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Forum topic by johnnie52 posted 08-09-2011 04:39 AM 836 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2011 04:39 AM

Hello guys. Its good to get back to visit again. Before someone gets mad cause I’m going to ask a question after being away from the board for a long time, please understand that I had a stroke over a year ago and still can not stand for long periods, type without making more mistakes than correctly spelled words, or walk unaided.

However, its time to get back to the shop and try to do something before I go completely insane from watching broadcast daytime TV!

So, here goes. I own an older Craftsman “Flex Drive” table saw. Its been a very reliable saw for what I use it for and has never given me any problems… EXCEPT.. like most Craftsman saws the fence is a piece of junk! So I ordered a Delta T2 system which is scheduled to arrive sometime tomorrow. I’ve read through everything I can find on how to instal the fence but the one thing that no one has addressed is on the rear rail. My saw has a steel bar that extends behind the saw approx. 6 or 7 inches. Its serves three functions. It holds the blade guard, is the adjustment point for blade alignment to the miter slot, and acts as the rear pivot for the arbor.

So, every “How TO” I’ve found on fitting the fence to the saw says nothing about this bar sticking out of the back of the saw. I’m wondering, since so many here have spoken about having this fence on their Craftsman saws, has anyone had to deal with the bar and if so, what was your solution?

-- John - Tampa, FL - American components, Russian components..... ALL MADE IN TIAWAN!

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#1 posted 08-09-2011 04:45 AM

I don’t have a clue about the fence, but glad to hear you’re still here and feeling better.

-- Wilson

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#2 posted 08-09-2011 05:26 AM

The rear rail on T-square fences just supports the right side extension table.

You just cut off the rear rail shy of the blade guard mechanism and install
to the right. If enough brackets come in the kit you can install the offcut
to the left.l

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