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321 days ago

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The standard turn handle fence is a true POS, so i’m looking to upgrade. I tried to purchase the Delta T2 fence, but just afterwards I was told that it is back ordered until late July. So I’ve been thinking about getting a VSC Tools fence. I can get the aluminum extrusion along with the T square for $250. My question is, can I buy the steel guide tube with scale/ front & rear support rails for the Delta and piece this whole thing together? If so, where do you recommend I buy the rails from? Does anyone have the measurements for them? Maybe I could get stuff from McMaster Carr


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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 321 days ago

I don’t think you’ll find any disagreement about the original Craftsman fence—I have a 113 model and I upgraded to the Delta T2 a while back. As for making your own, LJ Hutch made his own fence here with aluminum tubes, and it looks awesome. He also included some sources in his blog. LJ X541 designed and built a magnetically-held fence here—if your saw has an iron top, this might be an option for you. There are a few other LJs who’ve made their own fences, some of which were made of wood. You could find them by searching the LJ website for past projects. Good luck to you!

-- 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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Sirgreggins

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#2 posted 321 days ago

Thank Don. Are the angle irons and guide tube 2”x2”? i’m trying to work out the measurements in sketchup

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 321 days ago

On the T2, the front guide rail and the tube are both 2×2; the rear rail is 1-1/2×1-1/2.

-- 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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#4 posted 321 days ago

Thanks Don

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#5 posted 321 days ago

Had the same issues as you a couple years ago. Some folks recommended the T2. However, I opted for the American made Vega. The Pro 40” bolted right up to my 113. WOW, what a difference. Granted I am comparing it to the stock fence, but this fence is well made and the micro adjust is nice. Once you get it installed and dialed in, there’s no need to measure again :)

I think you can find them on Amazon and depending on the day, sometimes the longer ones are cheaper than the shorter ones.

Yup, just checked…pro 40 is cheaper than the U26 by $70.

http://www.amazon.com/Vega-PRO-40-42-Inch-40-Inch/dp/B000022621/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370269784&sr=8-1&keywords=vega+fence

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#6 posted 321 days ago

Search YouTube for AskWoodMan. He has a series of videos on building rails for the VSC or Biesemeyer style fences. The fence is just a 3×3 angle with a 2×3 tube.

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#7 posted 321 days ago

+1 on Vega fence. No regrets, I promise.

-- Roger

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#8 posted 321 days ago

I have the OEM fence on mine,still. Was with the saw when new. Only “upgrade” was a piece of 1x stock screwed to the fence. Then a jointer plane to straighten things out. Has been working ever since.

Note: scale for the fence is long gone, wasn’t that great anyway. I use a combo square to set the width. Referenced at the front and back ends of the fence, from a miter slot. I just have to remember which side of the blade I went from.

Plastic handle broke off, stripped the rod, too. New steel rod, and a steel bar the same size as the old handle were added. Black tape on the new handle, for grip.

and in use for dados

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 321 days ago

+1 on the Vega Pro 40. I put one on my old saw and it worked great.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 320 days ago

and the vega comes with the rails and tube as well?

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#11 posted 320 days ago

I put the Delta T-2 on my Craftsman 113 saw. Been very happy with it.

-- Mike ---- Visit my woodworking blog: http://sawdustnewbie.com

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#12 posted 320 days ago

Yes. The Vega comes with a tube front and square rail rear. Both bolted right on my 113. No drilling. Also comes with jack screws to level everything out. It’ll work without the right extension table, but if you have some scrap, it sure makes cutting everything to the right of the blade much easier. It also has support brackets to hold the extension table as well.

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Sirgreggins

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#13 posted 320 days ago

maybe it’s worth the extra $50 to go with the Vega, not to mention i’ll have it sooner than the Delta.I have the stamped steel extension wings, and the bolt heads stick out the front of the rail. Will this be an issue? Thanks to everyone who replied. I love this site b/c you guys are all so knowledgeable and willing to help out.

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#14 posted 320 days ago

I read some reviews on amazon about the vega saying that you have to lock both the main clamp and micro adjust clamp or else the fence moves all over the place. True? Please let me know if any of you had an issue with the Vega fence at all. Just trying to do as much research as possible before making a purchase. Thanks

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#15 posted 320 days ago

Thank you bandit571! I have been using the original fence on my 113 since I bought the saw in 1989. I have considered upgrading a few times, but balk at the idea of installing a fence that costs more than the saw did.

-- Dave K.

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