Is the rear rail on the Biesemeyer primarily installed to hold the extension table on?
Since the fence locks on the front, it seems the rear rail is not needed unless one wanted to build an extension table, it would appear.
I just ordered the fence, but haven't received it yet. I was hoping I could just mount the front rail and forget about the rear all together, my table top is 40" x 44". I definitely know why they started breaking the table up in sections...
I was on the fence I 'spose, over the fence... a lot of options. The Biesemeyer seems like a no frills solid fence. I really liked the Ridgid 3612 fence, I was eyeing it the night I sold the saw, but couldn't have retrofitted it on my G-89, even if I had wanted. The Ridgid fence locks on the front and back, and has a micro adjust wheel on the front. In thinking back, I rarely use the micro adjuster and tap the fence anyway.
In fact, all fences that can't provide at least 40" table length are out completly for me, and hence the Biesemeyer (and I've seen other Biesemeyer's mounted on G-89s )