Its been a somewhat busy week for me and I had to install the fence over a 4-5 day period. All said, I’d estimate the total install time at 4-5 hours. And the results were not 100% perfect. The front of the fence sat a nice, cozy 1/16 off the table, while the rear was about 1/8 (maybe even 3/16)( See 2nd pic below). I suppose I should happy it wasn’t worse seeing as how I drilled the rear portion of the table and the rail with a hand drill. I could have removed the rear rail, enlarge the holes, and reinstalled; but since the face of the fence is adjustable, I decided to just lower the rear portion of the face a bit and call it good. I also had to adjust the squareness of the fence, but only a small fraction of a degree. Once adjusted, I drilled a couple small holes on the far left side of the front rail and installed the craftsman power switch with a couple self-taping screws.
Then I replaced the crappy stock blade insert with a Leecraft. I was going to make my own, but I scored the Leecraft for $11.50. Didn’t seem worthwhile to make my own at that price, and the LC fits very nicely. I positioned the insert in place, then secured it with some cedar wedges I had lying around. (see pic I forgot to take a pic before, so you’ll notice the kerf is already cut).
At the end of the day, I’m really happy with the outcome. I always knew the stock fence sucked, but I didn’t grasp the full extent of its extreme suckiness until I installed the T2. It glides like butter out of the box, and is even smoother with a little pariffin wax on the rails. Locks down tight and square and seems to be of fantastic quality.
However, I must admit. The install was a bit of a PITA. And it wouldn’t have been hard to screw-up the install irreparably with all the drilling that was necessary on the craftsman. Assuming comparable performance; I might elect the mulesquare or Shop Fox fence if I were to do it all over again. My understanding is those bolt-on to the 113 Craftsman saws with no modification. However, they do cost $75-100 more, which is the only reason I chose the Delta.
My next, and possibly last, upgrade will be new pulleys and possibly either a serpentine or link belt. Stay tuned.