|Project by SwayzeeJon||posted 01-15-2012 07:20 AM||8690 views||4 times favorited||19 comments|
Many thanks to all of the Lumberjocks for all of your wisdom and help! Your advice finally got me motivated to do something about my piece of junk saw. (OK, maybe it is just operator error and the saw if halfway decent, but I am just getting started in woodworking….)
I had an 80’s Craftsman 10-inch Flex Drive Table Saw Model No. 113.241680 that I picked up for $75 and the fence was absolutely horrible. I didn’t event like using the saw. The back of the fance never was where it should have been, and all of my cuts were off in a variety of ways.
After reading all the fellow Lumberjocks, I finally decided to purchase the Delta T2. Everyone said it was for sale at Lowes. I couldn’t find it at Lowe’s. Finally found it at a decent price at tools-plus.com. Got it for $154.47, including shipping and handling.
The thing that took the longest was trying to determine which way to mount the fence to the saw. Do I drill through the rails of the fance, as many have suggested, or do I drill through the saw itself, as several others have suggested? I eventually made a financial decision. Saw=$75. Fence=$155…..I drilled through the saw, figuring that I could eventually reuse the fence on another table saw if I ever upgraded.
I moved the fence rails so that 1-2 holes would fit, and then drilled the rest. No problems. Went on fairly easy. The only issue I had was on the back of the saw. I could of used a hacksaw to cut out the part that sticks out for the guard, or I could just cut the guard off. Again, I made a financial decision. I cut the thing-a-ma-jig out that holds the guard, which means I must be very, very careful from now on….
The other issue is that like others suggested, since I tried to use existing holes in the saw AND fence, I had to move the measuring tape over so that it would again line up on the zero mark. It came up, and went back down, with no problems.
The Delta T2 is AWESOME! I have made many cuts today, and am thrilled to death! If you are a new woodworker – or maybe even advanced – don’t think twice about this upgrade. If I would have done this a long time ago, I would have used my saw a lot more than I have recently! It is smooth, solid, and accurate!
I got the fence for Christmas. I got the Incra Miter 1000SE last year…..I wish I would have reversed the order in which I acquired them. You can also see that I added an extra table out of Oak and MDF, and then I put on some peg board at the bottom of the saw to hold all those things that I always look for when using the saw – pencils, sharpeners, tape, square, inserts, glasses, etc.
THANK you to all who posted previously that helped me get through this process!!!!
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