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ckorkyrun89

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08-22-2014 06:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw fence

I have a roughly 50 year old Craftsman contractors table saw. I have what I suspect is the original fence and I recently broke it. The eccentric cam on the locking lever broke so I can no longer tighten the fence. I have been interested in getting a different fence anyway so it worked out alright.

My problem however is that it doesn’t seem like there are many options.

I can get a Vega fence from Amazon for around 275.
It looks like I can get a Delta 30” fence for about 220 but I would rather have at least 36” capacity.
I talked with the folks at Woodcraft and found I can get a Sawstop fence for 350.

Are there other cheaper options that will result in a decent fence?

My other option is just to build my own. Does anyone have any experience doing that?

The costs of the fences are high enough that it makes me want to just save money for a better saw and get a better fence and a better saw at the same time.


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#1 posted 08-22-2014 06:53 PM

Need to know the model of the saw to give you any help.

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 07:26 PM

I’ve heard/read nothing but praise for the Delta.

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#3 posted 08-22-2014 08:19 PM


The costs of the fences are high enough that it makes me want to just save money for a better saw and get a better fence and a better saw at the same time.

- ckorkyrun89

You are not going to gain much saw unless you save at least double the cost of the fence and look at used saws. If the Craftsman runs strong and you are happy with it, just replace the fence. If you aren’t happy with it then save up $700-900 and buy a better saw.

edit; As for building your own fence, people do it, but depends on your experience level and how much you trust yourself. IMO, the fence is the most important part and separates a “good” saw from a “great” saw.

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#4 posted 08-22-2014 08:22 PM

I put a Delta T2 on my old Craftsman 113 and it serves me very well.

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ckorkyrun89

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#5 posted 08-24-2014 02:41 AM

I will try to find the model of the saw and post back.

As far as building my own fence, I feel pretty confident that I could build an accurate fence that would be somewhat of a copy of a Bessimier (SP). I am not sure if I want to put that much effort into it though.

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 04:53 PM

I was able to score a Vega off of eBay for $160. You might start look on eBay and Craigslist for used fences. I also looked into building my own fence, but by the time I purchased the material (heavy duty iron) there wasn’t much cost savings.

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#7 posted 08-26-2014 05:17 PM

I just got a 26 inch Vega for $50 off Craigslist but really had to be patient. I would either look for a broken saw with a quality fence on Craigslist, then scrap or sell the saw or buy the Vega or verysupercooltools.com fence with some steel for an excellent Biesemeyer type fence if you have some ability with metal. A little cheaper than the Vega for a better fence. Agree though that a better saw would fun at least $600, unless you go used.


I was able to score a Vega off of eBay for $160. You might start look on eBay and Craigslist for used fences. I also looked into building my own fence, but by the time I purchased the material (heavy duty iron) there wasn t much cost savings.

- dschlic1


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#8 posted 08-26-2014 05:21 PM

FYI… All Emerson made craftsman contractor saws for the last 60 years are a 103. Fence attachments really did not change. He gave us plenty of info. I have a mid 50s saw and bought a fence that had been attached to a 1980s saw… bolted right on.


Need to know the model of the saw to give you any help.

- UpstateNYdude


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#9 posted 08-27-2014 04:27 PM

I did find the model number. Its a 113.29920 and I believe it was made in 1956.

I have decided to build my own fence. Going through what I have laying around, I think mostly what I will need to get will be some hardware and some UHMW strips for glides. Luckily, I have access to most of what I will need to fabricate the fence and I would rather just get on with it and have my saw running again than wait for a while in hopes something will pop up.

Also, I’ve not been very happy with the way the current fence clamps down. It seems like a shot in the dark whether it will be parallel to the blade or not.

Thanks for the help.

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#10 posted 08-27-2014 04:33 PM

http://www.askwoodman.com/2012/09/24/diy-biesemeyer-fence/

He gives a step by step video series on building a Biesemeyer type fence. What I was going to do before getting my bargain Vega fence

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