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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 10-28-2012 04:31 AM 3523 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2012 04:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw rip fence

I will probably be ordering the Delta T2 fence system for my Craftsman 113.298240 table saw. I’ve done some research on the installation, but I haven’t seen much discussion on the re/location of the saw’s switch. Does mounting the front rail require the relocation of the table saw’s switch?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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#1 posted 10-28-2012 04:36 AM

Look here.
Doesn’t look like they moved the switch.

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#2 posted 10-28-2012 01:36 PM

left or right, it’s up to the user. i keep mine on the left.

a 6” length of angle iron is attached to the underside of the guide tube support angle iron and the switch is attached to the 6” length of angle iron.

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#3 posted 10-28-2012 01:49 PM

I installed a T2 on my 113. GREAT fence.
I re-located the switch to the left side. I had to install a longer cord on the motor though.
The original cord was too short to allow the blade/motor to properly bevel. I used a cord off an old power strip. The cord swap took all of 5 minutes. Totally worth the (minimal) effort since I really dislike having the switch on the right side.

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#4 posted 10-28-2012 03:12 PM

Mounting it on the left keeps you out of the line of fire when switching it off. It also allows for an easy leg bump to turn it off so you can keep both hands on the piece.

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#5 posted 10-28-2012 04:01 PM

All—I agree with installing the switch on the left. The current/original installation is on the right, and I do get worried about reaching over the work piece to turn off the saw. Moving it solves that issue.

@Tedstor—It sounds like you only needed to extend the cord to make bevel cuts. In your judgment, will I need to extend the cord if I only make right angle cuts? If so, I’ll need to get additional length of cord.

Re: the T2, it looks like Tools Plus still has the best price ($158 including shipping). I got “authorization” to buy the T2, so it looks like I’ll be measuring five times and drilling in a couple of days.

Thanks for the comments and advice.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 10-28-2012 04:36 PM

You did good, it’s a great fence. I love mine.

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#7 posted 10-28-2012 10:33 PM

The stock cord was long enough on my motor IF I only intended to do 90* cuts. Yours probably is too.

But to be honest, I can’t see why you’d want to limit your machine like that? A $5 cord and 5 minutes of your time will easily overcome the limitation.

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#8 posted 10-28-2012 11:18 PM

@Tedstor—The bevel mechanism on my saw is very tight. I can move it but it takes a lot of effort, so I just leave my saw to cut 90’s virtually all the time. I will move the switch anyway so if I can loosen the bevel mechanism I will be able to make bevel cuts. I suspect that your are talking about the motor-to-switch cord and not the switch-to-power cord. I actually have a “new” switch and cord I got from one of our fellow LJs.

I do need to work on the saw to see if I can free up that mechanism and set the 45 and 90 degree stops.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#9 posted 12-15-2012 01:46 PM

Hey toolie, what’s the story on those CI wings?

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#10 posted 12-15-2012 03:40 PM

troyd1976…........what would you like to know about the wings?

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#11 posted 12-15-2012 05:49 PM

They appear to be CI and i am very jealous..lol..where did you come up with them, and were they bolt on or was there some modification needed?

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#12 posted 12-16-2012 01:47 AM

I got my T2 fence delivery earlier this week, and if y’all will indulge me, I have some other questions. I am sure that several LJs have installed the T2 fence on a Craftsman 113 saw, and I am hopeful that some of you can share lessons learned on the installation that would help me and others doing the same installation. If you can point me to a link where those lessons are already captured, that’d be great.

I did find some advice on the Internet on the process, so I already know that I will have to drill the front rail to match the existing holes in the saw’s cast iron top. Re: the stamped steel wings, it looks like I’ll have to drill either the sides or the wings or the front rail to remount the wings. Last question—where do you mount the left edge of the front rail relative to the saw’s cast iron top’s left edge (both when viewed from the front of the saw). Any advice?

Thanks in advance for your advice. I appreciate the help!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#13 posted 12-16-2012 10:36 PM

troyd1976…..........i purchased the wings for $50 from a fellow woodnetter. they bolted right onto the c-man with no modifications at all. heavy and smooth. if you’re interested, PM me and i’ll put you in touch with the seller.

donbrousard…........... can i assume you’ve seen this video re: fitting the t2 to the c-man?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Retrofitting-A-Delta-T2-Fence-to-a-Craftsman-Table/step7/And-thats-it/

it appears to be a step by step installation video.

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#14 posted 12-16-2012 11:52 PM

Yep- The link that toolie cited is what guided me through my T2/113 installation.
Only advice I can give is:
Take your time.
The angle iron is INCREDIBLY hard. Drill slow, use oil, and buy quality bits/countersink.

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#15 posted 12-17-2012 12:27 AM

@toolie—I had seen that Instructable before. It is clear as to where to mount the fence itself, but It didn’t seem clear on where to mount the front rail relative to anything, like from the blade. It looks like the video shows the front rail and the guide bar with their ends matched up. I guess it will become clearer as I start the installation.

@Tedstor—I do have a drill press to use to drill and countersink the rails. Thanks for the tip about having quality bits and countersink. I don’t plan to have to drill any extra holes, if I plan, measure and mark correctly the first time.

Thanks for the tips.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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