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mustang958

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10-13-2009 05:32 PM

Hello. I am looking for a new fence system for my table saw. I’ve searched the forum and came up with a couple of ideas but not really sure which way to go. The saw in question is a old Craftsman, I guess what you would call a contractor’s saw, model #113.298762. The saw works fine but of course it’s the fence that’s a pain. I had thought about purchasing a new saw but I felt spending money a new fence was better than spending $600 or more on a new saw. And I’m not so sure I want to go the used route on a saw so the fence is what I’m looking to upgrade. I’ve done some research and have been going back and forth between 3 models. The Accusquare M-1040, the Shop Fox Classic and the Peachtree EZ Square. I’m not really looking for an answer as to which one to buy but more of if anyone has had experience with any of these and what they thought. I’m not concerned about drilling holes or the process of installing them but some of the pros and cons or each if possible. Some of the things I noticed is the Accusquare doesn’t have a rear rail and does that really matter? The EZ Square looks nice but the 50” model is a little more expensive than the 25” model and I’d like to keep things below the $250 range if possible. I’d appreciate any information you can give me. I’m not looking for superior accuracy but I would like better accuracy than I have now and some ease of use. After reading about problems others have had with their Craftsman fences I finally see it’s not just me that was having a problem getting the fence to line up accurately. Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing what you have to say.


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#1 posted 10-13-2009 09:08 PM

Hope my answer doesn’t throw you for a loop!

When I had my old (i.e.40+yrs) Craftsman table saw, installed a Vega fence on it-
www. vegawoodworking.com

Will fit any saw, isn’t very expensive and works very well. I also used their anti-kickback wheels with the fence-very well designed.
I used it for years and loved it. When it came time to sell the Craftsman saw, the first guy who came to look at it tried the Vega fence and paid me what I was asking on the spot!

-- Gerry

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mustang958

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 09:30 PM

Thanks for the reply. No I wouldn’t say you’re throwing me for a loop. I’m open for any suggestions and will steer me towards an educated decision. Now that you mention the Vega, I do recall being on their website. Are you referring to the Homeshop or Professional fences? If it’s the Homeshop I can see where the U26 would be worth the few extra dollars over the Shop Fox or EZ Square especially if there’s no holes that have to be drilled. That is a model definitely worth thinking about since I wouldn’t have to worry about a hole that wasn’t drilled correctly. And if I’m not mistaken, I believe all of the fences I was researching require drilling. Even though the EZ Square instructions have an “if the holes don’t line up” sentence I’d bet that the holes don’t line up. Appreciate the alternative. I will take a close look at the Vega.

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 10:33 PM

I’ll second the Vega – I have one on my Powermatic 65. Installed in about 10 minutes and stays dead accurate.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 01:17 AM

Love my Vega U26. Rock solid and exact repeatability every time. (Absolutely nothing like the original fence) Installed quickly on my Craftsman TS requiring only one hole to drill. Check Amazon as they occasionally have these at reduced price and free shipping.

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Lynden

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 05:57 AM

How about a Delta T2 fence and rail system. I just checked Amazon and the price is around $180. There are 22 reviews on Amazon, many of which deal with putting T2 fences on old Craftsman table saws. I don’t personally have a T2, but many who do seem to like them. Check out this thread.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/10756

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 10:19 AM

A friend mounted the Mule Accusquare on his Craftsman saw. It was a big upgrade from the stock fence, but did have a couple of quirks. It’s aluminum and suffers more deflection than steel t-square designs. It also needs to slide all the way to an end to be removed. He ended up with a Biesemeyer on a Craftsman 22124 that he likes much better.

Shop Fox makes at least 3 aftermarket fences…the original “Heavy Duty”, the SF Classic, and the SF Aluma Classic. The Classic and Aluma Classic are steel t-square Biesemeyer knockoffs…the Classic is a copy of the Biese Commercial, and the Aluma Classic is a copy of the Biese Home Shop fence….both great fences. I think the Aluma Classic is a good match to your saw.

The Delta T2 is also a steel t-square type that’s similar to a Biese Home Shop fence. Great value at < $180 shipped from Amazon.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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mustang958

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#7 posted 10-14-2009 02:53 PM

Well thank you all for the replies, I appreciate the feedback. With regards to the Accusqaure I finally received some feedback from their Customer Service department. Their answer was that the rails needed to be drilled to match up to the Craftsman rails. Regarding the Delta T2, I did research that fence and came across this set of instructions for retrofitting the T2 to a Craftsman table saw.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Retrofitting_A_Delta_T2_Fence_to_a_Craftsman_Table/

This seemed to be somewhat more involved than I wanted to get into. If I can spend a few dollars more and not have to drill as many holes or none at all that would be worth it to me.
As far as the Shop Fox and the Vega, I know the Shop Fox has a rear rail. How about the Vega? There’s not much info on their website. I have to call them anyway to find out where I can purchase the fence. I’ve checked Amazon and the U26 isn’t available at the moment but I think the U50 is plus the Pro models.

Again thanks for the assistance, your feedback will really help with my decision.

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Bitmugger

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#8 posted 10-14-2009 05:39 PM

I have the Mule Accusquare (have it but have not yet installed it). I found the customer support via email good and they have a great price on right now for the 50” model ($189 incl shipping). My only comments on quality is that while aluminum may flex more that steel, this is by no means a flimsy fence and is very heavy and solid.

The sale is ending soon according to the site by the way.

Be sure to tell them your specific model of saw as mine (Rockwell Beaver) requires an adapter which was included free.

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gerrym526

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#9 posted 10-14-2009 05:42 PM

Check the Vega website. The model I had did have a rear rail.
As far as the model, you’ll be happy with the quality of either the Utility or Pro models-depends on your budget what you buy.
Regarding the size-26 vs. 50, you need to determine if you’ll be cutting sheet goods for cabinet carcase work. If so, the larger fence makes life very easy.

-- Gerry

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#10 posted 10-14-2009 05:52 PM

I have been real happy with the Shop Fox Classic (http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/840) ... it is worth a look.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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LesB

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#11 posted 10-14-2009 06:32 PM

I went through this search a couple of years ago and selected the Vega fence for both price and function. I am very pleased with it’s performance.
Here is a web site where Tool Crib made comparisons of several fences. http://www.toolcrib.com/blog/2008/08/26/table-saw-fence-buying-guide-biesemeyer-vs-unifence-vs-vega-vs-incra/

-- Les B, Oregon

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mustang958

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#12 posted 10-22-2009 05:26 PM

I wanted to thank everyone again for your input. Your opinions, experiences and links were very helpful in making my decision. Just to let you all know I finally went with the Vega. Was really looking at the U26 first but I could not find it anywhere and it was not available on Amazon. I put in the request to be alerted when it was available again. It was back in stock on Thursday at Amazon but when I went out to take a look the Vega Pro 40 must have been on sale because it was significantly less than the U26. I ended up buying the Pro40 which ended up costing $260 with free shipping. It’s being delivered today so I’ll be installing and trying it out this weekend. Thank you all again for your helpful advice.

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#13 posted 10-22-2009 05:57 PM

hi i dont know if this helps but on ebay , jet micro glide 52” fence &rails for table saw . the user name is eqss1. curent bid is $9.99 and shipping around $50.00. 2 days till end .

-- gagewestern

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#14 posted 10-22-2009 07:42 PM

mustang ....

At the risk of asking stupid questions … really late in the game … are you sure that your Craftsman has industry-standard 3/4” miter gauge slots?

ISTR that Craftsman was one of those mfgrs that used odd-sized bits more than occasionally.

Just sayin…..

-- -- Neil

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mustang958

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#15 posted 10-22-2009 08:05 PM

At the risk of really sounding like I don’t know what I’m talking about what does the size of the miter gauge slot have to do with installation of an aftermarket fence?

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