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Forum topic by RickInVa posted 01-02-2012 07:20 PM 3017 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RickInVa

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01-02-2012 07:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw rip fence question

I have been using my craftsman table saw for a long time, but the one short-coming of that model is the less-than-wonderful stock rip fence. SOOOoooo, I have finally gotten frustrated enough with it to replace the rip fence with a Shop Fox model (Classic TS fence available thru Grizzly).

Anyone have experience with this particular combo? any things to consider? I have looked for other options, but I con’t seem to find anything else that is available. (looked at Delta option, but it appears to be not available any more).

thanks, folks!

Rick in VA


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Bill White

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 07:36 PM

I have the fence on my Grizz 0444Z. It is a very good fence, and has all the adjusts needed to make it dead on.
Bill

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 08:27 PM

I have the Delta T2 on my old ( 1976 ) Craftsman TS. It made a huge difference. I looked on E-bay and found nothing so I went to Delta’s website. Here is what I found. They still make it, apparently. Maybe you could call them to find a dealer. http://www.deltamachinery.com/accessories/saws/item/36-t30

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 09:16 PM

Tools-Plus.com has the T2 for less than $155 shipped -Jack

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 11:57 PM

for rmoore and IrreverantJack -
did you have any trouble mounting the T2 to your sears TS? the ShopFox (tho it is more expensive than the T@ price from tools-plus) looks like it would not need any adaptation to mount it to the TS I have (model 113.299120), and I am not particularly keen on the idea of having to drill holes in the table. One other observation is that my saw has the extensions with the ‘dimples’ (lowered area over much of the extension area) and the T2 manual seems to say that it will not work on those extensions. I wonder if that will be a problem with the ShopFox fence?

THANKS for your feedback, gents!!

Rick in VA

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 12:52 AM

Rick, I had decided on the T2 for my Craftsman contractor saw. This was my second choice. I was looking over other LJ's install/setup stories when a newer Delta saw with a complete Incra LS system and a lot of extras was posted on Craigs List by a motivated seller. The new plan is to use the Craftsman for sleds, jigs and miters. I’m thinking of trying a sanding disk. I don’t need another fence now. -Jack

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 12:56 AM

Mine is not a Shop Fox, but it looks EXACTLY like theirs. I have been VERY pleased with mine. No complaints whatsoever.

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 01:31 AM

I couldn’t tell you which one is easier to install, but can tell you that lots of people have added a T2 to an older Craftsman saw. At <$155 shipped, it’s a heck of a value and a very price appropriate choice for those saws.

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#8 posted 01-03-2012 02:36 AM

Rick, the holes did not line up on my table. I chose to drill them in the table rather than the rails. I figure if I get a different TS some day I may put it on it. All in all it was fairly easy to do. A fellow LJ did a blog about installing his T2. It is very detailed and may help you. Here is the link for it. http://lumberjocks.com/Hersh/blog/21945

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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