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Forum topic by patcollins posted 02-18-2017 12:24 AM 347 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2017 12:24 AM

Yes posting this in the coffee lounge, want it to be more of a light hearted discussion.

Currently have an old Craftsman 113, i would like a better fence, the delta T3 is about $215. Always worry that I would drill slightly off and this nice fence wouldn’t be so nice.

I would also like a saw that doesn’t have the motor hanging out the back so that I can save a bit of space in my garage.

Now I can get that Delta hybrid at Lowes for $600, I could also try making a pretty neat wooden fence system for quite a bit less than $215.

Decisions Decisions.


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#1 posted 02-18-2017 12:38 AM

Don’t buy a new saw.

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 01:34 PM

OK, but just because you asked….
I think the fence on a table saw is the most important feature, and I’ve seen lots of people on this forum speak highly of the T3. So, you could buy the fence and install on your 113. If your still itching for a new saw, you could look for a used cabinet saw. Because lots of the older cabinet saws have crappy fences, they’re pretty cheap. But you won’t care because you have the T3.

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#3 posted 02-19-2017 04:51 AM

What would make your woodworking experience enjoyable? If you can already do everything you want to do on your C-man 113 then keep using it, put a new fence on it and make stuff.

I will say that I did purchase an after-market fence for the craftsman saw, I think I paid 150+tax for a Shop Fox W1411 w/rails from Grizzly (clearance/close-out deal). They still sell the fence, but w/o the rails. At the time, that was stretching my budget. I now don’t worry about fence alignment when locking it in place, using the saw is more enjoyable.

As for the motor hanging out the back, replace the two bolts that secure the motor to the housing with bolts that you can tighten with your thumbs and take the motor off when not in use, I do this and it adds ~1 minute to the setup and breakdown of the saw. I have a small area at the back of my car port and if I don’t take the motor and fence off, I can’t fit it into the storage area.

If you still don’t like the motor hanging off the back, put the original fence back on and sell it, look for another saw.

If looking for new, take a look at Grizzly, they have excellent customer service and their equipment is generally well reviewed and considered good bang for your buck or keep an eye on craigslist for old iron. In my area I’ve seen old iron go anywhere from a couple hundred and up depending on the condition and the seller’s motivation to offload the equipment. Sometimes all they need is a little TLC and they can be great work-horses.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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