Absolutely No Deflection!
It was finally time to replace that old Jet bandsaw fence, so I selected the Kreg Precision Band Saw fence. Installation was pretty easy, and the Kreg bolted right up to my older Jet 14" saw (the blue-green colored one). There was no drilling required, and it worked with the pre-drilled holes in the new fence.
Installation and setup only needs to be done once, so I wasn't too worried about that. But I was curious to see how the fence performed. First, the locking knob is a nice feature. It locks the fence securely, and doesn't budge. Once locked, I was amazed that there was no lateral deflection of the fence. This is confidence-inspiring for resawing and intricate notching. Also, I noticed that the locking knob has a pivoting tip that prevents any damage to the black fence rail.
The fence slides well, especially with a little downward pressure over the proximal fence. I wiped a little paste wax on the half-dovetail in the black rail, and it really slides great now.
I am a big fan of Kreg swing-stops and use them all the time on my crosscut sled, however this stop seemed a little too bulky for use on the bandsaw. I will try the production stop, and if that doesn't work, I'll make my own wooden stop block. It's an easy thing to do, because the track accepts common T-bolts.
I'm not sure if I like this fence so much due to the fact that it's so good, or due to the old Jet fence being so bad. Turns out it was a little of both. The old Jet fence rails stuck out too far, and I was constantly bumping into them. The Jet fence was difficult and finicky to lock, and next to impossible to remove. The Kreg fence locks down with a single knob, and removes in seconds. The rails are flush with the saw, so nothing sticks out too far.
Overall a good design that's a winner. This one will be in my shop for a long time.