Have you ever had a table saw that made you shiver whenever you turned it on? The kind with a fence that clamped on each end and needed to be squared every time you adjusted it? Maybe to square the blade, you had to move the whole arbor assembly instead of the top? To top it off, the arbor had about 1/64 of wobble to it? I don’t know what it’s called in your world but in mine it’s called Craftsman. To be fair, this particular one is from the 60s….I think. It was free, at least there’s that. Either way, it’s lucky for me that the motor wasn’t strong enough and the belt slipped when things got dicey. Did I say that in past tense? I meant now.
One day the fence finally broke and there’s no way I’m going hunting for replacement parts. Time for an upgrade, baby! I headed down to my local dealer, of tools not drugs, to order me up a Sawstop! Maybe tools are drugs, hmm. I digress. Well, that didn’t happen. Instead I had this conversation:
Steve: Hey Eric, your table saw is is a piece of crap right?
Me: Sure is.
Steve: Well, I got this miss-ordered 52” Sawstop extension table for their contractors saw. It’s 30” deep.
Me: I bet that would fit. You know my fence just broke. I’ll take it.
So instead of walking out with a full Sawstop, I came out with a fence and extension table for dealer cost. I can make it work. And make it work I did. After some clever clamping to hold it and tapping some new holes to fasten the thing in place I have a reasonable table saw. Not great but reasonable and certainly better than it was. The wobble is still there but I don’t have to worry about a square fence anymore and now I have support for larger pieces. Adding on a different manufacturers accessories had never really occurred to me as a fix but it worked out pretty well. A good fence can make or break just about any saw. In my case it was made. Now I can put that money toward other things and worry about that new saw later.