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#1 posted 02-16-2019 11:13 PM

The type of fence that uses a gripping finger on the far end is a poor design in my experience. No matter how firmly you tighten it, it cannot hold the fence solidly against a sideways force. Unfortunately, many older saws came with such a fence—Rockwell-Delta, Sears, and I think Powermatic.

A T-square fence is much better, assuming it’s well designed and solidly built. They also have the advantage (compared to fences with pipe rails) that you can simply pluck the fence off the table for crosscutting; with the pipe rails, you have to slide the fence all the way to the end to remove it. My first real TS was a Rockwell with that fence, and I hated it. Built myself a T square fence and used it for many years.

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