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06-06-2011 06:20 AM

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Hi Guys,

I have a decent working tablesaw, a delta 10” #34-740. I would like to replace the fence, the current installed standard fence leaves alot to be desired.

I am Noob to wood working tools, dont know whats good, great, & top shelf. I would like a decent fence, not a cadillac..

The Delta T2 System? Is this decent, worth the 150? Shop Fox? etc..

Suggestions & comments welcomed.


Rod in Fargo.

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 12:43 PM

Morning Folks,

Appears I may have answered my own question after about 3 hrs of researching older posts and reveiws. Maybe I was just excited to get my first post outta the way, dunno. But I know now a bit more about fences and feel I can make an informed decision as there are really only 3-4 common names out there to consider. That and Tools-Plus has a heck of a Fathers Day special going on.

Thanks for your paitence.

Rod in Fargo

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 03:10 PM

check the delta t-2
some drilling but like a bessemyer

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 05:31 AM

T2 will bolt directly to your saw. You will like it.

-- mrg

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 11:59 AM

Is the 34-740 a full size contractor saw (27” deep)? If not, the fences may need to be cut down. The T2 is a great bang for the buck…tough to beat for value and performance if it’ll fit.

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#5 posted 06-08-2011 03:04 AM

I’ve got a T2 on my saw and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 06-08-2011 05:30 PM

I think the incra qualifies as a cadillac.

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#7 posted 06-08-2011 06:13 PM

I like the Incra but agree its probably a bit much for a newbe. The Delta T2 is more reasonable for a newbee with good results.

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#8 posted 06-08-2011 06:18 PM

I agree with August….and with Mfike….I would call the incra a cadillac…but there are father’s day sales by incra going on also…and you can get a decent deal on the Incra fence now.

The incra fence is excellent…with micro adjustment…and reference scales so that you can make easily repeatable cuts…(I make my own story stick and insert it into the incra positioner (it has slots for putting in templates – or you can use the ones they supply).....The incra is really one of the best fence systems going….and easy to install….mine took me about 20 minutes and just a few more to adjust and test. I also have the biesemeyer knock off for my grizzly…it fell short of what I can do with the incra.

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#9 posted 06-08-2011 08:21 PM


Thank you for the supportive & positive comments.. One of the downside of my location is no place to go look/see/touch & feel these products. Much less find a knowledgeable user.. One of the few times I miss living in a metro area…

Rod in Fargo

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#10 posted 06-08-2011 09:01 PM

I went with the Delta T2 fence for my Delta Contractors saw. Its a good fence and so far mine has remained square. The only negative I would have with the T2 is the ability to make fine or micro adjustments easily. With my original delta fence that came on the saw I was able to move the fence by turning the locking knob. That came very handy when I just needed to make a fine adjustment. I wish the Delta T2 would have had something like that. Still a great fence though.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#11 posted 06-09-2011 01:56 AM

I recently posed this same question, and I ended up going with the Shop Fox Classic. I got the fence with 7’ rails for $300. Thought about the Incra, but couldn’t justify the cost. I tried….but knew the wife wouldn’t agree with any of my reasons.

-- Sam

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#12 posted 06-09-2011 02:49 AM


With luck the wood gods may be shining tomorrow. I have been chatting with a coworker who is a tool junkie and he mentioned he has a fence he doesent use. Found out today it is a new in the box Incra. He has a vega he prefers. I told him to figure out what he wants for it and get back to me tomorrow.

So, I have gotten some screaming deals from him in the past and I am hoping his pattern of “being a nice guy” holds thru.

So who knows, maybe I’ll get the deal of the century on an Incra for the cost of a T2. Stay tuned for tomorrows report.

Rod in Fargo

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#13 posted 06-10-2011 09:02 PM


Day 5 of Fence decision delimma. Regarding the Incra TS-III system I can get for, yes a screaming deal, will not work for me. Being a Noob, I did not grasp the importance/difference between a 22” & a 27” saw. This Incra fits a 27” saw and I have a 22” saw. This is ok, because I made the decision pass on the Incra anyhow due to necessary real estate needed to utilize it (6’ dual rails).

So, in short will there be in issue with using the Delta T2 on a 22” table? Should a guy modify it or leave it as is and deal with it?

Thanks guys, I already have learned more about table saws in the past 5 days than all previous 47 yrs..

Rod in Fargo

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