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hwp

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04-20-2018 12:43 PM

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I’ve just obtained a Craftsman 10” table saw (model 315.228390) with the Align-A-Rip 24/24 front and back rails but not the fence. Are the fences still produced? I’ve only found 1 on Ebay and it was the whole system. The cost was around $100 plus $60 for shipping. Does anyone know of the availability of just the fence?


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#1 posted 04-20-2018 12:55 PM

I doubt you’ll be able to just find the fence, the same saw was sold under the Ridgid badge and they are obsolete parts, and you’re only real option is to look to the used market. $160 for a full replacement is decent price but the fence itself was never that great and generally replaced with a Delta or Vega fence for about $100 more. If you’re in the DC area, I’ve got this Unifence on CL and I’d sell it to a fellow LJ for $150. It is HEAVY so shipping I doubt would be viable.

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#2 posted 04-20-2018 02:52 PM

ChefHDAN Thanks for the reply. I’m in Fla so can’t take you up on your generous offer. You think my time would be better spent pursuing a Delta or Vega fence? Are they just a “plug and play” type arrangement or would adapters of some sort be needed? (what I don’t know about table saw fences..lol) I just hobby shop wood working so I don’t need much more than a functional (mostly accurate) fence that will fit what I have. Any suggestions beyond what you’ve already provided?

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#3 posted 04-20-2018 04:37 PM

All fences require a fair bit of fussy fiddling in the beginning to get the saw square and true. If you’re new to the table saw I highly recommend Kelly Mehler's Table Saw book and the Woodpecker saw gauge. Your saw & mine were produced in the same factory and the Rigid TS3612 was my first saw. The book was a vital resource for tuning and using the saw, it’s a great book. I didn’t have the saw gauge in the beginning and used the other methods, once I got the Woodpecker tool I wished I had bought it sooner. The link to amazon is just for reference you can find them cheaper, I paid near $60 with shipping when a 3rd party had them on sale. As for the choice of fence, there there are MANY people here running these two fences and they are much better able to advise you which is better for the $$$ I’d suggest you use the search function on the site for vega fence and delta T2 to find the existing info and if you need more after that open a new thread.

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#4 posted 04-20-2018 06:04 PM

I have that fence on my Craftsman contractor saw and you cannot rely on it being square when you lock it down. I have to grab my largest square to make sure the far end is right and then hold it in place when I lock down the fence. Once locked, it is fine. If you are going to spend money on this saw, I’d buy a better fence. Looks like Delta has a reasonable looking one at Lowe’s for $209. They cleared out some previous delta model,Ii keep wanting to call it a T1000, years ago. There might be some of those kicking around in somebodies shop that never got used…

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#5 posted 04-22-2018 01:49 AM

I bought that fence years ago for my C-Man 113. I have to agree with Holt, about using big square to align it. Sold the saw to a friend, was up front with the issue. I would get one of the Biesmeyer clones, or make your own. Jon Heinz on You-tube has a nice wooden one, there are homemade metal ones, Super Cool Tools has one you provide your own rails and AL fence $329 or for a bit more the Incra Fence is $399. I did find this C-Man one on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Craftsman-31660-00-Original-Equipment-Manufacturer/dp/B07BJ1Y65M/ref=pd_sbs_60_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07BJ1Y65M&pd_rd_r=MXV65S38RMW64FW1BWBD&pd_rd_w=j3fUf&pd_rd_wg=o0QBX&psc=1&refRID=MXV65S38RMW64FW1BWBD Dan

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#6 posted 04-22-2018 03:12 AM

Thanks RDan I like the looks of the fence on Amazon you referenced and I leaning towards getting it. Will this fence fit on to my rails without need for any modifications? I’ve never looked closely at how fences attach but there seems to be lots of different shaped rails, hence my question. Thanks again.

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#7 posted 05-22-2018 08:22 PM

hwp. do you still have your rails?

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