Kelly, I think you have to consider the place where you saw the fence set up. From all the complaints, about HD, in this thread, would your really expect them to have the fence properly aligned?
If you look at the comments of people who have actually purchased and put the saw together, they love the new fence. The jury is still out on actuall magazine reviews/tests. I do understand that Am. Woodworker has reviewed the saw and given it a Best Buy award. Besides, if you have had success with the 2424 fence, which didn't get very high marks for it's fence, I'd certainly consider the 3612 if the design has improved.