Anybody use the "incredible Shop Fox" fence?

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Forum topic by runswithscissors posted 02-16-2016 09:57 PM 881 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2016 09:57 PM

I have been intrigued by this fence for a long time, but went another direction on my Unisaw. Whenever I’m in the Grizzly showroom, I play with it for a minute or two. It glides with amazing smoothness, and appears to always hold its squareness to the table.

My concern about it has to do with how easy it is to remove from the saw when you want to crosscut (because it’s held down at the far end of the table). One of the things I hated about the Delta original fence with the pipe rails was that you had to slide the fence all the way to the end to remove it—and it didn’t slide that easily or smoothly. One of the virtues of the T-square type fence is that you can simply lift it off when needed.

So I’m wondering whether anyone has used this fence, and what experiences you’ve had with it. It’s on sale now, at a very good price, and I fear it may be dropped from the Grizzly line eventually, so I’m considering getting one.

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#1 posted 02-17-2016 05:06 AM

I put one of these on an old Delta contractor saw and I loved it. Very positive locking, smooth gliding. However, it was not easy to remove, it did require sliding to the end to remove – and it was tricky to get back on due to the spring-loaded front guide wheel.

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#2 posted 02-17-2016 01:49 PM

I had that fence on a Craftsman contractor saw that I recently sold. It was leaps and bounds better than the stock fence, but not without it’s own idiosyncrasies.

On the plus side, it was very smooth in operation, locked solidly and the shape of the fence with the groove on top made it easy to add/fabricate auxiliary jigs to work with the fence.

Yes, it did require sliding off the left end to remove and like shawnn mentioned, was not always that easy to get back on. The biggest gripe I had was that the locking handle sticks out from the fence at all times. On most T-square fences, the handle locks pointing down. On this one, I don’t know how many times I bumped/snagged the handle when using the saw or working around the saw. The other issue I had wouldn’t affect use on a Unisaw, but did on a contractor saw with the motor off the back. The rear of the fence and the motor would hit each other when trying to do bevel cuts. There was about a 3in range where I just couldn’t set the fence if doing 45 degree bevels because of that.

Overall, I think it’s a very good fence with some solid things going for it. A T-square of Biesemeyer style fence is quite a bit better, but also costs more. Personally, I would save up the extra and get the Shop Fox Classic fence instead, but this fence is a definite upgrade over most OE fences.

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