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Forum topic by Rajdawg posted 02-28-2020 02:09 AM 313 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rajdawg

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02-28-2020 02:09 AM

Looking to pull the trigger on a fence upgrade for the 4512

Lots of advice leads me to either the Incra 32”, the vega u26 or some sort of delta fence

Any recommendations on the current best options? The Delta fence with the wixby digital readout is slightly appealing at the moment. Trying to find the delta fence seems to be another issue though


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dwl

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#1 posted 02-28-2020 03:24 AM

Fences come down to personal preference. I opted for an Incra fence and really enjoy the simple repeatability that it offers. When I invariably need to go back and cut something sized to match previous cuts, the Incra makes it easy.
The Incra fence does take quite a bit of room though, so if you are camped for space, you need to plan accordingly.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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#2 posted 02-28-2020 03:26 AM

Thanks. In between waiting for this post to be approved and now. Like 4 days, I decided to pull the trigger on the incra 32” fence


Fences come down to personal preference. I opted for an Incra fence and really enjoy the simple repeatability that it offers. When I invariably need to go back and cut something sized to match previous cuts, the Incra makes it easy.
The Incra fence does take quite a bit of room though, so if you are camped for space, you need to plan accordingly.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

- dwl


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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 02-28-2020 03:28 AM

I like the shop fox aluma classic from Grizzly, should bolt right on. It’s a very good biesmeyer clone.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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bigJohninvegas

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#4 posted 02-28-2020 03:56 AM

I agree with personal preference, Lot of good fences out there.
I have the same saw. And debated with myself on spending $300+ on a $600 saw. And had decided to save up to
buy a new saw that would not need an upgrade.
Then I stumbled onto a Biesemeyer Commercial Fence. If I remember right, for something like $160. 52” rail even.
That single upgrade made that saw a keeper for me. So whatever fence works for you. Go for it.
I also did cast iron wings at the same time that I upgraded the fence. and late last year replaced the left wing with a saw stop cast iron router wing. That was a real challenge to install with the motor housing and all. But worked out really well.
I personally like the Vega. And if I was paying retail on a new fence. I would go with Vega over the Biesemeyer.
No experience with the Incra. But when I was looking. I didn’t like the space it took. A bit over the top for me. But as stated above. Just my personal opinion.
Good Luck.

Quick edit,
As soon as I posted my reply I saw that you went with Incra. I’m sure it will work well for you.
And welcome to Lumber Jocks.

-- John

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kroginold

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#5 posted 02-28-2020 09:28 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. I think you will enjoy the Incra fence with your Ridgid 4512. I have that setup right now, and the accuracy and repeatability would be hard to beat. I plan on a SawStop upgrade in near future but the Incra will be transferred to the new saw.

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tvrgeek

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#6 posted 02-28-2020 12:00 PM

Hmmm. I have the older version Ridgid with standard fence. I find it is dead on and no need to “upgrade”. If it was a problem, that would have been a final straw that would allow buying a nice new Laguna F3. ( lack of riving knife and horrible splitter/guard are the first reasons) I like the rear lock as it helps make sure the pressure from various jigs that ride on the fence track true. If you only use T-slot tracks, then that is irrelevant. ( Tenon and raised panel jigs for example)

Nothing against the above mentioned fences. Seems almost all new saws use the Biesemeyer design.

FWIW, the “standard” fence on the SS is not good, so moving the Incra is a great idea. Supposedly, their upgraded fence is much better. Truth or sales pitch? Don’t know.

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#7 posted 02-29-2020 08:52 PM

I also have the R4512, and am (was) happy with it. Once I got into projects which needed bit more precision, I realized the fence on the R4512 is really not that good. Some folks don’t have any issues with it, others do.. I found that it would not stay parallel to the blade, any time I moved the fence, I had to check and readjust.
So in the end, I bought a Vega fence from a fellow woodworker here on LJ, and it is a day/night difference, and now I am happy again with my R4512… :)

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tvrgeek

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#8 posted 02-29-2020 10:41 PM

How odd. I wonder if there is some manufacturing tolerance in the far end clamp that could pull it off line? Some good, some not? Something askew in the rails?

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#9 posted 03-01-2020 01:39 AM

If you come across a Delta Unifence, I highly recommend it, but they are no longer made (for quite a while too). Got mine with my Unisaw I bought new in the early 90’s.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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