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Forum topic by mamalbh posted 10-08-2012 06:34 PM 686 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mamalbh

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10-08-2012 06:34 PM

Looked at an older Craftsman belt-driven, 113 model TS yesterday. It has a biesemeyer fence that skips and hops, I was under the impression these were supposed to be awesome fences. I’m thinking of buying it for around $275.

Is that a good price?
How hard will it be to get the fence to behave? It does stay put once locked down.

Any specific things I should check before buying?

Thanks


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#1 posted 10-08-2012 06:47 PM

Biesimeyer does make a good fence. Sound like the guide rails might have some rust or crud build-up that is causing the skip/hop. Probably an easy fix.
I have a .113 with a delta T2. It’s a good, capable machine. I have about $225 in my saw, so $275 with a B-Meyer is a reasonable price. Of course it’s only good IF the saw is in good shape and if the fence can be nursed back to health. Keep in mind that the fence can later be installed on any subsequent saw you might buy down the road.

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 07:21 PM

If there’s no serious problems with the Biese, it’d likely be a reasonable deal. A pic would sure help….

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 07:28 PM

++1 on tedstor’s comments. i have $175 in total in my 113 series cman with a t2 fence, ridgid saw stand and ridgid herc-u lift. i’d try to use the erratic movement of the fence to negotiate a lower price. and to give you an idea of how much i like my 113 series saw, i’m selling a refurbished unisaw to make room in my shop.

any chance for pics of the problem fence and front rail for analytical purposes?

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mamalbh

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 08:09 PM

Sorry no pics, he doesn’t have them on the CL ad, and I didn’t take any while looking. The fence doesn’t say BEISEMEYER across the top like the ones I’ve seen online, it says it smaller on the front. It also has the extension table (maybe 30” beyond edge of saw’s table?)

I was being hurried by my hubby so I didn’t get to investigate why the fence wasn’t sliding. It looked fairly well taken care of, so I don’t know why it didn’t want to slide.

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 09:03 PM

A little wax applied in the right places might help the fence slide better.

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