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Few things are more frustrating than feeding your board through your table saw only to have it veer off course, resulting in a less than straight cut. Although most table saws come equipped with a rip fence, the stock ones often leave much to be desired. If you’re tired of measuring the distance from your blade on the front and back every time you need to make an adjustment, then you may consider upgrading from that stock fence to one of the best table saw fences out there.
Your fence needs to be smooth so it doesn’t cause your wood to catch. It must also be very secure and accurate. There shouldn’t be any second-guessing or having to measure each time you move it. The fence should never budge while in use. So, which fences can live up to these expectations? We’ve tested as many as we could find, and the following ten reviews are the ones we’d most highly recommend.
|Shop Fox W1410|
|Delta 847962005250||2 Years||4.3/5|
|Shop Fox W2005||4.2/5|
When it comes to top of the line rip fences for a table saw, there is one name that you’ll hear and see repeatedly, the Vega U26. Designed for a variety of different table saws, this system includes the front and rear rails that the fence will mount on. With a rip size of 26 inches to the right and 8 inches to the left, you get plenty of space for making rips of different sizes. There are many mounting options available to accommodate the wide variety of saws on the market, though you may need to drill some new holes to mount it on your model.
The Vega has a buttery smooth slide that makes it easy to nail down precision cuts. There is also a fine-adjust for dialing in exact measurements. It’s extremely secure, and once you lock the fence into place, it isn’t going to budge. You can make as many cuts as you’d like without worrying about your distance changing. Although this is a higher-end product, several of the parts had metal burrs from manufacturing. Not a deal-breaker, but it was the one downside of this fence that we noticed.
Having a good rip fence is very important, but many of the fence systems available outprice quite a few of the table saws on the market! If you don’t want to spend more on the accessory than the tool, then you may consider the Shop Fox W1410 Fence with standard rails. The first thing you’ll notice is the very modest price compared to competitors. Despite the economical pricing, this unit doesn’t feel cheap in the least. It’s a very secure and solid unit. With a rip size of 25 inches right of the blade, there should be plenty of space for most cuts.
Rolling movement is very smooth thanks to the ball bearings. Fine-positioning knobs let you dial in your distance, and the handle clamps tight enough to hold it nice and steady through board after board. We did have to drill holes for mounting since it doesn’t have many options pre-drilled. Also, it only fits saws with tables up to 27 inches, so it’s not going to work for the larger saws. Overall, we think the Shop Fox W1410 is the best table saw fence for the money.
If you want maximum rip capacity on your saw and you don’t care how much it costs, the Delta BC50T2 fence and rail system is one you might take a look at. The “50-inch” refers to the length of the rail system. Once mounted, this equates to a right side rip of 34 inches, and a left rip of 16 inches, pretty impressive sizes. Of course, you’re definitely paying for that flexibility. Part of the price is thanks to the high-end Biesemeyer fence. With a three-point locking system that secures it in place and rugged steel construction, this is a secure fence that won’t budge and is built to very exact tolerances for a perfect slide.
Although it doesn’t have fine adjust knobs, it does have a hairline pointer so you can easily see your measurement to make the fine adjustments. On the other hand, this system can be mounted in different ways to allow for different right-handed and left-handed cutting options, allowing you to dial it in to your exact preferences.
This high-quality but affordable fence system from Delta Power Equipment has one major drawback, it can only be used on a 27-inch table saw. You may need to drill some new holes to make it fit on your saw, but it can be made to work on most 27-inch table saws. The fence moves smoothly and once locked in place, it’s very secure and won’t budge even after dozens of boards are ripped. This system can be used on either side of the blade and has measuring tape all the way across to make it easy to set your perfect sizes. Ours lined up square the first time, but there are two set screws you can use to adjust it should yours not position quite as well when you first attach it. All in all, this is a great fence, and if it could be used on a wider range of table sizes it would rank higher on this list.
With smooth operation and a simple lift-off design, the Classic Fence with standard rails from Shop Fox is a very capable rip fence, though it’s also rather pricey. The cam-action lever locks very securely with one-handed operation. This fence system is very versatile and can be mounted on almost any table saw. The fence is 42 inches, so as long as your table is no longer than that, it should fit.
Once installed, the standard rails with this kit provided for a 25-inch max rip to the right of the blade, plenty for most cuts. If you need more, you’ll have to look for a fence system with extended rails. The mounting holes lined up just fine on our saw, but that may change from model to model. It’s possible you’ll have to drill some new mounting holes to make it fit yours. One flaw we noticed was the packaging was terrible. This is a heavy unit and it’s shipped in Styrofoam that was absolutely destroyed by the time it was delivered. Ours didn’t get damaged, but that’s a definite possibility.
Capable of a 30-inch rip to the right and a 12-inch rip to the left, this Biesemeyer table saw fence system from Delta can be installed on almost any table saw. The fence itself is 42 inches, plenty of length for even large table saws, though it works just as well on shallower ones. One thing to note about this fence system is the very high price. It is priced well above most of its competitors.
Biesemeyer was the pinnacle of table saw fence systems a few years ago, but it seems that today their quality has dropped somewhat. On the kit we got, the holes didn’t line up, so we had to drill new ones to install. Although the fence itself is constructed from steel, the outer edges your material is actually making contact with are constructed of plywood. For the price, we were hoping for something that felt a bit more high-end.
If you need maximum rip capacity without paying top dollar, the Shop Fox W1720 has a 50-inch cut to the right of the blade, thanks to the long 79-inch rails. With such long rails, you need support legs on the end, and they are supplied as well. However, we found they were a bit too short for our saw which made them unusable, a definite drawback. This is compounded by the fact that the rails are a bit thin, so you really want that support, especially if you plan on using the full 50-inch rip capacity.
It’s built heavy-duty and fits most table saws. The cursor is magnified to see your measurements better for precise positioning, and the one-hand locking lever makes operation simple and quick when you need to change measurements for a new cut.
The Shop Fox W2006 fence system includes long 7-foot rails to allow for a maximum rip of 54 inches to the right of the blade, though it’s not intended to be used to the left side. This is one of the widest rip measurements available, a shining point for this fence. It claims to fit most table saws right out of the box and features a simple lift-off design for convenience. While it did fit our saw, it required drilling holes for the bolts, since the original holes didn’t line up. The rails have a nice-looking black powder coat finish that seems durable. Unfortunately, the one we received had a noticeable blemish from shipping, since it wasn’t packaged very well.
Constructed from 14-gauge steel, the BC30T2 is a strong and sturdy table saw fence system, though it seems overpriced for what you get. Once installed, we expected smooth movement and an easy to use system. Out of the box, that’s not exactly what we got. It didn’t seem to roll very smoothly at all and did not properly align on the first install. After extensive shimming and adjusting, we got it to line up nicely and things started to improve. Once we did a little sanding and lubricating, this system delivered beautifully smooth action and an accurate cut. For the price though, we don’t think it should take this much extra work to make the fence function how it should.
After reading our reviews of the top ten table saw fence systems available, you may be wondering which features you should be prioritizing. Although all the fences are meant to give you accurate rips easily, they’re not all built equally. Differences in rip size, ease of install, and more, all need to be considered before making a purchase. The last thing you want is to go through the trouble of buying and attaching your new fence system just to find out that it won’t do what you need.
Table saws come in different sizes, and so do their fence systems. While some systems are intended to be more universal and will fit on almost any sized saw, other systems are limited by the length of fence. Be sure to double-check what size saw your fence will work with. Some may only work on 27-inch tables, while others may have fences as long as 42 inches that latch in the front only, allowing them to be used on tables of any depth. Don’t worry, just because it doesn’t latch in the back doesn’t mean it will be any less sturdy.
How wide of cuts do you need your saw to be able to make? This is going to be different for everyone. If you do a lot of larger cuts, you may need a system with extended rails. Some of these offer rips of up to 54 inches wide, which is wider than most full-size sheets of wood. If you need the extra size, make sure to look for one of the extended rail systems. Other shorter systems have cut sizes of 25 inches or more, which will still rip a 4’ by 8’ sheet in half. Determine what your main use for the saw will be before making a purchase, so you can be sure that you’ll have plenty of rip capacity for your needs.
While all of these table saw fence systems are designed to fit on a variety of different table saws, almost all of them will require drilling of new holes. With so many different models of saws available on the market, it would be nearly impossible for manufacturers to account for all of the different hole spacings. This means you’ll likely have to mark and drill your own holes to install the system on your particular saw. Also, some saws tended to line up nicely out of the box, while others required more shimming and adjusting. If you’re handy with tools it’s probably not a problem, but it is something to be aware of.
Now you’ve got enough information to cut straight through the advertising and pick a table saw fence system that will rip your boards straight. After testing the best ones on the market for our reviews, our favorite was the Vega U26. Sturdy, strong, and accurate, with a 26-inch rip to the right of the blade add up to a very solid fence system that can be installed on almost any table saw.
For the budget-minded consumer, the Shop Fox W1410 is a low-cost alternative with smooth-rolling bearings, fine-positioning knobs, and a stable, locking fence that keeps your rips straight and accurate.
Finally, for those to whom money is no concern, the Delta Power Equipment Corporation BC50T2 is a premium offering with many great features. With a large rip size of 34 inches to the right and multiple mounting options for left-handed or right-handed users, this is one versatile table saw fence system that won’t disappoint.
With our buying guide, we are expecting that you can get the best aftermarket table saw fence for your needs! If you haven’t gotten yourself a table saw yet, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered in our popular reviews of the best table saws.