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Forum topic by NickF posted 03-04-2014 02:43 PM 818 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2014 02:43 PM

Other than getting a new blade, has anyone upgraded this table saw with a better fence? If so which one, or do you know of one that will work on here. I bought this refurbished real cheap that I couldnt pass it up.

Craftsman 10’’ Jobsite Table Saw with Folding Stand (28463)

I bought it for 50$ as well as a 10” mitre saw for 50$!,0.5,0,0!!!

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 03:36 PM

Most aftermarket fences are aimed at full size saws….I’m afraid there are no stand alone fences available that will fit yours that I’m aware of. Rousseau makes a table saw station with a fence that should work, but it’s not cost effective IMHO. You can build your own TS station, and add a fence to that, but it’s still a lot of effort for that saw, and could still cost more than the saw is worth. You can build a simple crosscut sled to improve crosscut accuracy. For rips, get the fence as close to parallel with the blade as possible, and buy something like a $30 Freud Diablo D1024, D1040, or D1050….that’s about the best you can do for a reasonable price and effort IMO.

Since you bought the saw cheap, you might consider keeping your eyes peeled for a better full size used saw, then sell your portable…..if you truly need a portable, you might consider looking for a used Bosch, Ridgid, or DeWalt portable.

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 03:54 PM

Perhaps have a look at what Matthias Wandel has done here:

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 03:48 AM

thanks guys. I think I am going to keep my portable for as long as possible. I do a pretty good job at getting the fence square. It just takes a few tries with scrap. but for what I do it isnt a big deal. I might look at how this saw was assebled and think about tearing it apart and building my own case or frame for it. Then adding some sort of square metal framing around it to be able to add a better fence. I was just taking a shot in the dark..

I am no where on the same level as you guys are in woodworking, but I wish to be. I am going to start saving for a better saw, and just keep this one for work. I am one of those guys who obviously wants the best but understands his actual needs. and for $50 knowing that it was a craftsman and not a nice delta/sawstop/or insert good brand name here type saw, it was 50$.

I have been a lurker on this forum for a while. I respect the people who come and reply here. I hope to one day be of some value to answer questions and help.

Thanks guys.

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 04:38 AM

Add an auxilary fence that you can square up to the table top and blade, grind out the ‘tabs’ on the miter slots, toss the miter guage and build a couple of sleds. I also built a router table extension to fit between the table and slide out extensions, but the plastic mounts holding the rails really blow, so a brace needs to be added to keep it from sagging.


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#5 posted 03-05-2014 04:57 AM

keep your saw and fence but get a caliper to make sure the blade is square to the fence. Check the front of the blade and back of the blade off the edge of one of the teeth. I check mine about every third or fifth fence change.’

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 05:08 AM

Unix, thanks great ideas on grinding out the tslots.

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