I posted a message asking for impressions or pitfalls of installing a
Unifence on a Jet Contractor saw. There is little specifics in the
archives and I recieved no response to the post. Which I guess, would
indicate this is an unusual combo.
I purchased a new, 'dinged' 52" Unifence with the looong Aluminum
fence a few weeks ago from a local retailer for $75. The 'ding' is a
chip in the top of the front rail at the 52" end about 1/8" x 3/8".
The fence came with 3 bags of nuts and bolts, but lacked the mdf
tables, suppport rails and legs.
At the local steel supply I found the iron I needed for $0.25 a pound
and walked out $14 lighter with more than enough material for the
supports and legs. Found a 4x6 (?) misman sheet of 3/4" doug-fir bcx
for $12 and a 3x8 sheet of a lovely mauve formica laminate for the top
at $9. Needed ~$5 in additional nuts and bolts.
Since I didn't have the tables, making them was the first step.
Dimensions for the right side are provided in the Delta instructions
and work for the Jet as well. No surpise there.
Installing the fence was a snap. The only modification to the saw
needed is; the two front holes where the Jet Fence bolted to the cast
top are threaded, these needed to be drilled to 3/8". Plus I needed
1.5 x 3/8 bolts instead of the supplied bolts to install the fence to
the cast iron top on the Jet. That is literally the only mod needed
to install the fence.
This fence is awesome. My brother and I both have the Jet and clamp
the back end down of the Jet Fence when making rips. The Unifence is
much more stable and a nice stout piece of work. I was going to cut
the 52" rail down to 30" so I wouldn't have to take up the additional
room in my work space for the 52" rail. My brother convinced me to
keep it at 52". Good idea. Makes cutting sheet goods much nicer.
Hope this might help someone else considering the Unifence for thier