|Forum topic by JawShoeAh||posted 04-09-2013 05:27 AM||1274 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
04-09-2013 05:27 AM
New to the forums. I’m Josh. Nice to meet you all. Been researching high and low for information, and finally just need to ask for some advice and help.
I’m the kind of guy who agonizes over any purchase I have to make. Finding out how the product is made, talking to tech support, where it is made, quality control, asking what kind of materials it’s made out of, reading hundreds of online reviews for the real scoop.
So when it came time to start restoring my Crafstman 113 table saw (late 50’s), I ran into a wall with upgrading the fence. What the heck has happened in the past 3 or 4 years? You go online and you read countless posts of people buying Delta T2’s from box top stores for $150 or finding discount Bies’s for 50$. Now you go anywhere, call anywhere, ask anyone—and you get the most glazed looks.
I keep hearing that Delta is going bankrupt, so so don’t buy that. No store anywhere carries T2’s. They’re scarce to find online, or discontinued, or they’re $200+ now. I called Delta, and got little help or information from them.
The only marginally comparable cheap, buy quality, fence I could find was a Shop Fox with 7’ rails. On Amazon for $239+$50 in freight. Which is…expensive again. There’s not really any decent fence that I can find for around $150.
Did I miss the golden age of tools? This is terrible… hahaha.
All I really wanted was a Delta T2-50 (the one with the extended rails for a 50” cut to the right). Out of stock everywhere. I don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a Bies or whatever. Delta told me a Bies wouldn’t work anyways as my top is only 1.5” and they were adamant that I needed 1.75”...
All I really need is a decent fence that can give me at least like a 36” cut to the right so I can build some kitchen cabinets. I’m a hobbyist. Don’t need 64th’s of an inch repeatable super solid accuracy. Just want to cut wood, make the saw dust fly, and have fun.
-- .·..-._.·¨ ¤ Joshua