I fully expect that someday I'll be proficient enough about table saws that I'll be qualified to enter a discussion about the pros and cons of different rip fences and do it intelligently. I ain't there yet, so I'll just offer this observation: I do a lot of cuts that, I suspect, pose more of a test for a fence than others, specifically, small two-step rabbets and rips of very narrow strips from 3 to 4 foot long boards in preparation for edge-jointing (a form of poor man's jointing). I spent a good deal of time reading the instructions with the 2424, and I took the fence apart in order to understand its theory of operation, and I'm fairly careful (read: slow) in doing my set ups. If the fence weren't reliable, I'd expect it to show up in my small rabbets and slices. Thus far, every cut has been perfect. So much so, Jake, that I've postponed the purchase of a jointer because I can really make impossible-to-spot joints using my 2424 as a jointer.