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09-14-2015 12:52 PM

Hello all I’m new to the lumber jocks .Been having a great time reading and learning. I have 113.xxx craftsman TS .It was my grandfathers. It’s been a good TS so far but the fence is not that good and with a little fussing I can get it to line up .Now it’s starting to break the fence is now almost useless .So now looking to get a new fence . I have looked at the Vega pro 40 and the Delta T3 both look good. But then I saw this post from thefridge Ask for a new tube and head. I put a sawstop tfa-pfa for $144 on my craftsman. It s pretty good too. – TheFridge

I’m going to keep the craftsman TS and hand down to my son when he is ready .I do plan on buying a new TS in a year or 2 .So $144 fence seems better to than buying a $200 or $300 fence since I plan on getting a new TS.

Has anyone used the sawstop fence on the craftsman TS and if you have how did the install process go. I would like to hear from thefridge on this and how he likes it .


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#1 posted 09-14-2015 02:26 PM

Hey man, I loved it. It’s a well designed fence. The one thing I didn’t like was the aluminum fence tube. It had a bit of flex to it when working with full sheets of ply. It can work just fine but you just have to be careful of putting too much pressure on the fence. For smaller projects it’s awesome and definitely worth the money.

That being said. I’d spend an extra 50-75$ For a fence with a steel tube so I didn’t have to worry as much.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 09-14-2015 04:54 PM

How was the install process. The are a videos for the Vega and T3 .So I would like to know a little more on the install . I normally break sheet goods with my track saw so most of my cuts are on the smaller side.

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 11:55 PM

It wasn’t too bad for me. Had to drill new holes but i expected that. Also had to notch the angle in the front and back rails for the miter slots.

Make sure that your left and right extension wings and main table are even on the front side. If not, now is the time to remedy that. I also had to put metal shims behind the angle because my extension wings weren’t milled correctly along the front. If I didn’t, the angle would’ve curved when I tightened the bolts in the extension wings. Wasn’t much, .020 but it would’ve thrown things off.

I precut some L-blocks to give the proper space from the angle iron to the top of the saw. Then I used some kinda vise grip like clamp to hold it while I drilled it. After I drilled the first hole (I started in the middle of the rail or close to) I just snugged the first bolt up a bit then clamped, drilled, and bolted the rest of the holes that i needed to.

If you have extensions wings that sag then the angle will straighten that out like it did on mine as you work from hole to hole. Just make sure you get the all the bolts in the main table in first and double check by setting the fence on and making sure you can get a consistent gap in between the table and fence at front and back (it talks about this in the manual).

You follow the same process as the front angle for the rear.

The manual that comes with it goes into pretty good detail. It has rollers on the back side of the fence so it glides across the table. One of the features it really liked.

All in all. If any fence is not a direct bolt up, the installation is pretty much gonna be the same as the other fences.

Edit: aside from the aluminum fence tube, it’s still a great fence for a great price. I found it to very very smooth, accurate and repeatable.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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