You will likely grow to like the Unifence, just as I did. Are you aware that you can tip the fence extrusion 90 degrees and have a low fence as well as the usual high fence? You probably already know that by removing the fence extrusion and rotating it end for end, it becomes a fence for use on the other side of the blade. The main Unifence casting unhooks from the front rail by raising the fence lock handle and then turning the handle slightly right or left as you pull the fence toward you. You can also loosen and slide the fence extrusion itself back toward you to be able to use it as a short Euro style fence.
Peachtree Woodworking www.ptreeusa.com
sells a Uni-T-Fence extrusion that is more rectangular in shape, attaches to the main Unifence casting the same way as the original Unifence extrusion, and is available in two lengths. They also sell a 16" length of the same fence extrusion if you want a short fence to act as a stop when cross cutting using a miter gauge to cut many parts to length. I like to use this instead of pulling the long extrusion back because the excess length of the pulled back fence gets in my way because I have a small crowded shop. The Uni-T-Fence extrusions have T slots in the top for attaching Board Buddies, etc. and a T slot in the face allows for attaching feather boards, etc. I have the 43" and the 16" Uin-T-Fences, but kept my original Unifence extrusion, and frequently switch between them depending on what I will be cutting. Each has advantages that you will grow to appreciate.
I have also added a Wixey DRO, by cantilevering pieces of 1/2" X 1/2" square steel pipe out from under the Unifence front rail and attaching the Wixey readout extrusions to them. This puts the Wixey display at the correct position to easily add a piece of steel to each side of the Unifence main casting, so the Wixey display can magnetically attach to the Unifence casting, but disconnects easily when you want to use the fence on the other side of the blade, and it magnetically attaches itself to the fence casting again.
The complete Unifence is also worth used about as much as you paid for the saw. They are highly sought after. If you should decide that you
don't like the Unifence, you should be able to easily sell it, but please use it for a while before deciding to replace it. My Unisaw came with a 52" Unifence and I wasn't sure if I liked it at first, but have grown to love it. Adding the Uni-T-Fence extrusions have made it even more versatile.
I think you got a great deal on this saw. It is easily worth about 3X what you paid, even without the fence. The 1023 is a Chinese copy of a Unisaw, and almost everything in it is identical to a Unisaw.