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Forum topic by rivacuts posted 02-27-2017 01:13 AM 886 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rivacuts

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02-27-2017 01:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman old obsolete fence tablesaw question

I recently bought a used Craftsman 10” table saw. The model# is 113.298051. It has no rip fence. The fence made specifically for that model is no longer made or in stock. I called Sears and the rep has no idea if any other Craftsman table saw fence is compatible. I went to their site and put in the model# in the space next to a fence they suggested. Either it is truly not compatible or their algorithm is not designed to find alternatives. Does anyone here know if there is a compatible fence?


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HerbC

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#1 posted 02-27-2017 01:50 AM

You can purchase a Delta T3 fence system from Home Depot for a little over $200. You may need to drill/tap some holes in the table to mount the rail but it will work and I’ve heard it’s a good system. Here’s a link to Home Depot’s page for this item: LINK

Or you could do like I do and just use a straight 2 X 4 and a couple of clamps. You have to check and recheck it but it does work…

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

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#2 posted 02-27-2017 05:05 PM

Craftsman table saws are not generally known for their OEM fences. In many cases you are probably better off getting a 3rd party fence. I got a Vega Pro for mine. It’s so much better than the fence that was there before.

That said, if you really want an original Craftsman fence, check out ebay.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#3 posted 02-27-2017 09:26 PM

Dont waste your money on the oem fence, they are garbage. Definitely go aftermarket. The 2×4 and clamps probably better than the stock fence on those things. I had a Delta T2 on mine before I sold the saw, light-years beyond the original fence.
Just my opinion…

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#4 posted 02-27-2017 11:07 PM

I hav the same saw An really lov it. Of corse it’s the best I’ve had so far. That being said I’m no fan of the factory fence. If you really hav to have one I’m sure eBay has one but b the time u spend the money on the factory one you’d likely be not to far off from the aftermarket ones. Mayb someone that has a Delta on their 113 can post some pics. They r really nice

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Woodmaster1

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#5 posted 02-28-2017 02:07 AM

I put a vega pro on my craftsman table saw and it worked great. The guy I gave the saw to still uses it today. So it has been on the saw several years.

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rivacuts

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#6 posted 03-01-2017 01:30 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions. Glad I didn’t buy any of the used Craftsman fences off Ebay. One would have cost me twice as much as I paid for the saw with shipping added! I trust your opinion that they are junk. Which is probably why there are so many of these saw out there WITHOUT the OEM fences. I’ll look for a Delta or something similar.
Sears Parts Direct needs to hire knowable folks such as you all.
Thanks again!

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canadianchips

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#7 posted 03-01-2017 02:20 AM

Dont be to discouraged about getting a craftsman fence.
I have used these saws since 1975.
The original fence I added a piece of maple to each side of fence.
The second fence I also added a longer screw tightener.
The third fence is an original. I use it for ripping.
The problem people seem to have is it takes a few “Moments” Longer to set the fence.
I have learned to measure front of blade for width of cut.
Then I measure back of table to make sure fence is alingned.
ALL these fence stay in place when locked !
The fancier Beismeyers , incra’s, are quite nice…...I dont see the point in spending a LOT of money on something that DOES work, just takes longer to setup !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 03-01-2017 02:52 AM

Someone here built this one and seems to like it.
http://www.ibuildit.ca/Sales/sales-15.html

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#9 posted 03-01-2017 03:20 AM

Until you decide what fence to “sit on” maybe one of these?

IF you still have the fence rails on the saw, a couple c clamps will hold this to the rail. Cleat goes against the edge of the table..

And this becomes the rip fence. Among other chores it can do. Circular saw guide, router guide. How square it is depends on YOU, as you will be making it. Just three pieces of wood, and a few screws. You can decide how tall to make the fence.

As for the OEM fence..

Used mine from the late 1980s, up to a few years ago, when I moved into the Dungeon Shop. No room for it here, so it was sold last year.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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MT_Stringer

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#10 posted 03-01-2017 03:24 AM

I was using my dad’s old 1977 Craftsman and the fence was driving me crazy. I replaced it and it seemed like I had a new saw. Big difference.

Yeah, the fence was a little overkill, but the Vega Pro 40 was on sale and cheaper than the Pro26.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 03-02-2017 12:23 AM

This one looks a lot like mine!

I bought mine in 1974!

Didn’t mean to hijack this forum.

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