I am looking at the vega UM50XXX table saw fence. The few comments i can
find make it sound like the best thing since sliced bread.
I am looking to put it on my 8 year old Delta contractor saw. I don't do
enough to justify a Unisaw but I want better results than I am getting (and
easier setup) with the old stock fence. I looked at the Biesemeyer and the
Unifence, but they seem like putting way too much money into a fairly
I use the Pro 50" Vega. Don't think for a second that Vega is any less in
quality than a unifence or Bies. In fact, IMHO Vega's are the best. Mine
is setting on a 30 yr old Rockwell TS and the fence is almost that old.
Although i recently had to "straighten" the fence as it had a hard life
before i bought it, it's still rock solid, operates smoothly, and is
completely dependable. I've never been disappointed with it in any way and
doubt you will be either. --dave
I've got the 50'' on my Griz 1022. Like it. A lot. The only drawback that
bugs me is the rear rail. An outfeed tabe can't butt right up on the saw
table because you need space for the fence to ride on the rail. The Biese
rides on the table so that's not a problem.
And the scale isn't placed right so I can zero it on the saw, and it's
not moveable, so I had to zero it at one-half inch when the fence is
right on the blade, and adjust for exactly one-half inch extra when I set
Otherwise, I've got no complaints. I've had it a couple years, adjusted
it when I installed it, adjusted it once since then. Still gives nice
straight cuts. Cut a 1/4 strip, advance exactly 1/4 plus 1/8, cut another
strip. It's great. Don't use the micro-advance much. It's just as easy to
tap the fence a sixteenth or so.
By the way, I've heard of people finding scratch-n-dent Biesemeyer fences
offered at the website. If I'd have known that when I bought this, I
might have a Biese right now.
(snip) And the scale isn't placed right so I can zero it on the saw, and
That's strange, all the Vega fences I've seen are adjusted simply by
loosening the two screws that attach the indicator window to the fence, and
lining it up on the zero. Do you have an oddball unit? --dave
Oddball for the saw, I guess. There's not enough movement in that indicator
window to get all the way to zero. Closest I could come was a bit more than
a quarter inch, if I recall correctly. I chose to zero it at a half an inch
to make it easier. 10 and a quarter inches is 10 and 3/4, etc. It's a bit
of a pain when I'm dealing with 16ths, but not terrible. Set it at the
right measurment, then move it exactly one half inch more. It's still
always right on the money.
I bought a new stick-on scale, and someday I'm gonna take replace this one
with the new one. I guess it's a measure of how little it bothers me that
I've had that new scale for about a year now and haven't bothered. :-)
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