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post-biesemeyer.jpgEveryone knows that you never use the measurement marks on lower-end home shop table saws: you use your measuring tape.  But what if you’re getting to where you’re using your home shop to the point where you’d like something more accurate but aren’t ready for a full-on pro saw?

Biesemeyer believes they have the answer with their bolt-on home shop fence systems.  From Bissemeyer:

Installing a T-Square system on your home shop saw is like getting a new precision saw at a fraction of the cost. You’ll never need a hand-held tape to set your fence again and this system will give everything you do a professional edge.

We’ve used Biesemeyer commercial T-squares on professional saws and were quite impressed.  They make production work much easier, and dramatically reduce the time required to measure and cut on project work.  Biesemeyer says that the home shop systems are just as accurate, though not quite as durable.  Of course, that shouldn’t be a problem in a home shop.

The home shop system can be adapted to any table saw that measures 20″ or more front-to-back and has a cast-iron top with a flat lip that’s at least 1-1/4″ high.  Biesemeyer offers patterns for a number of common saws including those made by Delta, Powermatic, and some Craftsman saws

Street pricing starts around $300.

Home Shop Fence Systems [Biesemeyer]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

4 Responses to Biesemeyer’s Home Shop Fence Systems

  1. fhic says:

    Thanks for the useful info! I’ve got a Bosch contractor’s saw. It’s got a pretty nice fence, but there’s a plastic guide piece that keeps breaking, which affects the accuracy and how well it slides. I’ll have to look into this as a replacement option. It’s a bit pricey, but it sounds like it can be adapted to a real table saw later.

  2. JPW says:

    I’ve had a 40″ Biesemeyer home shop fence on my Delta/Rockwell contractors saw for over 15 years. It is very accurate and well worth the money. I’m considering a saw upgrade and know that any new saw I purchase will also be outfitted with a Biesemeyer fence.

  3. Richard Demaray says:

    I purchased a 52″ right hand side, 24″ left hand home shop grade rail and fence upgrade system from Biesemeyer for my Ridgid 10″ table saw. It was a little difficult to install, but with some new holes in the side of the iron table, it fit up very well. The rear rail is only 3/16″ thick angle iron which is a little light,. It was not streight out of the box. So there is some curvature at the far right hand corner, despite the leg I used during and after installation. The angle airon rail droop is not a problem for the T-fence, but looks poor as the RHS extension table insert is put in flat, so the rail appears to droop, which it does. The professional rear rail is 1.4″ thick and larger, just as is the professional front rectangular guide way. For the full width upgrade, I’d recommend spending the extra money for the professional grade parts, particularly if you think you might want to put it on a “real” table saw in the future. I just ordered a stiffer real rail from McMaster-Carr, ~ 40$!

    The other small problem is the T-square is hard to tighten down and maintain absolutely square. The white paint which is thick, peels off under the clamping surface in the first couple weeks, which leaves the clamp a little slack, so the fence will move with some pressure from , say a full panel feed. There are two set screws on the inside front of the T-square fence that adjust the squareness of the fence and also the clamping force of the handle. They must be tightened together almost degree by degree to keep the fence from moving left or right as the clamp handle is locked down. Just a little work with a dial indicator and I have a little less than +/- about .002″ total movement from square at the out feed end of the fence as the handle is clamped down with satisfying clamping force.

    I put a magnetic base and a dial indicator on the square T-guide tube, which is magnetic. I can use a board against the saw blade and fence to set the position of the fence and then move the fence with the dial indicator, say exactly some few thousanths of an inch. Lock it down. Run the board through and get exactly the difference removed. Finally freedom from the tyranny of fractions! And my parts just go together with what ever tension I want.

    With the addition of a narrow kirf, high TPI, teflon coated carbide blade and a zero tolerance saw insert, I get at least a half horsepower cutting speed improvement and panel cut quality I only dreamed of before the Biesemeyer. All hail!!

    red
    Portola Valley, Ca

  4. miss frannie says:

    300 dollars are you kidding me. I bought a table saw from builders square 30 years ago for two hundred, and the fence was so bad I made my own. It has been prefectly servicable but I do have to measure everytime. I can see the advantage of the biesemeyer. I just don’t want to pay that kind of money. But norm did have one in the nyw. So I guess there ok……

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