A while back, I got my hands on a FastCap “Best Fence PRO” miter saw stand and was asked to review it. Instead of doing the usual review after using it only a few times, I put it to the test for almost two years.
I wanted to know if the stand really worked for me…or not.
Pros for the Best Fence PRO
Right out of the box, I noticed that it was really easy to put together. My helper and I assembled the stand in less than a half hour. The instructions that come with the Best Fence are really good and make the assembly simple.
|During the assembly, we noticed that—unlike other miter saw stands—this stand is extremely adjustable. You can customize the stand to accommodate any miter saw built within the last 10 years or so.|
Starting at the ground, the legs are substantial, stable, and adjustable for height. No matter how irregular the ground might be, you can extend the legs individually, and tool free. Just depress the ball catches and slide the tubing in or out.
The legs also have locking stops that keep them either in the upright position for when the saw is in portable mode, or in the extended position when the saw is set up and in use. When you rotate the legs, there’s no fussing with a nut to tighten or clumsy strapping needed to secure the legs—just simple positive locking bullet catches for the two positions.
The extension wings can be adjusted vertically to create a flat plane with the saw base. You can dial that adjustment in precisely with just a slight turn of the knob—a serious and much needed feature for any miter saw stand.
|Another knob, this one on the front of the stand, adjusts the extension wing horizontally—from front to back, so you can also dial in the alignment of the extension wings to the fences on the saw!|
I was extremely pleased with these two adjustments—they made it very easy to set up the stand for my Kapex, and to change out that saw to my larger Makita, for when I’m cutting bigger stock. I don’t like to work with the extension wing fence flush with the saw fence—any board with a crown over 1/4 in. can jam the blade.
|But with the horizontal adjustment, you can dial in the fences for any backset you want, which is particularly handy on the Kapex. I set the extension wing so that my saw fences can slide right out whenever I need to make a bevel cut.|
The wings are easy to attach, too. They’re secured to the mounts with metal pins that fit tightly through the wings and into the mounts.
All of the pins and locking nuts are attached to the saw body so I never need to go look for pins or nuts when I set the saw up.
I’ve used this stand for all of the trim carpentry I’ve performed for the last two years, and I’ve even dropped a beam or two on it as well—the Best Fence is no loosey-goosey, it can take real jobsite abuse.
After two years, I’ve gotten to know the stand pretty well. No matter which saw I’m using, there’s always one attached to the stand, locked in place, because the portability of the Best Fence is impressive, too: the tires and the wing extensions double as handles, so I can “wheel barrel” the stand around any jobsite.
I pull a tool trailer around to all of my jobs and the stand rides in the trailer always loaded with saw. The whole rig might be heavy, but I lift only half of it at a time and then wheel the stand in or out of my trailer.
The tires are locked by a pin that slips into the hub of the tire mount on each end of the stand so the stand doesn’t roll around while I’m pulling the trailer.
And getting in and out of someone’s home with the stand is a piece of cake. The tires are big enough so that one person can pull the stand—with the saw attached to it—up exterior steps and through a customer’s front door. Once inside a home, one person can open the legs, extend the wing supports, and mount the wings in under a minute.
Each wing is built the same, but each is distinguished by its integrated tape measure which is an essential feature on any miter saw stand—I use those tape measures repeatedly every day.
|On the right side of the saw, I zero out the material and mark measurements without having to pull out my tape measure.|
|On the left side of the saw, I do the same, but set the material at the measurement and mark the zero point.|
|A magnifying lens sure makes it easy to set the fence exactly where I want it. Mine is almost always dead-on accurate. But occasional fine tuning is easy to do.|
The built in through-bolt and double nut allows you to extend or retract the flip stop incrementally, in either direction.
Like I said, with nearly two years of hard miles on this stand, I know its positives and I’m familiar with its limitations, too.
Limitations of the Best Fence PRO
First of all, this stand isn’t meant to support big beams—it’s great for cutting KD 2x4s, but for anything bigger, I always use roller stands, too. Once the wing supports are extended horizontally, they tend to sag under the weight of heavy lumber. But FastCap does have some handy “Third-Hand” support poles that work great for supporting heavier loads.
Also, when you set the saw up on the job, be sure you give yourself plenty of room to get around the front of the saw because the tires take a little getting used to—they can reach out and grab your belt or tool vest as you walk by.
|While the tires are easy to remove, the axles they ride on aren’t! I think that’s my biggest gripe. I wish there were some way to ‘drop’ the wheels and axles out of the way, but I’ve learned to work around them, so it’s not a huge gripe.|
The wings that came with my stand are only 64 in. long, which works fine for most of our work, but I wish I had a 90-in. wing. Luckily, if you’re like me and want longer wings—or just one, FastCap will sell you additional 64-in. wings that you can connect to your existing wing set up. FastCap will even supply you with custom-length wings—just about any length you want. For anyone doing serious finish work, I would recommend purchasing three 64-in. wings. That way you can precut standard door casing using the flip stop. I’ve been rigging up a homemade wood extension as a stop whenever I cut casing legs, especially for 8-ft. doors.
I make most of my cut lists on paper, and I like to stand at my saw and look right at the cut list without having to look for it.
So, I’ve been sliding the flip stop down near the saw, close to where I’m standing, and using an alligator clip to secure my cut list to stop where I can see it.
Honestly, I’m pretty impressed with the folks who manufacture this stand—they seem motivated to constantly improve the features and accessories, which is probably why my gripes are so minor.
So in conclusion, is this stand perfect? I’ve never worked at one that is. However, after two years of use, I can tell you that it’s durable and operates just as well as the first day that I used it. It’s a vast improvement over any stand I’ve used in the past—especially a sawhorse and long planks! The Best Fence is a really nice jobsite stand that can help produce shop-like productivity and precision. I plan to continue using my Best Fence and will be ordering an extra 64-in. extension wing in the near future.
Sure, if you’re a guy who likes to build and use his own stand, then that’s great. Me, too! But time is short. For any trim carpenter who is currently using a roller stand (or saw horses), and looking to upgrade, you’ll be hard pressed to match the portability and adjustability of this stand.
To learn more about the stand, including pricing, visit the FastCap website.