thinking about buying one , any thing bad about the sh-5 freud
Hi, hope this point of view helps. I recently bought this Freud fence and the
floor-standing table it matches to. I don't have a shop, as such, so the fence needed to have dust control as a feature. I am thoroughly happy so far, but I have to qualify that by saying it is far from the finest available. As I said in a reply to another new member, I am pondering whether to sell a kidney to buy Incra's full-tilt boogie system for my General table saw. This would be my ideal goal, because much of what I do with the router requires a tall fence.
I built a fairly solid system for this. I bought a 10 by 27 inch cast iron extension from General to which I mounted a 3 1/2 horse router to the under-slung t-slots. My table saw has to be mobile because I use it in our basement which is not a shop at all. The extra weight of the extension and router have almost resulted in the table saw wanting to be tippy on it's cabinet and rolling stand. My intention was to combine router and table saw together to utilize my Incra 1000SE mitre gauge and General T-fence.[/I made the standing fence 27 inches long, 12 inches tall, gussetted with four
pocket-holed squared braces. So far, so good. But with the new need to add braces under the extension wing, and the lack of being able to stay set up
for any long term in that used area of the basement, I decided to buy the Freud, set it up in the kitchen where we are doing a full renovation, use it for the cabinets being built, then probably sell it But to your question, yes, for reasonable quality, fairly sturdy, micro-adjust for jointing and bang for your buck, I'd say you'll probably be happy. I intend to improve my table saw arrangement with a longer rolling cart, which I'll build, and incorporated vertical braces. Good Luck.I]