Biesemeyer or Incra Fence?

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Forum topic by David Schwarz posted 11-27-2017 09:23 PM 4969 views 0 times favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2017 09:23 PM

I’m in the final stages of restoring my “newly” acquired 1967 Delta Unisaw. Now I need to address some of the accessories, one of which is the fence. I see my fence options as either the Biesemeyer or Incra TS-LS. I have an Incra LS positioner for my router fence and have been quite pleased so far. But I’m not sure if I really need that level of precision for the saw. Also, debating standard 32” versus 52” capacity. What do you have, or have used? Pros, cons, none of the above? To be honest as well, I rather like the appearance of the Biesemeyer – it seems more like a natural fit to the saw versus the rather shiny gold of the Incra. But my primary desires are quality and performance – appearance is a distant third.

Eager to receive your thoughts and opinions on these choices (or maybe something else that you like even better?).

-- I make trees cry.

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#1 posted 11-27-2017 09:24 PM

I love the Biesemeyer that came with my Delta x5. I don’t know a thing about the Incra.

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#2 posted 11-27-2017 09:34 PM

Have you considered a Unifence or clone?
My sliding table saw has one of those and I love that you can slide it towards front to help eliminate kickback
and many of the clones have rails for attaching accessories and sacrificial pieces to.

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#3 posted 11-27-2017 09:41 PM

I have used an Incra fence on my tablesaws for 18 years. I had the TS III which I recently sold with my Jet cabinet saw and purchased the TS- LS for my new SawStop ICS. I love the extreme accuracy and repeatability of the Incra fence. Mine have held up very well over the years with a lot of use and both were the 52” fence. Before Incra I had a Biesemeyer on an old Craftsman contractor saw, still prefer the Incra.

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#4 posted 11-27-2017 09:43 PM

My last saw had a Bies fence. It was great. My current saw has a Delta Uni. I enjoy working with it even more. One drawback is the difficulty making fence jigs compared to the Bies. A deal breaker for many.

However, from what I’ve seen of the Incra, if it was in my budget that would be my choice. The precision and repeatability seems like it would be well worth the extra expense.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#5 posted 11-28-2017 12:21 AM

The Incra is a solution in search of a problem. It’s a shame Delta stopped making the Unifence.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 11-28-2017 12:55 AM

Take a look at Very Super Cool Tools : I replaced my Biesemeyer fence last year with their fence. It is the best fence I have ever used, and the customer service is outstanding. I really like the extruded aluminum, it allows making and attaching jigs easy. Mine is 42” long.

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#7 posted 11-28-2017 01:21 AM

Length of the rails really depends on how much space you have and what you plan on cutting. Unless you have a fairly large area and outfeed table, cutting large panels on the table saw is a PITA… and most people I know (including myself) prefer to break them down with a circular saw or similar first, and then use the table saw to cut to final dimensions. I have the 50” commercial Biesemeyer fence for my Uni, but it sits unloved in the corner of the shop along with the overarm guard until I can find some space. But to be honest, I doubt I would ever use the extra rip capacity even if I had it. I currently have the stock Jet-lock fence on mine and am perfectly happy with it for everything I do. Different situations, different needs… it’s your call to decide.


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#8 posted 11-28-2017 02:44 AM

I now have an Incra 32” on my Unisaw.Before that it had a Jetlock, before that it had a Biesemeyer 52”. I wish I had went to Incra a long time ago.

I don’t have it attached the way the directions say to. I followed the instructions when I first put it on, it had about 16” of fence rails hanging off the left side of the saw. I moved the rails so that they are flush with that end, calibrated the fence to the blade, and it works perfect. That did make it stick out more on the right side, but it’s not an issue for me.

32” is plenty, unless you make really big projects. I think they sell more 32” than 52”.

I bought it from Incra. Before the purchase I created an account on their website, and got a 10% discount on my first purchase. It basically covered the shipping.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#9 posted 11-28-2017 03:06 AM

Take a look at Very Super Cool Tools : I replaced my Biesemeyer fence last year with their fence.
- Bob5103

Bob, did you need to buy the full set up from them or can you use the extrusion with the beis hardware that rides on the front rail?

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#10 posted 11-28-2017 03:44 AM

32” Incra is mighty fine:

Rick_M: you only say that because you’ve never used one. The Incra is as different from the Bessie (et al) as a digital watch is to grampa’s old wind up pocket watch.


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#11 posted 11-28-2017 04:14 AM

Another Incra fan here. I have the Ts-LS Joinery system on my Jet Deluxe Xacta saw and I love it. The precicion and repeatability are impossible to beat.

-- Earl

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#12 posted 11-28-2017 04:46 AM

I’ve had Paraloc, incra and currently the Bies. Always with the 52” set up. In my small shop the Incra took up too much work surface and I never really needed the repeatability. I’m very happy with the Bies. The best fence I ever had was the Paraloc, sadly they are no longer available. If you have the room for it the 52” setup is very useful.

-- Ken

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#13 posted 11-28-2017 05:18 AM

Depends what you are using it for in my opinion.
I build cabinetry and prefer the Biesemeyer with the 52” fence.

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#14 posted 11-28-2017 05:27 AM

Bob, did you need to buy the full set up from them or can you use the extrusion with the beis hardware that rides on the front rail?

- avsmusic1

I bought the complete fence, my old fence was worn out so I didn’t try to repair or keep the parts. You can buy just the extrusion, I would give VSCT a call to see if it can be attached to your old fence. Like I said they were extremely helpful when I bought mine.

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#15 posted 11-28-2017 06:27 AM

It’s a la carte style. And yes. There is one that fits the standard tube.

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