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#1 posted 01-12-2013 02:52 AM

I believe (but I haven’t been able to confirm this) that the Align-a-Rip fence was actually made by Ridgid for Sears. I upgraded to the Ridgid AC1036 on my Craftsman saw and it looks absolutely identical to the fence on the saw you referenced.

Very fine fence. I bought mine used 4 or 5 years ago, spent some time installing and tuning it to the saw and it has been stable ever since. See it here. I like this fence design better than the Beisemeyer or other T-square fence designs because it solidly locks the fence at both the front and back of the saw.

These old Sears are pretty darned good. They were made by Emerson. Before they went to granite tops, the best rated contractor’s saw being sold was the Ridgid 3650, 3660. They were made by (drum roll please…) Emerson. On the web you can find pictures of the bottom of the saw table and trunnions for both the old-style Craftsman saws and the newer, highly rated Ridgid 3650 or 3660 saws. Compare – THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE! The biggest difference between old Craftsman saws and the Ridgid 3650, 3660 saws is the fence. Ridgid just spent the time to design a better fence.

With a little TLC, that saw with that fence will serve you well.

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