Best Table Saw Fences of 2020

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Table saw fences to saw like a pro.

Table saw fences are invaluable when it comes to rip-cutting and cross-cutting lumber. Without a table saw fence, you are going to struggle with the most basic cuts.

They increase safety, make your table saw easier to use, and provide you with a method to make accurate cuts.

We look at the best table saw fences to give you the lowdown on which one you should buy.


What Is a Table Saw Fence System?

Table saw fence systems help to guide material and workpieces when making rip and cross-cuts. They keep the workpiece in place, ensuring it doesn’t move when cutting. Fences are an essential part of a table saw and make the table safer to use.

Don’t listen to those dyed-in-the-wool woodworkers who tell you a table saw fence is a waste of time. Let them be the ones to freestyle their cuts and lose fingers or worse.

A table saw gives you the ability to make cuts accurately, controlling the length and size of each cut. This is called the rip capacity. By removing the fence system, the cut will almost certainly no longer be straight.

They are especially useful when cutting longer workpieces or sheet material, where the size and shape may be awkward to handle. A fence enables you to control the material by applying force as you feed it towards the blade.

Benefits of Using a Table Saw Fence

In 2010, it was estimated that over 700,000 table saws were in use in the US (1). So, it seems the general public is sold on the benefits of using a table saw, but what about you?

More Accurate

Accuracy is vital when working on any construction or project. A table saw fence increases your efficiency because it locks the workpiece in place, ensuring that cuts are correctly aligned. It also enables you to dictate the thickness of the cut.

Take Note

Try free-handing a rip cut and see how accurate you are. Only then will you understand the benefits of the table saw fence.

Improves Workrate

Once you set up the table saw to the desired rip capacity, you can fly with the work. Each cut will be precise, removing the need for you to keep checking your measurements. It means you can get the job done in half the time.

This improvement in productivity is a significant advantage if you are embarking on a major building project and have a ton of wood to get through.

Saves You Money

A table saw fence saves you money because you won’t make as many mistakes. Every cut will be exactly to the standard and measurement you want. Once you set it up correctly, you can get through a lot of cuts in a short period.

Safety

Using a table saw fence is safer than not. It reduces kickback because you can apply steady pressure on the material as you feed it towards the blade. It also reduces accidents because it keeps the workpiece in one place rather than freehand cutting, which leaves you at the mercy of the table saw blade.

To put it simply: if you want to keep hold of your limbs, get a table saw fence.

How to Choose the Best Table Saw Fence

Many elements make the perfect table saw fence, and often the number one priority will differ from person to person. We discuss the things you should be looking for when considering a new table saw fence.

Is the Fence Parallel?

The whole point of a table saw fence is that it’s parallel to the table saw blade. If the fence is off-center, so is every cut you make. Even the smallest inaccuracy can lead to a catastrophic effect on the project.

We set out in a subheading below how to check the alignment of your table saw fence.

Rigidity

The fence has to remain rigid the whole time you use it. It if flexes or moves in any way, you can kiss accurate cuts goodbye.

The best material is good old steel, but you typically get them on the heavy-duty professional table saws. Steel is solid, weighty, and unlikely to warp.

Most fences on woodshop table saws are constructed from aluminum or a mixture of steel and aluminum.

A good rule of thumb would be to check the fence for its weight. If it feels flimsy, it is probably a cheaply made fence.

Easy to Install

The new fence should be simple to install on your table saw. You should always double-check your table saw’s compatibility when shopping for accessories. It’s impossible for every fence and table saw to be completely compatible, so expect to drill some new holes when you line it up.

This means you will be making adjustments, which could get a little complicated if you’re not a seasoned pro.

If you are a novice woodworker, try looking for a table saw fence with a front clamp rather than a front and rear. It enables the fence to fit any size table. And if you can get one with a T-bar, even better. The T-bar increases the rigidity of the fence and stops it from moving during operation.

Ease of Use

The fence has to be easy to master and quick to set up. Spending an hour doing this is not going to be ideal, especially when you are up against time constraints. Also, during use, if the fence needs to be adjusted, this action needs to be swift too. Look for a fence that has a simple locking cam that operates with one hand.

Front locking fences are ideal for one-handed operation. They free up your other hand for other tasks.

Table Saw Size

Table saw fences come in various sizes, as do table saws. It depends on the length of the fence and how it attaches to the table. Some fences have a maximum span of 27 inches, while others reach as far as 50 inches.

Professional cabinet table saws have the widest span, and are best equipped to handle the most substantial material sizes. Portable table saws, on the other hand, are more effective in smaller settings.

Rip Size

Rip size varies enormously between table saw fences. If you are cutting more extensive material, you will need a table saw fence that extends on rails or a cabinet saw with increased capacity. This gives you the ability to cut larger sheet material.

Before buying a table saw fence, you should first decide what you intend to use the table saw for.

Manual or Electric?

Some table saw fences have digital readouts. These give you super-accurate measurements using “Precise Fraction Technology.” Others rely on a simple gauge. Which you prefer is a matter of personal choice.


The Best Table Saw Fences of 2020

Here is our breakdown of the top table saw fences you can buy.

1. Uni-T-Fence Table Saw Fence

Best Table Saw for Home Workshops

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This heavy-duty aluminum fence is an upgrade for the Delta Unifence system, so if you have a Delta fence, this is the one to choose. It has a 43-inch length, which increases the size of the lumber you want to rip. And, because it replaces the Delta system, it simply slides onto the existing bracket.

It is the easiest way to upgrade your bench saw fence without drilling holes or allowing for adjustments. Also, the fence is self-lubricating and abrasion-proof, so you should reduce instances of kickback.

Plus, the high impact strength also means that it can take the punishment no matter what the temperature.

Why We Love It

Easy to Install

This rip fence is designed to upgrade the Delta Unifence system. So it slides right onto the existing Delta bracket and requires no additional adjustments.

The Price

At almost five times less than the Vega fence, this Uni-T-Fence is excellent value for money. It is a budget-friendly way to increase your fence capacity without breaking the bank.

Self-Lubricating

Your table saw fence should be smooth to ease the workpiece along the surface. This fence is self-lubricating, so it will reduce issues of kickback. This will make sawing your material more manageable.

Keep In Mind

Restricted Use

This fence is designed to upgrade the Delta Unifence system, so it is not compatible with any other saw system. For that reason, it has a limited audience of Delta table saw users.

Additional Specs

Rip capacity30 inches
Length43 inches
CompatibilityDelta Unisaw
MaterialAluminum
Cost$$

2. DeWALT DW745 Table Saw Fence

Best Table Saw Fence for Small Shops

Dewalt DW745 Table Saw Replacement Fence Assembly
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DeWALT had to feature somewhere in this rundown of table saw fences. This fence feels lightweight because it is constructed from aluminum. However, it should withstand the rigors of your small woodshop.

This product is not a universal fence as it only fits the DeWALT 10-inch DW745 table saw, which is a portable and compact model. For that reason, you don’t get the highest rip capacity, at just 20 inches.

That said, if you own the DeWALT portable table saw, it may work for you. You most likely already have a small workspace or want the maneuverability of the saw rather than the rip capacity.

Why We Love It

Great Brand Name

DeWALT is one of those brand names that America loves. They are a household name and have been making quality products for generations. No job site is complete without a DeWALT power tool.

The Price

On the one hand, it is a lot cheaper than some premium brands like Vega, but on the other, the price-tag is high considering that it is essentially a strip of aluminum. In the end, we decided it was a plus point.

Easy to Install

It replaces the old fence on the DW745 table saw, so it comes with everything to swap them over. There is no need to make adjustments or drill new holes. It’s a like for like scenario.

Keep In Mind

Build Quality

While the fence is constructed from lightweight aluminum and can take what you throw at it, the clamp ends are less robust. Treat them with care if you want to avoid buying a second or third replacement saw fence.

Restricted Use

DeWALT only makes this fence available for the DeWALT DW745 10-inch table saw, so don’t expect it to fit universally.

Additional Specs

Rip capacity20 inches
Length30 inches
CompatibilityDeWALT DW745
MaterialAluminum
Cost$$

3. Vega Pro 50 Table Saw Fence System

Best Professional Table Saw Fence

Vega PRO 50 Table Saw Fence System: 42-Inch Fence Bar, 50-Inch to Right
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Ask any pro-woodworker or carpenter what table saw fence they’d like, and we’re pretty sure Vega would be near the top of the list. This Pro 50 is the larger of the models, at 42 inches, but you can buy the smaller 36-inch version.

So, why is this fence our favorite? At 42 inches, it allows for longer rip cuts, and the rip capacity is 50 inches. Installing this fence shouldn’t take any longer than 15 minutes. Plus, because it fits Delta Unisaw, Contractor, and Powermatic 10-inch saws, there is no drilling required.

This Vega fence system also has micro-adjustments to make sure that you are 100% accurate with your cuts. The only downside is the price; it is very expensive, costing more than some entire table saws. That said, you know this fence is quality, and you always get what you pay for.

Why We Love It

Rip Capacity

If you are working on larger pieces of lumber or sheet material, this rip fence gives you 42 inches of length and 50 inches of rip capacity. That means this saw fence is at home on bulk projects and heavy-duty construction.

Accuracy

This fence has micro-adjustability. So if you are working on a precision workpiece, this fence can handle it. Cabinet makers will also benefit from this table saw fence.

Easy Install

Because this fence is compatible with Delta Unisaws, Contractor, and Powermatic saws, it shouldn’t take any longer than 15 minutes to install. There is also no need to drill any holes.

Keep In Mind

The Price

This thing is eye-wateringly expensive. At this price, you should rightfully expect quality, and this Vega fence delivers.

However, because of the costs, only pro or semi-pro woodworkers are going to be interested. It will be beyond the reach of the average hobbyist.

Additional Specs

Rip capacity50 inches
Length42 inches
CompatibilityDelta Unisaw, Contractor, Powertec
MaterialAluminum
Cost$$$

4. Delta 36-T30T3 30-Inch Fence System

Best Fence and Rail System

Delta, 36-T30T3, 30 in. DELTA T3 Fence System
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This Delta fence and rail system has a three-point locking system with twin hairline pointers. This is to ensure that the fence is always parallel to the saw blade. It is accurate to within 1/64 of an inch.

It has an easy-gliding steel tubular body that allows quick and precise adjustments to speed along your project. This fence system is compatible with Delta, Contractor, Unisaws, and hybrid table saws.

It has a rip capacity of 30 inches, and the tubes are steel, with the fence being aluminum.

Why We Love It

Sturdy

The steel tubes are robust and easy to use. The fence is constructed from heavy-duty aluminum to take the rigors of woodshop life.

Three-Point Locking

The three-point locking system enables you to adjust the fence always to be parallel to the saw blade. It also means that it is super-accurate.

Good Compatibility

This fence system is compatible with Delta saws, Contractor saws, hybrid saws, and Unisaws. If you own one of these models, this would be a great buy.

Keep In Mind

The Price

This fence and rail system is not cheap to buy. It will set you back almost the same price as an entirely new compact table saw. For this reason, we think that the professionals and more seasoned woodworkers will like this fence.

Additional Specs

Rip capacity30 inches
Length37 inches
CompatibilityDelta, Unisaw, Contractor, Hybrid saws
MaterialAluminum
Cost$$$

5. Shop Fox W1410 Fence with Standard Rails

Best Table Saw Fence for Cabinet Making

Shop Fox W1410 Fence with Standard Rails
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For all you cabinet makers out there, this Shop Fox fence and rail system is a great purchase. It slides on ball bearings, so the adjustment motion is very smooth. It means that if you want to make precise cuts, like the ones used in furniture making, this fence has you covered.

It was a close contender for the fence and rail system award.

It fits most 27-inch table saws and has fine positioning knobs on both sides for left and right-handed use. Again, the knobs were another feature that made this fence stand out to the cabinet makers.

Why We Love It

Ball Bearing Sliders

This fence and rail system has ball bearings to ensure that when it slides in and out, the action is super-smooth. It means that you don’t have to battle with the fence when adjusting it.

Almost Universal

This fence and rail system is compatible with almost every 27-inch table saw on the market. It makes this the go-to choice if you are unsure if a specific fence will fit. By choosing this model, you can almost guarantee it will.

Easy Installation

Having a table saw fence that is easy to install is a real bonus. Some universal fences require drilling and adjusting, but not this one.

Keep In Mind

The Price

Shop Fox makes good quality products, and that means the price for this fence is high. It retails at more than some compact table saws, so think carefully before you buy. Do you need something this expensive and are you likely to get your money’s worth out of it?

Additional Specs

Rip capacity22 inches
Length50 inches
CompatibilityMost 27-inch table saws
MaterialAluminum
Cost$$$

6. Carter Magfence II Universal Magnetic Fence

Best Table Saw Fence for Beginners

CARTER MAGFENCE II Universal Magnetic Fence
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This Carter Magfence is something different. Unlike most table saw fences, this version uses powerful magnets to hold the fence in position. It sticks to almost any non-ferrous metal surfaces, making this the ideal product for beginners.

You needn’t panic that this fence isn’t going to be compatible with your set up, which saves you wasted dollars in expense. It’s also simple to use. Place it on the tabletop, and it clamps into position magnetically.

It measures 16 inches long and 3-½ inches tall. It also has multiple T-slots. For novices, this table fence is ideal because it requires zero adjustment holes to be drilled and fits almost any table.

Why We Love It

Instant Fit

Drop it down on the table surface, and it’s ready to go. Magnetic force holds it in place until you need to adjust or remove it.

Simple to Use

If you are new to table saws and fences, this could be the answer to your dreams. What could be easier to use, and it frees up time for you to get used to how a fence works.

Universal

This table saw fence fits almost anything with a metal surface. Drop it down, adjust it, and you’re ready to start sawing.

Keep In Mind

Don’t Push Too Hard

Once you have mastered how to use this beginners’ fence, graduate to something more substantial. Magnets are no substitute for clamps that firmly grip the fence in place. If you try cutting heavier lumber with this fence, it is likely to move, which means your cuts are inaccurate.

Not for Serious Woodworkers

Experienced woodworkers and carpenters would sneer at this fence. It isn’t robust enough to withstand heavy-duty rigors of the woodshop.

Additional Specs

Rip capacityNo limits as it depends on your table saw
Length16 inches
CompatibilityAlmost every table saw with a non-ferrous surface
MaterialPowder-coated aluminum
Cost$$

7. Wixey WR700 Saw Fence Digital Readout

Best Value for Money

1500mm/ 60' Digital Saw Fence Readout
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This Wixey table saw fence offers something a little different to the norm. The 60-inch saw fence is made from aluminum and has a universal mounting bracket that fits most rails.

However, the readout is digital. It utilizes patent-pending “Precise Fraction Technology” to give you the most accurate measurements of any fence. Its magnetic attachments allow you to remove the fence but maintain calibration.

The battery lasts for up to two years, and the display is clear to read.

Why We Love It

Universal

This digital readout mounts on any table saw, so whatever the make, you can ensure your saw fence is set correctly.

Long-Lasting Battery

With two-year battery life, you can rely on the Wixey giving you plenty of hassle-free service.

Keep In Mind

Needs to be Recalibrated

It needs recalibrating often. It is a wise idea to do this every week to make sure you maintain accuracy.

Plastic Rails

The rails that attach with brackets to the table saw are made from plastic and feel cheaply made. This is important because should you knock the display, it could easily fall and crack the screen.

Additional Specs

Rip capacityN/A
Length60 inches
CompatibilityUniversal
MaterialPlastic
Cost$$

8. Shop Fox Aluma Classic Fence

Best Aftermarket Table Saw Fence

Shop Fox W1716 Aluma-Classic Fence with Standard Rails, 57-Inch
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Shop Fox feature again with this classic table saw fence. It measures 57 inches and allows for maximum rip cuts of 30 inches. This model clamps from the front, making it a universal table saw fence.

The body of the rail is steel and aluminum to make it robust but lightweight. The single locking cam lever means that it is easy to adjust for making swift changes.

Why We Love It

Universal

It clamps at the front, so it fits almost any type and size of table saw. It takes the guesswork out of choosing the right fence.

Robust

This table saw fence is constructed from steel and aluminum to make it both lightweight and strong. It won’t flex like some table saw fences.

Ease of Use

They don’t come much easier to use than this. It operates via a cam lock handle at the front of the fence. It can adjust and lock with one hand, freeing you up to concentrate on other things.

Keep In Mind

The Price

As we’ve said on previous occasions, the best table saw fences are expensive. This model is no exception. However, quality costs and this fence is very high quality. The price-tag puts this saw fence out of the reach of most DIY enthusiasts.

Additional Specs

Rip capacity30 inches
Length57 inches
CompatibilityUniversal
MaterialSteel and aluminum
Cost$$$

9. Ryobi RTS 10 10-Inch Table Saw Fence

Best Budget Table Saw Fence

Ryobi RTS10 10' Table Saw Replacement Rip Fence Assembly # 089037007706
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As far as the budget table saw fences go, this one is the king. It retails at 18 times less than the best table saw fence overall, the Vega Pro. So, our expectations are not too high regarding the quality of this fence.

The thing to remember about this Ryobi fence is that it replaces the fence on a Ryobi RTS 10-inch table saw. It isn’t a universal product and has limited use.

It is constructed from aluminum and measures 20 inches long, so don’t expect substantial rip cuts with this fence. There is a single locking cam handle to make operating this fence easier with one hand.

Why We Love It

The Price

To think that this fence costs little more than a few cocktails at your favorite bar is incredible. It almost seems too good to be true.

Keep In Mind

Restricted Usage

Unless you own a Ryobi RTS 10-inch table saw, don’t buy this product. It won’t fit any other table saw.

Build Quality Issues

This fence suffers from the fact it is so cheap. The manufacturer has almost created a throw-away product by cutting back on the quality to lower the price. That said, if you are trying to keep to a budget, this saw fence will produce some decent results.

Additional Specs

Rip capacity30 inches
Length20 inches
CompatibilityRyobi 10-inch table saw
MaterialSteel and aluminum
Cost$

10. Delta Power Tools 78- 919BT2 Biesemeyer Fence

Best Classic Table Saw Fence

Delta Power Tools 78-919BT2 Biesemeyer Fence, Black
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This Delta Power table saw fence has a three-point locking system, much like the other featured Delta saw fence. It enables the user to set the fence always to be parallel with the blade, and increase the accuracy of the cut.

Delta is an American institution and a name synonymous with quality and innovation, so it’s no wonder that we feature two Delta fences in this review. This fence is compatible with the 35-L352, 36-L552, and the 36-L552LVC Type 2 Unisaws.

Why We Love It

Good Quality

This Delta fence screams excellent quality. It is the famous T-bar design, which gives a firmer grip and better rigidity of the fence.

Trusted Brand

Delta is one of those trusted US brands that has almost legendary status within American society. They are a trusted manufacturer that produces high-quality products.

Keep In Mind

The Price

Quality comes at a price, and for many, the cost for this fence will be too high. That said, it isn’t the most expensive fence on the market, and some could argue that it sits in the middle of the price spectrum. Perceptions of value differ from person to person.

Limited Usage

This fence is only compatible with other Delta products, so if you don’t own a Delta table saw, look elsewhere for your fence.

Additional Specs

Rip capacityDepend on the table saw capacity (Most Delta’s are 30 inches)
Length57 inches
CompatibilityDelta 35-L352, 36-L552, and the 36-L552LVC Type 2 Unisaws
MaterialSteel and aluminum
Cost$$$

Table Saw Fence Comparison Chart

ProductBestRip capacityLengthCompatibilityMaterial
Vega Pro 50 FenceOverall50″42″Delta Unisaw, Contractor, PowertecAluminum
Uni-T-Fence Home Workshops30″43″Delta UnisawAluminum
DeWALT DW745Small Shops20″30″DeWALT DW745Aluminum
Delta 36-T30T3 Fence SystemFence & Rail System30″37″Delta, Unisaw, Contractor, Hybrid sawsAluminum
Shop Fox W1410 FenceCabinet Making22″50″Most 27-inch table sawsAluminum
Carter Magfence IIBeginnersNo limits16″Non-ferrous table sawPowder-coated aluminum
Wixey WR700 Saw FenceValue For MoneyN/A60″UniversalPlastic
Shop Fox Aluma FenceAftermarket30″57″UniversalSteel & aluminum
Ryobi RTS 10 Table Saw FenceBudget Pick30″20″Ryobi 10-inch table sawSteel & aluminum
Delta Power Tools BiesemeyerClassicDepends on table saw57″Delta 35-L352, 36-L552, & the 36-L552LVC Type 2 UnisawsSteel & aluminum
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How to Use a Table Saw Fence

Table saw fences run parallel with the blade, typically on the right-hand side. They are clamped either at the front or the front and rear. To adjust the fence, simply release the cam levers, and the fence is free to move.

Running along the table are miter grooves set at popular preset measurements, as indicated on the gauge. Where you choose to place the fence is up to you and should be determined by the size of the workpiece.

Simply slide the fence towards the blade for narrower rips, or away if you are cutting sheet material. Make sure that you clamp all available cam levers in place, or the fence will move during operation.

Make sure that you exert forward pressure when pushing the material towards the blade, pressing into the fence to give you stability. As the blade cuts the material, keep that force up, and feed the workpiece through.

As you near the blade, use a push stick to avoid coming into contact with the saw blade.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Make My Table Saw Fence Accurate?

Set the fence at 2 inches and cut a 20-inch long strip of three-quarter inch thick fiberboard. Then, cut it into five pieces measuring 5 inches long. Take all five strips and stack them edge to edge.

If it measures 10 inches, you have an accurate table saw fence. This method works because it takes into account cumulative error rather than single inaccuracies. You are more likely to notice five errors rather than one.

How to Make Sure My Table Saw Fence is Straight?

To check that the fence is straight, use a straight edge and check that the front and back of the fence align with the miter slot. If you get different measurements, the fence is not straight.

A more accurate way to check would be to align the blade with the miter slot. And then check the distance between the front and back of the fence to the blade.

Time to Think

Struggling to align the fence, and no matter what you try, the measurement is still off? Then consider whether your fence is capable of offering reliable parallel alignment.

How to Upgrade a Table Saw Fence?

Many people are happy with their table saw, but not the fence. You can upgrade your fence easily, using cuts of wood. Decide what rip capacity you want, as well as length. By cutting a strip of wood and screwing the table saw to the wood, you increase its capacity.

If you want to increase the height and rigidity of your table saw fence, but don’t have the dollars to buy a new fence, try building a basic box shape for the fence to sit in.


Don’t Sit on the Fence

Never underestimate that a fence is one of the most critical elements of your table saw. Without it, the saw is more dangerous, less accurate, and less efficient. If you are embarking on a building project, and working with lumber, a table saw is going to be your best friend.

Our only advice is that you should never make freehand cuts when using the table saw if you want to keep hold of your fingers. Install a fence at all times.

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About the Author

Mark Weir

Mark spent 24 years working in real estate, so he knows his way around a home. He also worked with contractors and experts, advising them on issues of planning, investments, and renovations. Mark is no stranger to hands-on experience, having renovated his own home and many properties for resale. He likes nothing better than seeing a project through to completion.
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