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Question Pivoting or "back and forth" table fence---your preferences please

I am soliciting members' experience with both styles of table fences. It sure looks like the fixed-end, pivoting style is way easier to set up and make fine adjustments without having to deal with jiggling the contraption in parallel T-slots, like I have on my drill press table. Your take on it please?
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I am soliciting members' experience with both styles of table fences. It sure looks like the fixed-end, pivoting style is way easier to set up and make fine adjustments without having to deal with jiggling the contraption in parallel T-slots, like I have on my drill press table. Your take on it please?
Hi Russell - from my perspective it's a non-issue. I have a slot mounted fence but there is no rule that I can't just move one end and I frequently do to sneak in on a setting. There also doesn't seem to be any rule about just taking the knobs off completely and clamping the thing where I want it, and I have been known to do that on occasion also. Scales on the table are also sometimes frowned on but I find them useful for relative positioning so I use them.

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Hi Russell

I use the pivoting style on some of my router tables, it's so easy and quick and a snap to switch out bits..

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Hi Russell,
I have two tables that I use frequently. I can use either method for fence positioning. I prefer to use the pivot most of the time. If you have a table that has t-track that you use to guide a sled with, then using the adjustments along the edge to keep fence parallel with track must be used. If you use a sled that guides against the fence you can use either method. Personally I don't use the track for much more than attaching feather boards to.

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All my fences are now pivoting, but I've got to agree with jschaben that a tracked fence can be used free style. I think we are just conditioned to square those type of fences up,
when if you think about it .......it's really not necessary.
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My fence is also mounted in T-bolt slots, but I often just pivot one end when making adjustments. The elongated bolt slot in the fence base allows for an extensive range of movement.


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