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Blog entry by RonPeters posted 07-08-2010 04:48 AM 7383 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, my first blog/post

I have a Craftsman 10” contractor’s table saw circa 1970s that needs a better fence. The stock fence just isn’t true.

I’ve been looking at all kinds of them out there. Prices range from $150 to $400+.

Anyone have a recommendation?

I don’t do a lot of cutting, but if I had a better fence I might. I’m going to build an armoire for the living room and accuracy would be necessary.

What about the saw itself?

I installed turned pulleys and a segmented belt which smoothed it out. I figure a fence would make a good saw out of it without spending a bunch of money.

I don’t want to spend a boatload – i.e., throw good money after bad. So far, I have about $80 into it, including the saw!

Thanks for the input.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I



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patron

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 05:05 AM

try this , look around there scattered .

http://www.grizzly.com/products/searchresults.aspx?q=table+saw+fence&start=25&num=25

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ajosephg

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 05:32 AM

I adapted a Delta T2 fence to a similar saw and have been very satisfied. Installation was easy – just a few holes drilled in the table, and some hole drifting with a file.

-- Joe

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RonPeters

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 06:32 AM

here’s an instructable for the T2 http://www.instructables.com/id/Retrofitting-A-Delta-T2-Fence-to-a-Craftsman-Table/

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#4 posted 07-08-2010 07:55 AM

Before deciding to get a new saw vs a new fence I did a lot of research. Would really have liked to go with the Beisemeyer but couldn’t justify the $$$. What I considered 2nd best was the Delta 36-T30 30” T2 Fence System, available at ToolsPlus for $149.97 plus only $6.50 shipping. That is nearly $20 less expensive than I found it anywhere else. As Ron mentioned, there are some blogs/instructions available for installing this fence.

Good luck with your decision.

Jim

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Tim Dahn

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#5 posted 07-08-2010 12:15 PM

You might also consider getting a set of contractor pals to assist in aligning the blade with the miter slots. here is a review by fellow LJ Jack Barnhill.

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1472

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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JimDaddyO

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#6 posted 07-08-2010 02:44 PM

not that hard to build one. I did it, so anyone can. See and follow my blog if interested, it cost less than $100 CDN to build. Works well! Start here:
http://lumberjocks.com/JimDaddyO/blog/12721

Jim

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RonPeters

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#7 posted 07-08-2010 06:41 PM

Bit the bullet and just ordered the Delta 36-T30 30” T2 Fence.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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chewbuddy13

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#8 posted 07-08-2010 08:06 PM

I have the T2 on my Delta contractor saw, it’s great.

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PflugervilleSteve

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#9 posted 07-08-2010 09:03 PM

Gotta go with the above comments on the Delta T2. I can be a tool snob, and was reluctant to get “less” than a Biesemeyer fence, but i got a good deal on the Delta Hybrid saw with T2. My fence works great, it’s accurate, repeatable, and reliable.

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RonPeters

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#10 posted 07-21-2010 04:48 AM

Follow up on the T2 fence. I installed it yesterday and used it today.

All I can say is WOW! Why didn’t I do this years ago!? Unbelievable how straight and true it is. It made short work out of my next project.

Thanks to everyone who gave their recommendations.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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