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MasterJack

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12-04-2019 09:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw fence delta table saw tablesaw

I recently acquired a 1951 Unisaw, which came with the original fence (round rails). It’s not bad but I wanted something with more accuracy and robust. I’ve heard good things about the Unifence but it’s no longer made. If I find one, I will have the round rails and fence available. I will also have a Delta 36-725 for sale eventually. I’m just outside of Houston, TX.

Thanks all.

John


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#1 posted 12-05-2019 04:21 AM

Finding a UniFence could be a challenge. You might want to check this out. I’ve heard very positive things about this product and it’s available now.

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#2 posted 12-05-2019 04:35 AM

You may get lucky and find one on E-bay, your local CL or the buy/sell section over at the Vintage Machinery site… however, your best bet is to keep an eye out for an old saw on CL that has a Unifence. Nice vintage Delta contractor saws turn up fairly often, and usually fairly cheap. Swap fences and re-sell the CL saw to make back most of what you paid.

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 12-05-2019 04:48 AM

Unifence are popular. I like mine. Only place to find one is in the used market. That means surfing: Craigslist(CL), Facebook Marketplace, or other sites that sell used Table Saw equipment.
Can set email alerts on CL which makes it easier than checking everyday. Average used price seems to be $100-200, if you see one for <$100 buy it quick; they don’t last very long. I see one available in PHX every couple of months.

There is buy/sell forum over at Old Wood Working Machines (OWWM.org) site for registered members. Will see Unifence occasionally there too.

Ripper suggested the VSC fence. VSC tools wants to sell you fence head, and you to make you own rails. Nice fence head. Almost same as Unifence – except for ease in switching between tall and short fence as you must reset blade to parallelism with every switch.
IMHO if your doing all that much work for rails, why not make the entire fence:
http://www.twistedknotwoodshop.com/PDF%20Files/tsquarefence.pdf
It’s not hard to change the tube beam head to an aluminum rail. :-)

Best Luck.

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#4 posted 12-05-2019 12:17 PM

THANKS Captain, I have a 1940 Unisaw, I will give that PDF a good look when I get a chance.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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#5 posted 12-05-2019 02:00 PM



Unifence are popular. I like mine. Only place to find one is in the used market. That means surfing: Craigslist(CL), Facebook Marketplace, or other sites that sell used Table Saw equipment.
Can set email alerts on CL which makes it easier than checking everyday. Average used price seems to be $100-200, if you see one for <$100 buy it quick; they don t last very long. I see one available in PHX every couple of months.

There is buy/sell forum over at Old Wood Working Machines (OWWM.org) site for registered members. Will see Unifence occasionally there too.

Ripper suggested the VSC fence. VSC tools wants to sell you fence head, and you to make you own rails. Nice fence head. Almost same as Unifence – except for ease in switching between tall and short fence as you must reset blade to parallelism with every switch.
IMHO if your doing all that much work for rails, why not make the entire fence:
http://www.twistedknotwoodshop.com/PDF%20Files/tsquarefence.pdf
It s not hard to change the tube beam head to an aluminum rail. :-)

Best Luck.

- CaptainKlutz

Wow – cool, although I have no way to weld, etc. but it seems like a great alternative. Thanks for the feedback.

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#6 posted 12-06-2019 02:54 AM

There is a guy or company on eBay that fixes and/or remanufactures the original fences and locking system to be better than new. The seller is “seller:pd2bob”

I can’t vouch for the products but I came across the listings and from my readings the seller(s) appears to be devoted and knowledgeable of Unisaws. I saved the link because I was considering a local used saw that has the JetLoc fence and I wasn’t too thrilled about it. If I aquire it then I may simply update the existing fence as finding another ideal fence cheap may not be a quick option.

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#7 posted 12-06-2019 02:57 AM

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