Delta T2 fence kit install help

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05-26-2014 05:31 AM

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I am installing a Delta t2 fence kit on my old Craftsman contractor saw I just recently refurbished. I have read that most people drill all new holes and make it so the tape measure is there starting reference point. I have also heard others say that they used one existing hole and drill the remaining.

I test fit the rail on my saw tonight and using 1 existing hole mocked it up on the saw. If I use the existing hole and just drill out the fence or the table to use the remaining holes I would have a 35.5” right side cut and a 6-7” cut on the left side. I

I can’t remember in the last 10 years when I have ever cut anything on the left side of the blade.

The other question is people seem to reference 7/8” from the top of table to the top of the rail bracket top. I mocking my unit up came up with 3/4” using said existing hole.

I would really like to get someones input who has done this adaptation already.

Thank You for your consideration.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#1 posted 05-26-2014 12:09 PM

I was able to use one existing hole and drill the rest. I was able to use the 0 mark on the tape as a reference once the fence was installed. I am only able to cut 32 inches to the right of the blade. I can move the fence and cut to the left of the blade. There is no tape for reference tp left of the blade.
My mount rail is 5/8” below table top using the existing hole. One of the adjusting screws on the fence did stand proud of the table about 1/32” I had to file it down a little. Because of the countersink for the mount bolts you will want to drill out new holes in the saw not the rail.

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 12:28 PM

I used one existing hole and drilled rest into saw. I have mine installed to give the max distance to the right as you mentioned. I don’t recall distance from table top or exactly how I set it. Using one existing hole, I don’t think there was much option but to go with what that set. I was already accustomed to not relying on the tape but taking measurements from blade when using the old original fence. So, not having the tape has not been an issue for me. One day, I might pull up original tape and reapply a new one that is usable.

The T2 has made a HUGE improvement in using the saw. I used some solid core door material I had to extend the top on out to be even with the end of the rails. I also added a short permanent outfeed extension that is about even with motor. I had to chisel out underside to allow full tilt of motor.

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#3 posted 05-27-2014 03:19 PM

So it sounds like just drilling a few extra hols in the cast iron top and wings is the way to go and then purchase a new adhesive tape measure to use with the additional cutting ability on the right side of the blade.

I can’t wait to get this project done so I can start checking off the other projects that are waiting for this tool to be completed.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#4 posted 05-27-2014 03:36 PM

A new tape is a good idea, but sometimes the old ones can be relocated along the rail successfully. It really depends on the tape, how well it comes off, and how well it goes back down.

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#5 posted 05-27-2014 04:26 PM

I am going to need a longer tape anyway since this one is set for 30” and the way I have mine currently mounted it will be 35.5” long or longer cuts.

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