Best Table Saw Fence in 2019 – Expert’s Guide & Reviews!

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Today I'm going to discuss the best table saw fences to help you get any table saw project done precisely and efficiently. With so many options on the market, buying a new tool of any kind can be overwhelming.

Table saw fences are no exception. Fortunately, I have reviewed some of the highest ranked table saw fence options for you. This guide should provide enough insight to help you make an informed choice that you can feel confident in.

Here are my picks for the table saw fences to help you get the job done quickly and accurately.




7 Best Table Saw Fence in 2019 - Reviews


 1. Vega PRO 50 Table Saw Fence

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The Vega PRO 50 table saw fence system is the upgraded professional successor to the utility model that we reviewed above.

While that was an incredible model, this one is more for those looking for the rugged durability that a commercial unit should provide. However, it is still refined and easy enough to use for your everyday woodworking and residential projects.

This unit features larger components that can handle more rigid projects, such as cutting larger and tougher materials. It was designed to be used on 10- to 12-inch saws.

It can fit numerous table saw brands, depending on the existing hole patterns.

The fence mounting system allows adjustments all around to ensure that you are getting the most accurate cut possible. The guide rails are attached by jack-style brackets to make it easier to adjust them and get the rails leveled.

The head of the system locks tightly against the front rail while the rubber bumper presses against the rear rail. The head also contains a micro adjustment screw so you can make last-minute changes to the fence.

The head has a sight window that sits above the tape so that you can get accurate measurements.

The rip capacity is 50 inches to the right and 10 inches to the left, and the fence stands at 2.5 inches tall.


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While the price of this unit lands right in the middle, its weight is on the heavier side. This might limit your ability to move it from work site to work site as easily as you would a lighter model.

However, the quality of the build and precision of the unit makes up for the added weight.

What we liked

  • Commercial build quality
  • Ability to handle larger and more rigid materials
  • Jack-style brackets
  • Longer rip capacity
  • Adjustable all around

What we didn’t like

  • A lot of the parts arrive with sharp burrs, which can be easily removed, but are a pain to deal with.

 2. Shop Fox W1716 Aluma-Classic Fence

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The Shop Fox W1716 is the perfect option for those who are looking for a durable fencing system, but at a more affordable price point.

This fence is made with a mixture of aluminum and steel. The steel makes the fencing system strong and able to resist regular wear and tear over time.

The addition of aluminum makes the entire unit a lot lighter so that it is easier to pack and take from work site to work site. The aluminum also allows for a lower price point, without taking away from the quality of the unit. This makes it more affordable than steel-only options.

The most appealing aspect of this unit is that it can fit on various table saws due to its widely spaced adjustment points and torsion box design. The unit also features a cam-lever front locking mechanism.

It doesn't require any rear locking mechanisms. These heavy-duty locking levers ensure that the fence will not deflect during use. This way, you can be sure you will get a great cut every single time.

Another added benefit is that the measuring tape included with the unit is attached using a self-adhesive. This is beneficial for those who would like to mount the measuring tape at different locations on the unit rather than being stuck with whatever the manufacturer decided was appropriate.

It also comes with standard rails, adjustable fence pads and an adjustable magnified cursor to allow you to get into position quickly with ease.

As we get into specifications, we find that the standard rails measure 57 inches and provide 30 inches of rip to the right of the blade. 

What we liked

  • Heavy-duty locking levers
  • Adjustable measuring tape
  • Magnified cursor
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable

What we didn’t like

  • Installation of this unit can be quite fussy and might require a second set of hands. If the instructions were written better, it might not be as hard.

 3. Shop Fox W1410 Fence with Standard Rails

The Shop Fox W1410 is a basic, easy-to-use and effective unit that won’t devastate your wallet in the process. The main selling point of this particular model is that it can fit on almost any 27-inch saw.

This is especially helpful for those with older models. It is also the chosen system for those with major name brands, and even some of the lesser known brands, because of how versatile it is.

The unit has positioning knobs on both sides of the unit so that you can use it whether you are righthanded or lefthanded.

Installation for this system is also a breeze, with easy-to-follow instructions and no-fuss locking mechanisms. This unit locks on both the front and back. It has a large locking lever made out of durable materials to ensure that the unit stays in place.

The handle won't give out after regular wear and tear like many of the plastic levers on the market.

The handle won't give out after regular wear and tear like many of the plastic levers on the market.

The system stays aligned and parallel to the blade whether you have locked the mechanisms into place or not. This way, if you forget to lock it down one day, you can rest assured that you probably still have a very accurate cut.

The system has a unique rolling tracking system that rides on ball bearing guides. This allows you to easily move it with your finger or a piece of wood, with little to no force required.

Additionally, the unit comes with micro precision adjustment knobs that are built in. Therefore, you can adjust the unit as necessary.

It also has a specialty track to use with an anti-kickback system by Board Buddies.

What we liked

  • Easy to install
  • Precision cuts when locked or unlocked
  • Ball bearing guides on the track system
  • Additional features to use different attachments
  • Can be used on both older and newer saws

What we didn’t like

  • The drill and tap that comes with the unit is useless. It is built poorly and performs even worse, so be sure to get a better set ready before you install the unit to your saw.

 4. Peachtree Woodworking 43” Uni-T-Fence

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This Uni-T-Fence is a replacement fence for the Uni-T-Fence table saw system made by Delta. The Uni-T-Fence system is one of the most well-known fencing systems in the woodworking world.

It is usually rivaled by Biesemeyer fencing systems. However, the only downside to this product is that you must already own the Delta Uni-T-Fence, which has since been discontinued. 

If you are lucky enough to own the Uni-T-Fence system, this is the best replacement table saw fences for your product on the market. This particular fence is made out of heavy-duty aluminum.

The aluminum faces are replaceable, which is quite a unique feature. This allows you to simply replace the face when it starts to look worn out or flex during cuts due to wear and tear.

This fence comes with “A” T-Slots. This will allow you to mount any fence accessories you might enjoy using with your table saw, such as board buddies, feather boards and jigs.

There are other slots to mount UHMW fence faces and Delta Uni-T-Fence Guides, as well as slots to mount the Uni-T-Fence to other saw fences.

The face of this fence is 43 inches long, it has a 50-inch rip capacity to the right of the blade and it stands at about 2.5 inches tall.

The price and weight of this replacement are definitely on the lower end.

However, you have to keep in mind that this is just a fence replacement and not an entire unit.

What we liked

  • Compatible with the Delta Uni-T-Fence
  • Replaceable faces
  • Aluminum construction
  • Easy to install
  • Various slots for mounting accessories

What we didn’t like

  • Having replaceable fence faces is a nice addition, but it could also be problematic. One of the aspects that makes a good table saw fence is solid steel or aluminum construction with few or no moving or removable parts.
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    Having a fence face that is made of a weaker material that can be removed might make the stability and strength of that fence weaker than a fence that is made entirely of steel with no removable face.

 5.Delta Power Equipment Corporation BC30T2

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Biesemeyer is the gold standard when it comes to fence systems. It’s a name you have probably heard in the world of fence and rail systems, and there’s good reason for this.

For starters, it is a system that was developed by Delta. It has been a household name ever since it was released.

This particular unit is very versatile. It can be used with any Delta saw, along with other table saws, assuming they have cast iron tables and the proper mounting holes.

The unit has a guide tube that is made up of a single 14-gauge piece of steel and mounted on an angle iron rail. The sides of the system are made with laminated birch plywood.

This is somewhat of a downgrade from solid steel construction. However, plywood is quite durable and should hold up over time against regular wear and tear.

Even though the sides are made up of plywood, the body of the fence is constructed of 14-gauge steel that has been welded to increase its strength and durability.

The locking system of this unit is more complex than others. It is a three-point locking system rather than the standard one- or two-point system.

The locking mechanisms have hairline pointers to ensure that the fence stays parallel to the blade when it is locked down to keep all measurements and cuts as precise as possible.

The fence attaches to the front tube to also keep the blade parallel. Additionally, this unit comes with easy gliding nylon pads.

It also has a quick action handle that has magnets to keep the handle in a release position unless otherwise directed.

The right-side rip capacity is 30 inches, while the left side is 12 inches. The fence stands at 2.5 inches tall.

This unit comes with an impressive warranty and sits in the mid range for price and weight.

What we liked

  • Reputable brand name
  • 14-gauge steel construction
  • Three-point locking system
  • Quick action handle that stays in the release position
  • Impressive warranty

What we didn’t like

  • The sides being made of plywood is not necessarily the worst thing in the world. However, it could potentially make the product wear out faster than if it was entirely steel construction.

 6. Vega Pro 40 Table Saw Fence System

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The Vega PRO 40 table saw fence system was an easy choice for our second-place fence system.

For starters, the product is made with high-quality durable steel to ensure that you won’t be needing a replacement anytime soon.

The heavy-duty steel that is used to create this unit makes commercial-sized projects and cutting heavier materials a breeze.

This specific model by Vega should fit any existing table saw you may own without requiring any unnecessary drilling.

Additionally, the fence system is a solidly built unit that is easy to set up. It even comes with the ability to make micro adjustments and install various table saw accessories. The fence locks parallel to the table saw’s blade.

The measuring scales are on the fence itself, making it easy to get the perfect cut every single time. The quick lockdown capabilities are a fantastic addition.

They not only ensure accuracy, but improve your efficiency and performance when working with the saw.

The locking mechanisms themselves are strong and sturdy. They make you feel confident that they aren’t going anywhere, even when you are putting the fence through a lot of work.

As for specifications, the fence system includes brackets that will allow you to adjust the jacking plates to keep the fence rails level where you need them to be.

The fence bar’s rip capacity is 40 inches when it is positioned to the right, and 10 inches when positioned to the left.

This particular framing system comes in on the heavier side. It is also on the higher end for pricing.

However, with this fencing system, you are certainly getting what you paid for.

What we liked

  • Versatile mounting system
  • Micro adjusting capabilities
  • Accurate measuring scales
  • Durable steel construction
  • Pre-drilled for easy installation

What we didn’t like

  • The pre-attached ruler might not be exactly where you want it placed. It would be better off being shipped as a self-adhesive item.


 7. DELTA 36-T30 T2 Fence and Rail System

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This Delta fence and rail system is for those who are looking for the easiest-to-use option, but are not willing to skimp on quality.

This steel and rail system is made out of high-quality steel and welded at any potential weak points to ensure that it stays strong under any high-pressure jobs.

The moment you unbox this system, you will see how easy it is to use. It can be used with numerous table saws for a number of different jobs.

The T-square locking system keeps the unit locked down tightly and does not move when in use. This helps to get perfect alignments and highly accurate cuts.

While the pre-drilled holes might not match your table saw, you can easily modify them to suit your needs.

Keep in mind that this fencing system is built with some very sturdy materials. Drilling might not be easy, but it will be worth it to see how strong this model really is. You simply lock the fence securely against the front guide rail, and the rear-angled iron piece is pulled tightly over the rear rail as you clamp down the front.

This front locking fence allows you to add any additional fence attachments you might need. This unit also includes a steel easy-gliding guide tube with scale so that you can get any repetitive cuts done quickly and correctly without worry.

The rail length is 57 inches and the fence is 37 inches with a 30-inch rip capacity. This unit is in between the higher and lower priced units.

However, it comes with all the necessary hardware, good build quality and an impressive warranty.

What we liked

  • T-square locking system
  • Good for repetitive precision cuts
  • Includes necessary hardware
  • High-quality steel and welded parts
  • Easy to install and use

What we didn’t like

  • The handle is plastic, which is an odd choice of material for such an important part of a model that is otherwise made with such high-end materials.

How I chose table saw fence


When reviewing these table saw fence and rail systems, there were a few things I looked for to make the best decision. The first thing I looked for was the brand name.

This might seem kind of silly, but there are many brands out there that have been doing this for years with a good reputation. After looking at the brand name, I will usually look at some verified customer reviews to ensure that the product isn’t just hype.

Secondly, I will look at what materials the system was made out of. The last thing I want is a table saw fence that is made out of a cheap material that will flex while I’m cutting with it.

Flex usually means bad cuts. Materials such as flimsy woods and plastics are likely going to flex. I don’t want to spend a ton of money on a product that is going to be put through a lot of work and will wear out more easily.

Steel is the gold standard when it comes to fencing systems, as it will withstand almost anything you throw at it. It can handle all sorts of hard work and rigid materials for years to come.

I then look for how versatile the product is. Saws aren’t necessarily something you replace very often. However, when I spend a lot of money on something, such as a fencing system, I’d like the comfort of knowing that if my saw decides to quit on me, I can at least take the fencing system with me to the next saw.

Making sure that it can be used on various table saws is very important.

Last but not least, I always look at the installation process. Installing new gadgets can be a pain.

If it is too hard to install, you might not install it properly, which could lead to damaging the product and potentially hurting yourself while the saw is in use.

Therefore, it is important to ensure that you can handle the installation process.


Things to look for when buying a table saw fence


The first thing you must look for when buying a table saw fence is your current table saw.

You certainly do not want to spend a couple hundred dollars on a unit you can’t use or wreck the product by installing it on an incompatible saw and not being able to return it.

There are a few good options on the market that have versatile mounting options that should be compatible with any saw, no matter how old or new it is.

Furthermore, there are modifications you can make to the fencing system that will allow it to work with your particular table saw.

However, this should only be a last resort. Drilling holes into the product will not only void the potential return and warranty, but could also damage the product in such a way that might render it useless or unsafe.

The best thing you can do is research your current table saw and the fencing system that is in your price range and ensure that it fits.


A few benefits of using a table saw fence


Some might say that a table saw fencing system is a waste of money and that any good woodworker can wing it and make an accurate cut. This simply isn’t true.

If your current table saw isn’t living up to your needs and expectations, I always recommend that before you upgrade your table saw, you get a fencing system.

A table saw fence won’t make a saw more powerful, but it will help you get more accurate cuts.

These cuts can be repeated with ease, which might increase your efficiency and make you a faster woodworker. You can do this without skimping on quality or safety.

Even an experienced woodworker can mess up. With the price of lumber these days, it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra support to help you achieve perfect cuts, especially when doing repetitive work.

Conclusion


With so many table saws on the market and different variations in our home, choosing a table saw fence that will fit your particular setup can be quite overwhelming. You might even wonder if it’s necessary.

However, they are a fantastic addition to any woodworker’s arsenal. They can make your cuts more accurate and also increase your efficiency.

This will allow you to take on more projects at a time, while still prioritizing the quality of your work.

FAQ


Before you dive into the exciting world of table saw fences, you should first ask yourself what projects you are hoping to take on with your table saw. What do those projects entail?

This question is very important, as table saw fences come in varying sizes, without the ability to extend with attachments.

This means whatever size you buy you are usually stuck with. If you need more than 30 inches, you should probably be looking at the 50-inch options.

However, if you are working on small projects, 30 inches should be more than enough.

This question is also important because each table saw fence installs differently, performs differently, and even provides different and unique features.

Maybe you are looking for something with a movable measuring tape, or maybe you need a fence that has an easy-to-use track system.

All of these questions, when answered, will help you determine what type of table saw fence you should be purchasing.

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