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Forum topic by Oldschoolguy posted 09-14-2019 04:59 PM 539 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2019 04:59 PM

Hi y’all, hope that y’all are doing ok and having a great summer. I have a R4516 jobsite table saw with about the worst designed fence I’ve ever seen. Just a rhetorical question here, but why do manufactures sell these products with this kind of crap? Anyhow, I’ve had it with this fence. No matter what I do, the fence will not lock down in parallel to the saw blade. In addition, I would like to be able to have a micro-adjustment also. I’ve scoured the internet for a fence system to fit a contractors saw but I’m not sure what to buy. Vega has one available but I’m not sure that it will fit my saw. The website doesn’t say specifically. I guess I could call them, however on occasion those tech people are not always right. But before I spend 300+ for something and then have the possibility of return shipment; I want to be sure that it will work for me. Do you LJ’s have any input and recommendations of places to purchase one? I don’t have the dinero to purchase a decent cabinet saw, so a aftermarket fence system is my go to option. As always, much appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-14-2019 05:43 PM

Dunno if a Vega will fit your saw but for $300 bucks you should be able to find a decent contractor’s saw on CL or some such marketplace. Unless you need the portability offered by the R4516, could be money better spent.

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#2 posted 09-14-2019 05:53 PM

I can’t answer your question directly. First, I don’t really know the answer but, more importantly, I don’t think that putting an expensive fence on a job-site saw is the best use of your money. Before you spend $300 on a fence for that saw, you should consider using it to buy a good contractor’s saw (the kind with the motor hanging off of the back) or a hybrid. There are lots of used ones out there and you can find lots of help here on which are good. I think that even the worst of those will come with a better fence than what you have (that may be a very slight exaggeration).

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#3 posted 09-14-2019 06:05 PM

Plus one on the above. You can depend on these type saws with the separate motor. Usually can find them on Craigslist, local want ads and the like. Heck, even my local Goodwill store had a very nice Craftsman with stand on casters, miter gauge, deluxe fence and other accessories for $200. If I’d had the room in the shop, I’da brought it home with me.
Even if you get this kind of saw which needs a little TLC, you’ll end up with a MUCH better saw for the money and time invested.
If space is an issue, and you really need a smaller table saw, for about the same money as the fancy fence system, you can buy a Dewalt 745 series. I’ve had one for several years, and it’s GREAT!
BTW, Plus one on the “Why do manufacturers sell this kind of crap?” I had a Royobi job site table saw for a very brief period. That was the biggest POS I’d even had the misfortune to endure. Couldn’t wait to get rid of the SOB.

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#4 posted 09-14-2019 11:25 PM

I agree with the post above. I have not seen a fence upgrade that would fit a portable saw like the R4516.
And even making a aftermarket fence fit would, it seems be cost prohibitive.
I do have the R4512, and I upgraded it only because I found a great fence for next to nothing. I had pretty much given up on that saw. No way I was going to spend $300+ for a fence on a $600 saw. And was saving to buy a better saw when A beisemeyer commercial fence sort of fell in my lap.
As ripper mentioned, do you have to have the portability that saw offers? If so, I think I would look into other brands of saw.

-- John

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#5 posted 09-15-2019 07:39 AM

Those little saws are for chucking in the back of a pickup and hauling from jobsite to jobsite and rough cutting 2×4s. The main considerations are low cost and low weight, they don’t have to be very accurate. Spend $1k+ on a good saw with a good fence. Or build one. John Heisz just built a heck of a tablesaw.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 09-15-2019 03:27 PM

I would not spend $300 to upgrade a job site saw fence. Save that money toward a contractor saw and you will be a lot happier.

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#7 posted 09-15-2019 06:56 PM

It’s not advisable to put a full size aftermarket fence on a jobsite saw. If you don’t need the portability of the jobsite saw, you might consider getting a full size cast iron contractor saw….it’ll have many advantages over a portable. If you need the portability, you might be better off switching to a portable you like.

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#8 posted 09-15-2019 10:35 PM

Scott nailed it about a jobsite saw, but if you end up getting a contractor, or cab saw, read below.

Post where you live. I have 2 extra Vega fences stored in the shop, and I doubt I am the only guy here like that. Might be someone where you can not only look at it in person, but high likelihood they have something exactly just like it on a saw you can play with.

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