This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (Bob Wilson)
Date: 11 Dec 91 20:00:59 GMT
I have the popular Freud. It works well. The fence is not a marvel of
precision, but there was a good article in FWW just exactly about how
to do good work with this unit. The author had made various wooden pieces
to use in setting the fence for specific cuts. The fence is not worse
than most of the competition anyway, but it is not as nice as a $500+
I first was going to buy the Ryobi, which can sometimes be found in
the price range you indicate. My local dealer said "design defect we
discovered here, Ryobi is recalling them to reissue with new fence".
When the new ones arrived, I bought one, but discovered the new fence
was still no good, so got my money back. Dealer quit carrying them
until Ryobi supposedly came out with third version of fence: I haven't
tried that. I mention this because the Ryobi's adjustable fence and
rubber covered face are both features I wish I had, but they are no
good when the cut is unpredictable. The fence has very small raised
sections on which you have to guide: The first version and the second
had them not quite raised the correct amount, and even if they had
been correct they are so short I doubt you could repeatably hold the
tool against the work at the correct angle.