I bought a Delta 36-680 contractors saw for $427.00, during an Amazon sale. It came with the Delta T2 fence, which was a nice fence. I later acquired a Bieseymeyer 40” Home Shop fence system (36" fence arm) during another Amazon sale and have been using it for quite a while. I really like it for it’s simplicity and accuracy. I built a Melamine table for it, shown here.
The 40” gives me a good amount of “right of the blade” cut capability, but I have never used more than 18 ~ 20 inches or so, thus far. I think a 30” system would be just fine, but the 40” was on sale. In my small shop, it’s OK, but still a bit of a beast to move…I have the saw on a Herc-U-Lift mobile base….no legs. (I am careful, and have never had a tilting sideways problem when lifting or using the saw without legs.) I’ve wanted to make some jigs, aux fences and other “goodies” for the fence, but haven’t yet and am reluctant to do anything that would require drilling into the fence sides. I have 2 sets of 40” rails/tubes…one on the saw and one spare I got when the first set was shipped scratched but I opted to keep it when the second shipment was scratched too.
Last week, Lowes was blowing out their stock of Unifences for $165. Having heard a lot of good things about the fence, especially the versatility of the Uni-T fence arm available for it, I picked one up. This is the 30” right cut Commercial version with the 43” fence arm, and includes the table and legs. The 30” should be enough for me, and I can not see myself needing longer anytime in the near or distant future. I like the ability to adjust the fence and use it as a cross cut stop also.
Before I get the Uni-T, open up the box and try the Unifence out, I thought I’d get some input from the group. Are there any members with the Unifence, and how do you like it…specifically the versatility with the Uni-T if you have it, or have seen/tried it.
I could also just list the Unifence on craigslist and make a few bucks….
I could sell the Bies system and get more/break even on the Unifence/Uni-T system, so the $ is not a problem.
I’d like to get comments/opinions on which system you would suggest I use: the 30" right cut Commercial Unifence/Uni-T (43" fence arm) or the 40" right cut Home Shop Bieseymeyer (36" fence arm)?
I realize there are a lot of personal preference involved, but I’m looking for accuracy, reliability and versatility as the main considerations.
I have no ideas about using any other fence, just one of these 2 that I have now.
Thanks to all,