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Forum topic by nogeel posted 06-02-2016 04:15 AM 2174 views 0 times favorited 55 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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nogeel

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06-02-2016 04:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw craftsman 113 fence

I realize there are several forum topics on this subject, but I am still completely confused on is it really worth spending $200 – $400 dollars on a fence for a 30 year old Craftsman Table saw. The saw works great and I haven’t had trouble cutting through anything. However, as everyone knows the original fence was a nightmare. I bought a 24/12 craftsmen fence for a newer version of the saw, but neither me nor a more experienced woodworker could get it to lock down straight.

I am just looking for some fresh perspective is it worth buying a fence that cost almost as much as a new saw (or 4 times what I paid for this one). I would rather be buying a bandsaw, sharpening set up for my hand tools, than a fence or a new table saw. I keep looking at the Delta T2 (but I don’t own a drill press to make the modifications and not entirely sure I trust myself) and the Vega fences. Let me know your thoughts.

-- Jeff, Tennessee


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#1 posted 06-02-2016 04:36 AM

The align a rip fences are crap. At least the one I used. I’d put a t2 or sawstop tfa pfa on it.

You’ll need a drill, clamps, and bits. Drill press isn’t required.

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

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#2 posted 06-02-2016 05:03 AM

Where can you find the sawstop tfa pfa at? Googling it I can’t find one.

-- Jeff, Tennessee

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#3 posted 06-02-2016 11:41 AM

I was in the same boat 20 years ago, and ended up attaching a fence made by Ridgid to my 1970’s Craftsman saw. Never regretted it. I had also added a machined pulley and link belt set to the saw, and a bladed stabilizer flange which vastly improved it’s performance.

-- Thanks, Marc Sitkin, Harwich, MA

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#4 posted 06-02-2016 11:47 AM

I also put a Ridgid fence on my 113. I’ve been very happy with the decision and the performance.

Look on E-Bay for them.

Also look at my review on the saw that I posted (click on the link below)

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#5 posted 06-02-2016 11:53 AM

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#6 posted 06-02-2016 01:05 PM

In my opinion, yes it’s worth it. It will make using your saw drastically easier and more accurate (assuming that your align your blade to the fence). Even if you decide to upgrade your saw at a later time, you will still have the good fence to put on the upgraded saw.

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#7 posted 06-02-2016 01:07 PM

I found a Shop Fox Classic fence (Biesemeyer clone) on CL and it transformed by 113.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 06-02-2016 01:20 PM

Yes it is worth it. I did it to my 113 and it made a decent saw out of it. You actually could make square cuts with no trouble .

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 06-02-2016 01:22 PM

One closer to $200? Yes. One of the $400 one? No. That plus selling your saw for $100 gets you into used cabinet saw territory price range. I’d rather buy a used saw than to spruce up the craftsman saw.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#10 posted 06-02-2016 01:27 PM



One closer to $200? Yes. One of the $400 one? No. That plus selling your saw for $100 gets you into used cabinet saw territory price range. I d rather buy a used saw than to spruce up the craftsman saw.

- jmartel

At least around here, the used cabinet saws in the $500 range have really crappy fences. So, you are still in the same boat. That’s why I think investing in a fence is money well spent. Though, I will say that $400-$500 gets you into the range of good used contractor saws, that have good fences.

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#11 posted 06-02-2016 01:27 PM

I think the answer is yes, but you can ask it a different way: if you had $300 to spend, what could you get that was better? I think unless you found a really great deal on CL, that you would be hard pressed to find a better saw+fence then a decent 113 and a T2. You have a solid chunk of cast iron, decent power, decent mechanics, and a good fence.
You don’t have a riving knife, but you can use microsplitters. You would be hard pressed to find a better alternative. Most other $300 combinations would be much smaller saws, with a lot more aluminum, less power and crappy fences.

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#12 posted 06-02-2016 01:51 PM

I would hold off for a used cabinet saw even if you have to bump your budget up another couple hundred dollars. I’ve seen Powermatic 66’s for sale on Craigslist for $600-$800 with Biesemeyer fences.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 06-02-2016 02:06 PM

It really depends on where you live on the price of used cabinet saws. Never seen a deal like that around here. OTOH, I got my Classic fence on CL for $50! That’s the only deal I’ve seen like that.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#14 posted 06-02-2016 02:09 PM

I’ve never had an issue with the original fence on my Craftsman 113. I must be doing something wrong.
Can you still buy an upgrade for the fence?

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#15 posted 06-02-2016 02:11 PM

Yep ^ to jim

Toolorbit.com was the only place I saw that had them but they were 180$. Don’t know if shipping was included.

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

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