Jale ---- Hot???!!!! I's a thinkin' ya ain't seen nuttin' yet....where's ferg
Originally posted by woodworkerjake:
It's getting hot in here.. LOL
I would side with Hewood on the fence issue. Think he spelled out reasons pretty well so won't repeat. It's the exact reason I chose Powermatic 64A.
Only thing I'd like to add is the length of rails ( of course only if you can swing the room ). I was on the fence between 30 " and 50 ". After much deliberation went long and so glad I did. First thing I did was rip some thin material for pegboard to 48" hence needing longer rails. Yesterday built cut all my wood for mitre sled. to 41 inches.
Find myself enjoying the convenience of extra length all the time. Even when I'm not using it for cuts, I can use my sled and slide the fence to side w/o taking it off table. Also when making multiple cuts for project, I use the extra tablelength to hold many of the wood pieces I'm going to shape next. Dont' NEED it, but when I do, nothing else will substitute.
If you're interested in the PM, I got mine for 849 w/ 50 " rails. You can probably get that price too if you're not in a hurry to buy YESTERDAY. Find local dealers and keep ear to pavement. I got mine at an annual open house. Everything in the store 10 % off.
Love my bies
Sheeesh Louise - I never ever said it equals I Bies or clone now so that I am not party to. I did say it decent - if not above then you all know I have in past - it's in the Official Records here
hewood - you and I have agreed on merits of Bies and in agreement so I not discussing further. I still attempting to locate a delivered General or Bridgewood for under that $650 figure but never seen one. Period.
IMO - the GI is or was the solution in/around $650 and hope I'm not offending anyone. The Rigid at sale priced under $500 was IMO hard to beat.
I think the new Grizz 0444 series, specifically the 0444z, may be the next one to beat out based on what I have seen so far. Not done any cutting yet but beautiful table,solid wings, trunnions looked strong, and the fence seems really sweet. 57" rails standard - 30" rip - delivered to door for $600 or pick-up for $525 if one can___big rail option w/ ability to rip 50" cuts at real decent price and a real 2 hp at that. If it cuts as nice as it looks - I sure believe the New Kid on the block will be looking for a match with any of them out there. Can't wait to beat it up and find out.
And lastly - rafael is right too. This Rigid fence gets hammered by those who have Bies or clones and have not used it. It is a decent fence and likely will serve many well for a long time to come.
[ 02-18-2004, 07:40 PM: Message edited by: Cranky ]
Wish I had the answers ..... even half of \'em