I have a rather run of the mill Delta Contractor's saw. It's a good saw from the days when Porter-Cable Delta was it's own company and I have cast iron wings. There's not much to rave about, but neither is there much to complain about.
|This is actually the same saw Shannon Rogers used to have.|
Yet, one thing I did complain about was how much room the fence rails took up. The saw came with a Delta T-Lock fence (its very similar to a Biesemeyer, but not quite as substantial). I like the fence, but the 32" capacity was never used and it meant the saw sat well off the wall due to the fence length. Since I have a track saw, I can't remember the last time I made a rip bigger than 12" or 16".
Inspired by Mathew Teague
's 2006 Small Shop Article in a One Car Garage
in Fine Woodworking
, I finally took my Hackzall to the fence rails and took 5.5" off the end.
|I actually cut the back rail by hand first . . . stupid.|
This wins me 5.5" of width next to the table saw and leave me with a little more than 25" rip capacity.
|Not much, but this 5.5" will go right into the available space next to the saw.|
While I might not have been so willing to do this if I didn't have a track saw, I can't think of any negative impact this could have in my work flow, and the added space is already appreciated.
|25" inches should be plenty of capacity.|