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Forum topic by RyanMc posted 03-08-2016 07:38 PM 690 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2016 07:38 PM

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I am a Newbie; actually this is my first post. I have been getting into wood working more in between the massive list of house projects. My wife and I bought a real fixer upper, but hey I guess I can make it the way I want it, right. So I haven’t really had any major questions that I can’t answer by just doing some on-line research , I’ve been able to pretty much find all the answers I’ve had questions to.

This one is a little more specific though, I recently bought a Craftsman table saw (113.299410) that comes with a decent fence I think. The thing about it is the guy I bought it from is literally he never used it, it was still in the box, it sat in his garage for 10 + years in the box…crazy people, nice guy though. So I can’t really tell how good the fence is.

The current craftsman saw I have, has a Shop Fox Fence. The shop fox fence has worked really well for me but I thought I would see what you guys thought, I know you have a lot more experience than I do! So the question is which one should I keep and which fence should I sell with the old saw?

I don’t do a lot of forum chatting so I might have the set up with links a little off

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 07:41 PM

So, I guess you’re on the fence over which one to keep :) :) :)

Since you’ve used you Shop Fox, why not try the new one a little and then decide?

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 09:54 PM

The fence on your new saw was an upgrade from the old Emerson steel fences, but the Shop Fox Classic that you have on your old saw is a decent Biesemeyer clone, and is a really nice fence. It’d cost $339 to replace that SF fence new. I think most of us would opt for the Shop Fox if you’re fussy about how well your saw performs.

Either way, get that saw aligned, and put a good blade on it….it should be a pretty capable saw.

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 10:40 PM

A good fence on a cheap saw will cut better than a cheap fence on a high end saw. Save the ShopFox, the Craftsman’s bow and warp and can be impossible to align. My old Craftsman used to always end the cut badly. Got a better fence (Incra) and never looked back.


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#4 posted 03-08-2016 11:46 PM

You should try both. The fence on that Craftsman looks a lot like the fence on a Ridgid 3650 table saw and I liked it a lot when I used it regularly. I now have a Shop Fox fence on a Grizzly hybrid saw and I like both fences about the same.

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#5 posted 03-09-2016 02:13 PM

Thanks for your guys thoughts. I thought the Shop Fox fence was better but since it was really my first really table saw I didn’t know how good I had it. Now I’ll half to get it put together and take some pictures.

But of course I’ll try the new craftsman fence on my old saw before I sell it :)

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