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Forum topic by Michael123 posted 01-29-2009 08:49 PM 2722 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2009 08:49 PM

I have been searching the internet for an aftermarket fence for my 10 year old Craftsman 10” table saw (Model 315.228310) when I came across your website (Lumberjocks) and the information that I have seen has me considering the Delta T2 fence available at Lowes. I like the price of Delta T2 and while I can’t justify the cost of the Biesemeyer an afforable clone would be great. I have two questions: 1) with all I’ve read – fitting the Delta T2 to a Craftsman can be difficult but as my saw is a bit newer than some, that I’ve read about, will I encounter the same issues with having to drill (and countersink) new holes in the fence rails or is it better to drill the cast iron top and wings (1 1/2” thick) as necessary? 2) Up until discovering this site and the recomomended Delta T2 fence I had been considering the Vega Pro 40 has anyone had any experience or know of anyone that has concerning the installation of this fence? I do like the extra cutting capacity afforded by this but I’m not sure if it’s worth the additional cost. I’ve made several modifications to my saw to make it work for me but the weak point now is the fence. From the testimonials that I have read it appears that the Vega Pro 40 is easier to install on Craftsman saws but the price is around $275 vs the $150 for the Delta T2, ultimately I want to make the right choice. Looking for feedback.

-- Michael, Connecticut

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#1 posted 01-29-2009 09:06 PM

Hi Michael, I have the same model saw and put the T2 on it without drilling the cast iron top. But I had to drill out the extensions to get it to fit since the holes did not line up. But the problem I ran into was that, once installed, the fence sat proud of my saw table (about 3/8”, if I remember). There simply isn’t enough material to drill out the wings to lower the fence so, if you want it to be flush with the saw top, you have to drill new mounting holes in the T2 or drill out the wings and install angle bracket to give you enough metal to lower the fence. Drilling out the fence of the T2 of course means you cannot return it, as I did since I did not want to use it sitting this far above the saw table. I could have mounted a plywood face to the fence to solve this problem but I didn’t because I could not see buying a new fence and then having to “manufacture” a solution to get it to work.

If you do a search for the T2 fence there are several references to installation of this fence on Craftsman saws. But, if I remember right, this involved drilling new mounting holes in the fence rails to fit the existing holes in the Craftsman saw.

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#2 posted 01-29-2009 10:23 PM

I could be wrong about this, but would you really need to drill the wings ? I recently realigned ( moved it over a few inches ) a Unifence on a old Delta / Rockwell 9” Contractor’s table saw with cast wings. There were no factory holes in the cast wings so I never drilled any. The fence is mounted to the cast top with two bolts and seems to work just fine. If there were factory holes in the wings like on my Delta 10” Contractors saw that has a stamped steel wing I supose I would of used them only because they are there and I like to over do stuff sometimes. I did have to redrill the fence rail to get it to fit where I wanted it on the 9” saw, but it all turned out very well in my opinion. Just as in woodworking, you need to take your time and think things out, and then check it over and over until your confident that what your doing is correct and in the right spot. It’s not a rush job, if you have little patience like so many do in this world today, perhaps you’d be better off buying a new saw that comes with a good fence. It’s your call.

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