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athomas5009

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09-04-2014 01:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I’m looking for some advice on what looks like it could be an affordable solution to my crappy Cman TS fence. I have a beat on a older Delta / Rockwell Microset rip fence for 50$. It is the 50” version and a complete working system. It looks sorta like the unifence. Does anyone know if this is a good reliable fence? Meaning it’s fairly flat, glides and locks true? I know it’s not a biesemeyer or vega but figured this might be a good upgrade till I have 300 for a top model.

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#1 posted 09-04-2014 09:09 PM

Which Craftsman saw do you have? What model number? You might be better just waiting for a better table saw to come up on Craigslist in the $100-175 range than spend any money on a fence. At least, that’s what I did. Traded my Craftsman for other tools.

Also, I’m pretty sure the holes won’t match up. I think you are talking about the tube rails, so they may be difficult to modify…requiring you to drill and tap your saw.

-- Nicholas

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#2 posted 09-04-2014 09:14 PM

I believe that those fences have a funny issue
you may or may not want to tolerate:

The fence locks at the front and the back. It
will not always lock parallel and you have to get
a sense of how to know when it’s close enough.
If it is not close enough, you loosen the clamp
a bit and turn the knob and the front of the fence
pivots in relation to where it’s still clamped at
the back.

I’ve fooled with one or two saws with similar
fences. If you don’t mind checking parallelism,
it’s no big deal, but there’s a good reason
the t-square fence made them obsolete for
pro cabinetmaking.

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#3 posted 09-04-2014 09:19 PM

I have one of those fences and don’t have that issue. The front of the fence is designed to lock before the back. If you miss-adjust the mechanism, then yes, it could mess that up. I usually actuate the lever twice and mine always locks square.

-- Nicholas

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#4 posted 09-04-2014 09:24 PM

Mine is a 80s Cman contractor cast iron top and wings. The fence locks fine but doest glide parrelle and is limited to 24” to the right. I was going to just get 2 6’ pieces of angle and stick with stock fence until I had the funds for a good long one. When I saw this delta rockwell option popped up for the price of the angle iron I figured it was best case scenario.

I’d love a good used light industrial cabinet saw or a new grizzly version but I won’t have the spare cash for prob 2-5 yrs and there are other essential tools I need more before a cabinet saw. A properly tricked out contractors saw can do all the same as a cabinet version and for cheaper if done properly. Also I figure when the time for the TS upgrade comes I should be able to get 300 for it without much trouble.

So no one jocks have experience with this fence and can provide me with the good and bad?

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#5 posted 09-04-2014 09:30 PM

Mine isn’t bad, but I have the entire Delta 34-444 saw. It’s way better than the Craftsman fence that won’t glide. I had the exact same issue. I’m concerned that you may encounter difficulty trying to attach it to a Craftsman saw. And…I got the saw for a whopping $100…so I’m not sure what to say.

-- Nicholas

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athomas5009

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#6 posted 09-04-2014 09:42 PM

Well you definetly got a better than avg deal. Also from your response it sounded like your Cman was a bench top and not a contractors. Of course if I stumble on a killer deal I’m gonna jump on it but in the Detroit area it’s hard to find a Cman in the 75-100 region. Usually good cabinets are 500 and contractors 250-300 and those prices are ever 3-4 months.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#7 posted 09-07-2014 02:17 AM

After using saws with the old tube rails and fences that lock at both ends, I went to T-square type fences and would never go back.

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#8 posted 09-07-2014 01:48 PM

After having two similar TSS, one with a t2 and the other with an OEM “clamps front and rear” fence, I can honestly say that they both perform equally well. The thing to focus on is taking the time to set them up correctly and to follow the manufacturers instructions regarding use.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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