From what I've seen, Delta is no longer offering the Unifence as an option on
the new Unisaws. Kinda tells me they've decided to phase it out, which I think
is unfortunate because like Lew I prefer it to the Biesemeyer.
See Nad. See Nad go. Go Nad!
To reply, eat the taco.
Instead of phasing it out, maybe they need to redesign the handle/
alignment/locking mechanism, on the latest model(s), better. I have 2
Unisaws, one with the old Unifence and one with the newest model
Unifence. The old model is much more convenient, slips on the rail
easy, and the handle locks in place easy.... all one motion. With the
newer one, you have to mess with the handle to get it to slide onto
the rail, mess with the handle for it to be positioned right to align
the locking mechanism inside the rail, before it will lock into place
properly. I haven't looked at the insides to see what differences are
there, but I've had the newer fence for over a year and it's still
aggrevating to align and lock the thing, all in one motion, as with
the old fence. Additionally, if you need to move the newer fence,
some tinkering with the handle is needed before everything is in place/
aligned, again, for locking it, again.
Possibly, my discomfort with it, is that, the handle part feels limp,
as if unattached (? you have to feel it to know). Once everything is
in place for locking, then it feels properly attached to its
framing.... and the handle doesn't engage (lock securely) until the
handle lever is pressed all the way down (90° to the table
surface).... this is an awkward position to have to push the handle
to. The older unit's handle angle, when locked, is 45° down from the
table surface.... that "feel" is much better.
When I'm working, I want to set the measure, lock and cut.... It's/
I'm that fast with the older unifence. With the newer fence, I'm
having to fondle it, before locking and cutting... by then, I find my
train of thought, for running the cut, interrupted a bit. That slight
hesitation is aggrevating, sometimes.
Newer is not always better.
I've never used a Biesemeyer. Not that I prefer a Unifence. I
started with a Unifence and just stayed with it. From what I have
read, seen... all but experience, I'm sure the Biesemeyer is just as
I've gotten off the original topic. However, my new Unifence is set
for left of the blade and the old fence is set for right of the blade,
i.e., either one for using on each side of the blade on both my left
tilt or right tilt saws.
From Delta's web site (note the post date):
Older episodes show norm using a biesmeyer fence while more current ones
show a unifence..i have used both it seems the biesmeyer holds a slight
advantage only because shop-built jigs are much easier to make....why
norm's change to the unifence?????
Well, we've changed fences again... We now have gone back to the
Biesemeyer. It is easier to fit most appliances to although we will miss
the Unifence system in certain operations."
I feel just the opposite.
I've used a Bies on the job for years and had a Uni at home. I always
found it a PITA to remove the fence from the arm and re-attach it to
the other side to cut left of the blade. I would find myself doing
anything to keep from cutting left of the blade. I finally sold it
and bought another Bies for home.
I do think they are both good fences though.
If I spent more than 2-3 minutes making the conversion, I was probably
SFWIW, I'm NEVER in a hurry around a T/S.
Guess it's a matter of "Whatever floats uour boat".
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