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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 11-24-2014 01:20 AM 3266 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joel_B

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11-24-2014 01:20 AM

I wanted to upgrade the fence on my old Sears Craftsman 10” table saw.
I would buy a new saw but don’t have the money or room for a really good one.
I read a lot of positive reviews about people who upgraded to the Delta fence so I decided to get it based on that.
If it wasn’t for the web site I found that explains in detail how to fit it to a Sears saw I don’t think I could have figured it out or even wanted to attempt it myself. So after spending a good day of tedious work lining up it to my saw and drilling holes through thick steel I finally got the front and back rails mounted. When I put the fence on for the final adjustments I found the fence was way out of square with the miter slot in my table saw. No amounting of adjusting the two screws would even get it close. Checking with a square its pretty obvious that fence was welded crooked onto the bracket that slides on the guide tube so it looks like I will have to be sending it back.
Also the locking handle for the fence only goes down about 45 degrees, my understanding is it is supposed to go down all the way to the vertical position. The surfaces that the fence slides has some sort of glossy slick paint on it but is anything but smooth, it has a lot of ripples in it. Now I am regretting buying this fence and think I should have spent the extra money for the Vega 40 which comes predrilled for Craftsman saws, boy would that have saved me a lot of trouble. Unfortunately now that I have already drilled the rails I doubt that they will take it back.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA


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unbob

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#1 posted 11-24-2014 01:42 AM

Touch up the holes you drilled with a little paint, and send that piece of junk back…...no need to mention the holes.

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 01:47 AM

Or send it back the way it is along with your story and see if they even come close to the integrity they say they have in their commercials. I doubt it but you never know. Craftsmanship these days just isn’t what it used to be. That’s what makes this board and it’s people so great. Craftsmanship. You either have it or you don’t.

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 01:48 AM

Or see if you can get a replacement for the poorly welded fence assembly? I have a biesemeyer on my unisaw and I fiddled with it endlessly to get it to work. Not real easy to adjust to make it perpendicular for sure. I still like it it I wish I could bill Delta for all my time frankensteining the fence to work right. Grrrrr.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 02:50 AM


Touch up the holes you drilled with a little paint, and send that piece of junk back…...no need to mention the holes.

- unbob

Sounds good to me.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 02:55 AM

Call Delta and ask for Keith.
I have had stellar service form him.

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#6 posted 11-24-2014 02:57 AM

That’s a bummer. I upgraded to same fence a while back and it is huge improvement. Hope you get yours resolved/replaced.

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#7 posted 11-24-2014 03:34 AM

I went with the Vega a month or so ago for my 113 saw. The front bolted right on, but I had to drill two holes for the back tube steel. No big deal, but just wanted to mention it.

Great fence. I almost went with the Delta myself, but changed at the last minute. Sounds like it was a good move.

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#8 posted 11-24-2014 04:09 AM

Ask for a new tube and head.

I put a sawstop tfa-pfa for $144 on my craftsman. It’s pretty good too.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 11-24-2014 04:39 AM

After some more research and thought I think I will stay with Delta T2 and ask for a new fence.
My reasoning as follows:

I already invested time and effort installing it.

The 30” capacity is what I want. 40” would be more than I need and space I don’t have.

The Vega Pro 40 is $100 more and has its own set of problems / complaints.

Sending the whole thing back will be a major PIA.

There are many good reviews on the T2 so I believe it can be a good fence although I am not too happy right now.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#10 posted 11-24-2014 11:55 AM

Sorry to hear about the issue. Getting the T2 installed and adjusted was a major PITA on my 113. Once I finally had it tweaked, all was well. Been using it for two years now and couldn’t be happier. Once Delta finally takes care of you, I think you’ll be a happy camper for years to come.

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#11 posted 11-24-2014 08:32 PM

Return the Delta and get an Incra TS-LS. I put one (older model TSIII) on my ‘85 model craftsman and then moved it to my Griz 1023. Extremely accurate, highly repeatable; and very easy to install and fine tune on both saws.. You won’t be sorry.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#12 posted 11-25-2014 04:17 AM



Return the Delta and get an Incra TS-LS. I put one (older model TSIII) on my 85 model craftsman and then moved it to my Griz 1023. Extremely accurate, highly repeatable; and very easy to install and fine tune on both saws.. You won t be sorry.

- Woodbum

Didn’t even consider that one. Incra makes cool stuff but its out of my budget and my table saw is only worth maybe $50. So even a $190 fence seems extravagant.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#13 posted 11-27-2014 02:37 AM

As others suggested contact Delta. I upgraded this year to the T2 onto a Delta contractors saw and had no issues. I did reverse the handle on the fence to go the other way. (It was a simple matter flip it over and you will see.) Once it was trued up to the saw it has worked without issue.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 11-27-2014 03:19 AM


Also the locking handle for the fence only goes down about 45 degrees
- Joel_B

I believe that is correct, won’t swear to it though.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 12-09-2014 06:34 AM

So I received the replacement fence from Delta and this one is straight, but the locking handle still doesn’t work right. It doesn’t lock it just gets tight and the fence already moved on me in the middle of a cut. Here is the solution I came up with does anybody else

have this problem and perhaps a better solution?

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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