Table Saw Fence Systems
A solid, precise fence is crucial to a table saw's ability to make rip cuts safely, cleanly and accurately, but not all standard-issue fences are as robust as they ought to be. The Vega Saw Fence System locks parallel to the saw blade, includes accurate measuring scales, maintains alignment and allows for fine adjustments. It's designed for quick mounting by using existing mounting holes on Delta Unisaws and contractor saws, Powermatic Model 66 saws, most Sears 10" table saws and most other saws with fence rail mounting holes 8"-9" on either side of the blade (other saws may require drilling two or four mounting holes.) The fence system includes slotted front brackets to allow vertical and horizontal adjustments and jacking plates to help with leveling the fence rails. Available with 26" or 50" rip capacity to the right of the blade and 8" to the left. These fences are not for jobsite saws.
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I started some cabinets for my daughter and after fighting and losing with the OEM fence I purchased the Vega 50.
Here is where I seem to go in a different direction than most of the other people that purchased this fence. I did watch the videos on installation and I did read reviews until my eyes were crossed. I held my breath and purchased the Vega 50.
The box came in perfect condition, there was no oil, burrs or any other production problems that I could find. As a side note, in an earlier life I also was a machinist and also deplore burrs on machined surfaces. I think that the complaints about the instructions come from rank novices or those with no mechanical ability. I found the instructions easy to understand with no head scratching or clarification needed.
I am writing this review almost a year after I installed the Vega 50 system. I can tell you that I literally asked my wife to come out and watch me make a cut with the new fence. Every time I use my saw I now giggle like a little kid! It works just like it did when I installed it last year.
I recently found a used PowerMatic 66 table saw for three hundred dollars. Needless to say it is going to need some work. Nothing that some elbow grease can't fix but it did not come with a fence. Guess what? Hello Vega 50!
Overall if you have an old saw that won't cut straight consistently, you owe the saw a Vega fence. I am completely pleased with the performance of the fence and I think that you get what you pay for. Dollar value for performance of this fence is fantastic.
Craftsman owners I have a bit of info that may help you. Because of my original fence I did not have to drill an additional hole on the backside of the fence so if your table has three holes on each side of the table you will not have to either. If you do, do not worry as cast iron is very easy to drill. Also, wait to set your rail height until you set your fence clearance. I set my rails to the exact referenced height and it was not even close. I put 1/16" shims under my fence and then set my rail height.
This fence has turned out to be more than what I was expecting and I would have paid much more for this fence knowing what I know now.
I hope this helps even though I could not get you a direct answer.
Good luck; a good fence whatever brand is so worth the investment.
Hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance.
On the negative side, the fence components arrived dirty (greasy), rusty and had paint overspray on the head piece that is supposed to slide easily on the rail piece. I would expect to be fired as as quality inspector for shipping the unit I received. After about two hours of cleaning the fence was successfully installed and work very well after a year of use. There are other fence systems out there so let Google help you find them.
I do not know anything about Rigid saws but I imagine that you would have to do some drilling on any saw as is is for general applications. It did not do anything to the integrity of my saw by drilling on it but it sure did make my saw so much more reliable and usable on higher quality projects.