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Forum topic by tool_junkie posted 09-09-2012 05:55 PM 720 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tool_junkie

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09-09-2012 05:55 PM

I availed the recent toolsplus deal on delta T2. I will be putting it on my craftsman 113.29943.
I read Jamie’s blog on how he put the T2 on his craftsman but I am still not sure whether I should drill holes in the table or the fence rails and this is the tough decision I need help with. I do not want to mess withe the zero location of the fence.

What are the pros and cons of each approach and which is easier? I only have a hand drill, but can have access to a friend’s drill press if needed.

Also, what is the best way to transfer a hole location from say table to the rail and then drill a hole dead centered on that location?

Any help will be highly appreciated.

Thanks!

-- Looking for a good quality Drill Press and a Cabinet Saw for cheap!


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RibsBrisket4me

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 06:00 PM

Look on my website. I drilled holes for my Ridgid fence in the cast iron wings. It was very easy and did not compromise the integrity of my saw. You will need to spray some WD-40 on the drill bit while you are drilling to dissapate the heat.

Clamp the rails in place and mark your holes to drill then.

The fence upgrade is worth it.

Best of luck.

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 06:30 PM

The cast iron drills a lot more easily than the steel.

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Bsmith

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#3 posted 09-10-2012 12:41 AM

Good luck. Keep us posted. I’m considering the Delta fence also for my Dewalt. It going to need some modifications.

-- Bryan

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#4 posted 09-10-2012 01:12 AM

I drilled the rails in the front rail and drilled at least one hole in the table for the rear rail. I don’t remember the rationale for the method I chose, but it worked out fine and the fence works beautifully.
Drilling the thick steel rails was A LOT harder than drilling the cast iron table. And remember you’ll need to countersink the holes in the rail too.
If using a hand drill, I’d definitely try to find a way to drill the table. Just prop the rails in place with a saw horse and clamps. Then mark the drilling points with a sharpie. Remove the rails from the table, then center punch the drilling points.

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tool_junkie

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#5 posted 09-13-2012 06:13 PM

Thanks everyone for all the valuable information. I think I will give drilling the table a try. Will post a report after I am done.

Oh one more thing, do I just use a regular metal drill bit for cast iron? I think I asked this in another thread, but I can’t remember where.

Thanks for all the help.

-- Looking for a good quality Drill Press and a Cabinet Saw for cheap!

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#6 posted 09-13-2012 10:55 PM

I wouldn’t worry much about the tape that comes with the T-2. They are very easy to replace.

When I put my T-2 on my Ridgid I just marked the area where it went on the rail and ordered a couple of nice Starretts metal tapes to replace the one on the T-2 once I mounted it.

How to find 0?

Unplug the saw, remove te blade guard, raise the blade all the way up and nestle the fence to the blade. I took a square and marked a pencil line on the rail even with the cursor line, took the fence off and put my tape down and then used those minor adjustment screws to make it dead on.

Your wil be happy when you get it mounted and its not as daunting as it seems at first.

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