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    Tablesaw rail question

    OK I have been saw shopping. Hopefully around the first of the year, a new model will adorn the shop.

    Why would a person want 50" plus rails? I have put all the thinking into it I can and cannot come up with a reason to get them. Like I have room anyways.
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    You don't need long rails... but they make it easier to cut sheet goods if you were doing a lot of cabinet work. That space is also a very handy 'table' area.

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    I went with long rails for a couple of reasons

    1. I wanted my router table on my saw. and this allows me better support

    2. The ease of cutting a 30 x 72 piece off of a whole sheet is a lot easier to
    manage.

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    I've got both Short and long Rails. I've got the short ones on now.

    My problem is the short ones are too short and the long ones are too long!

    Didn't really have enough room in the shop and I removed the long rails during my last re-org.

    I have the short ones on now and while they are handling a lot of the work, there were a few times I would have liked some more length.
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    Right now I am leaning towards the 36" really heavy. I think they will fit in the shop well and do most of what I need.
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    If you can fit them go for them. I have the pioneer 3hp cabinet saw with the 50" biesmier style fence. I added the Excalibur 65" sliding table. In order to fit that on there the instructions said to cut the rail to the left of the saw. Instead I re drilled the rails and shifted them further to the right giving me about 60 inches to the right of the saw. Having the sliding table allows me to cross cut sheet goods but I also have almost 5 feet to the right of the blade and I set up a stop block on the fence to make my cuts. You would be amazed how often I am trying to get that last 32nd out of the fence.

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    Steve i think this is a question of are you a "production type shop" where your saw is going to have lots of space and an in and outfeed table and dedicated to a single location.

    Answer for me is no to all of the above. I need mobility. Short rails makes mobility easy.

    Want to cut sheets down use a saw horse and flat sheet of solid pink insulation and good old circular saw. Way safer and space saving for the amount i cut a huge 4x8 sheet.

    If i were a cabinet shop i would either build a panel saw or buy one. So it would still be a circular saw except hanging against the wall.

    I would think if you gonna plan on using really long rails and cutting sheetgoods on a table saw what would need to go with it is a sliding table on one side to no?

    My view would be to put the money into the saw rather than the extra rails.
    cheers

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    I don't think its a matter of what everyone else has for fence rail length but what and how you intend to do with your table saw. Just think back on the projects you have built and see how many times you needed more than a 36" crosscut.

    I grew up with a 50" crosscut capacity and in the shops I worked in it was a regular thing to crosscut pieces up to 48" wide for cabinet bottoms. The first saw loml bought for me after we moved to Texas only had a 36" crosscut capacity and I couldn't stand it. I ended up moving my fence rails to the right to get that extra capacity. It serves 2 functions now cause she also bought me a second fence for the saw that I use for the router thats mounted on the right side. Right now my saw is only 14" wider than a saw with 36" crosscut capacity.

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    Alan & Rob, I have went over and over in my head about what I have cut. 34 1/2" is about max. That is why I am thinking 36" I was/ am looking for that thing I might have overlooked. So far, I haven't overlooked anything.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    Looks like you have the answer your looking for. Go get that saw!

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