|Forum topic by Hermando||posted 06-19-2012 09:22 PM||3332 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-19-2012 09:22 PM
Hello All, I am sitting on the fence (so to speak) about upgrading the Craftsman contractor table saw I own. I have tossed back and forth the idea of buying a new saw for my hobby, but have found some good deals on some upgrades. I bought the saw from a woman up in the mountains here in Colorado for $45 and its the model 113.299315 with 1/2hp induction motor, cast iron top. It also has the steel sheet metal extension wings and the 24” Align-A Rip fence.
The saw itself is pretty solid and has enough power with adjustments fairly easy to make. I have upgraded to a link belt and tuned it up fairly true. Although the rip fence is better than most sold at the time, similar to the Ridgid table saws. I have not always trusted the ripping accuracy of the fence. The extensions wings being sheet metal steel still has a sag from the weight and just never lay flat across the entire table surface.
I recently purchased a Shop Fox 26 Classic from a guy off Craigslist for $100. It is in great shape, but the factory holes do not line up with the craftsman mounting holes. Question should I drill the cast iron top or drill the fence brace to fit. At some point I would like to upgrade to a Steel City or Jet, but may not be for some time and the craftsman is still a good machine for my needs. If I decide to upgrade I could always use the Shop Fox, but will have mounting holes for the craftsman in addition to the factory mounting.
Second question, I have been planning on getting the craftsman cast iron wings. Most are not solid surface, but have the ribbed cross braces. Very solid though. Is there any disadvantage or advantage to having the cast replace the steel extension wings.
Thanks for any suggestions or opinions.