes (useless anyway) are
all backwards now, or upside down, I get to pick.
I took the fence off and installed a nice simple, square and LONG fence
made of MDF and formica. Zero clearance, very nice. Not quite as stiff
as the aluminum extrusion though.
I think I'll use the fence for something else, maybe for my drill press.
If I was going to do it again, I'd just get the V27 instead of the
1000SE for sure. Being in Canada, there is no cost effective way to
Does anyone out there use this fence productively? Have I completely
missed the point of it?