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Thread: New Biesemeyer Fence for an Old Grizzly

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    Copied this from my gloat thread, because I think it belongs here more.

    I had an old shop fox fence on my table saw. It was FANCY! Wheels, all kinds of adjustments you can make, it wouldn't come up off the table if you used hold downs. Like I said FANCY!.

    But, it was hard to adjust, it liked to chew up the tape measure on it, it didn't really want to stay put.

    So when BW was here, I realized how bad it was finally, so I ordered up a new BC30 Biesemeyer 30" rails fence.

    Should have done it years ago. Biggest challenge installing it was getting past drilling holes in the cast iron.

    That was too darn easy. 8 Holes and I'm pretty much ready to roll.

    Need to make a little table to fill in the side on the right, but wow, what a difference in ease of use and adjustment.

    I guess I've never really used a nice fence before, so it's one of those, "I didn't know what I was missing" kind of things.

    So easy to adjust, cause there was nothing TO adjust, well, really. I pulled out the dial indicator and I have it darn near parallel to the miter slot. I let it go about 3 thousands wide at the back end.

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    Ok, Just made a few cuts, and It might be like a little kid wearing new sneakers thinking he can run faster and jump higher, but I am noticing a huge difference.

    I think with the old fence, I could adjust it, and the next cut it might be out of whack. It should have been, but I think it was and I think it regularly pinched the work into the blade.

    This one, setup with just about 3 thousands wider at the back is cutting like butter. So much smoother.

    Again, should have done this years ago!
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    NICE! Yep every time I upgrade a tool I wonder, why didn't I do this sooner!!? I do have question about that type fence, how do you attach items to the top of it, like feather boards or something? The fence that came with my Steel City was that type of fence (but no way close to a Biesemeyer) and I never figured it out short of having to drill holes in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    NICE! Yep every time I upgrade a tool I wonder, why didn't I do this sooner!!? I do have question about that type fence, how do you attach items to the top of it, like feather boards or something? The fence that came with my Steel City was that type of fence (but no way close to a Biesemeyer) and I never figured it out short of having to drill holes in it.
    I've still got to do more research on that, but I think there are some cool clamps you can use to secure sacrificial fences to it without drilling holes, etc...

    If anyone has some tips on that, I'd sure like to see them too!
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    Well, wasn't going to do anything else much today, and it's 95 degrees in the shop, so thought I'd put the little side table together and bolt it in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    I've still got to do more research on that, but I think there are some cool clamps you can use to secure sacrificial fences to it without drilling holes, etc...

    If anyone has some tips on that, I'd sure like to see them too!
    I use these. http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...1&site=ROCKLER

    Giving up the Beis was one of the things that held me off from changing saws for so long. I loved that fence. I still get to visit it at dad's.

    I know what you mean about drilling the cast iron. I hemmed and hawed for weeks and when I finally did it, it was soooo easy.
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    Like Glenn, I love those clamps. For me, they are a gotta have item.
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    You are REALLY going to love that fence. I have the same one. I use the clamps that Glenn showed earlier in the thread. I am with Carol---A must have item.

    I would say Enjoy, but with that new fence you are going to whether I say it or not.

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