So about a year ago, I bought a 113.298762 Craftsman TS off craiglist. Its a later version of the 113 series, and besides a bit of surface rust, it was in pretty good hape when I bought it. Definitely worth the $75 I paid. The saw has sat mostly idle in my garage until last week when I cleaned it up and made all the necessary tweaks and adjustments. Aligning the blade to the miter slot was a major PITA. I considered ordering the PALS system, but figured I could get the job done the hard way in the 3-4 days it would take for the product to arrive. After about 45 minutes, I got it down to .002. Good ‘nuff.
Then I lubed all the moving parts, aligned the pulleys, installed a new belt, and adjusted the miter stop.
Next, I started tweaking the stock fence. It didn’t take long for me to realize the futility of trying to make this fence work. Like trying to polish a turd. I knew going in that the fence design was marginal at best and was prepared to put some work into a modification. I was really trying to avoid a costly replacement, but this fence is beyond help.
After a bit of research, it seems the Delta T2 was the best bang4buck. I just placed an order with Tools-Plus. $158 shipped. I suppose if this fence does the trick, I’ll have a great saw that cost $225. Hard to beat that. I’m hopeful.