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Used Biesemeyer or new Delta fence?

Thoughts? It looks like I can get a new 30" Delta for about $200. Found a used Biesemeyer with a 7' rail for $125. It's a bigger than what I need at the moment, but I can see building extensions for my saw that will make it usable.

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Mine came with a 7' rail. I wouldn't want anything less. If you have the space to set it up go for it. I even welded an additional 2' to the railing on mine to put table extensions on the left side of the saw. I had a couple extensions off of a Craftsman saw I retired and put them on my Unisaw.
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I made my own rails and bought the VerySuperCoolTools Fence this past winter. I made the rails as long as I could for my shop. I'd opt for the 7' rails if you think you can fit it in your shop. I can rip about 38" to the right of the blade. Sure makes dealing with sheet goods nice.
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You can always cut it shorter if needed.
If the used fence isnít damaged itís a bargain.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I just bought the Delta T3 from Lowe's. I'm installing it on my older Craftsman 113 model.

The "universal" Delta T3 doesn't line up with a single hole on my Craftsman (which I knew going into the the purchase), so I'm going to have to do all the drilling and setup myself. Not sure what saw you have, but it's something to be aware of.

The rails are good and strong. The fence is solid. Both pieces had some finish issues (minor chipping of finish, etc.). Nothing unsightly, and nothing enough that I would return the set... but again, something to be aware of.

The biggest thing that you should know is that the sides of the fence on the T3 are NOT completely flat /square when looking down the side. Instead, it's slightly concave. I set my combination square up to take a look down the fence, and both sides are slightly concave. For the types of cutting I do, most of which has the wood touching the base of the fence, I'll be fine. If I have anything that won't be touching the base of the fence, I'll clamp on a piece of hardwood and use that as my guide. As with the above, it's not huge concern, just something to be aware of. It's minuscule, but it's there.

For me, I'm a hobbyist (at best). I can make due with the Delta T3. I'm excited to install it and upgrade from the old Craftsman fence that was on there before. But if I were you, for $125, I'd go with the Biesemeyer.

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Well, i got it. Give $100 for it. Nice guy and up front about it. It needs cleaned up and the formica on the back side of the fence is missing. The blade side is in good shape. I dont really have room for my saw with it on right now, but hope to this fall.
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For $100 I would have bought it myself. I have 3 Delta fences. 2 T2s and a T3. I like them and am satisfied with them. They are good. Clearly the Delta would be new and you could be assured of having a functioning fence right out of the box. That said, I expect the Biesemeyer is the better fence. I believe they are constructed the same. The difference being the 3 inch rail on the Beisemeyer vs the 2 inch rail on the Delta. If you do all you need to to clean it up and resurface and paint as needed along with any adjustments, the finished product will, in my view, edge the Delta. There is one difference that I am aware of. The rear of the Delta fences ride on a block of HDP that sits on a piece of angle iron bolted on the back of the saw. the Biesemeter, on the other hand, has a piece of HDP that sits on the cast iron table. A distinction without a difference? Hard to say.
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