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Forum topic by vwmike99 posted 03-19-2008 05:13 AM 6402 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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vwmike99

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03-19-2008 05:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question trick tip

I have a Craftsman 10” contractor saw that really sucks. Doesn’t have enough work surface, or an efficient rip fence. The blade tilts to approx. 42 degrees, so cutting a 45 is nonexistent. Can anyone share how to jazz up this saw so I don’t throw it out into the street, or should I just bite the bullet and save for a Delta Hybrid?

-- If I knew what I was doing, someone would be paying me to do it!


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#1 posted 03-19-2008 05:28 AM

Hey vwmike99..

I have a 10” Craftsman Contractors saw.. I bought a new fence for it, I was able to get a 30” Delta fence from a local dealer for about $200 Canadian.. (Probably cheaper in the US) much better.. pretty much the same fence that comes with the delta hybrid. took a bit to get installed, but worth the investment. Also, You should be able to adjust the 45 degree (or 42 in your case) by adjusting one of the stops on the inside. You can order a replacement manual from Sears for your saw too.. most of the parts should be available for it too..

-- But honey.. this new power tool will pay for itself when we re-do the kitchen!

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#2 posted 03-19-2008 05:38 AM

Thanks Phred – I’ve been thinking about building a new fence system and work bench around the saw, but I think if I do it the way I’d like to, I’d invest half a new Hybrid saw (lol). I just found out on another site that there is an adjustment for the 45 stop. I’ll have to flip the saw over when I get a moment or two. Fact remains, I really want a Delta Hybrid Saw. :))

-- If I knew what I was doing, someone would be paying me to do it!

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#3 posted 03-19-2008 05:46 AM

I was thinking of the hybrid saw too.. but I think I’m going to hold out for a 3HP sawstop. My boss bought one, and I think it’s worth the wait.

Just a tip.. if you decide to give yours a tuneup, don’t be afraid to create a wood base for it, I did for mine, really helped to firm the whole thing up, and almost kill all the vibration. I built mine similar to this one:

http://www.binkyswoodworking.com/TblSawCab.html

-- But honey.. this new power tool will pay for itself when we re-do the kitchen!

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#4 posted 03-19-2008 06:22 AM

Thanks for that link Phred! That’s something that I might SERIOUSLY consider doing. Should hold me over until a Hybrid Saw is parked in my garage!

-- If I knew what I was doing, someone would be paying me to do it!

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#5 posted 03-19-2008 11:49 AM

VWMIKE,

There are several posts on installing the Delta T2 fence posted here. Just use the search routine to find them. That should help with the fence problem. I feel your pain. The fence on mine is awful. You should be able to access the 45 stop from the top of your saw with an allen wrench. But before adjusting it make sure that sawdust or other debris isn’t interfering with your bevel operation.

But then again you may just want forget about all this and go ahead with the new table saw.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-19-2008 05:35 PM

As far as work surface goes I added an outfeed table and extended the table. The cheapo Craftsman fence system on mine is just 1” angle iron so I replace with longer pieces and added a melamine surface between. It’s still a craftsman, and the fence still sucks, but with the right jigs, sleds, techniques, it’s WAAAAY better than it was :) Oh and the extra legs for the outfeed and extension stabilized the saws crappy sheet metal legs.

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-- Tom, Central New York

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