Craftsman Tablesaw tune-up #3: Progress has been made

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Blog entry by B4B posted 04-18-2015 05:01 AM 1804 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: New Fence is installed and aligned Part 3 of Craftsman Tablesaw tune-up series Part 4: It's alive! »

Update – With Pictures!

So I ran into a problem with the original Shop Fox fence I ordered. No matter what I did to try and get it aligned it was toed into the blade. I called up technical support at Grizzly (after waiting on hold for about 30 minutes) they issued an RMA and exchanged the whole unit no questions asked.

Once I get some hands-on time with this fence I’ll post a review of my initial impressions. . but it is definitely an upgrade to the original crappy fence that came with the saw.

The replacement came in yesterday and I had it installed in no time, and it was perfectly aligned, and the clamping pressure was reasonable (not too much, not too little).

I’m debating what to to do with the old fence. I may keep it for when I sell the saw, but I also don’t want to hold onto it as I don’t have a lot of storage. I had a couple of pallets and some scrap wood kicking around that I used to make a new mobile stand.

I bought 4 (non-locking) swivel casters. I need to get 16 bolts for them and get them attached to the base. I also bought a set of heavy-duty hinges (almost $17 for the set of three) and was skeptical about $17 for hinges. when they came in, they were clearly not your run of the mill big-box store hardware. These are commercial hinges that would go on a heavy-duty door. I think the description said something about ball bearing and 150 lbs.

I’m sooo close I can almost smell the sawdust!

Attach saw to base (need some hardware)
Attach wheels to base (need bolts)
Attach two sheet metal wings onto left hand side
Make some sort of support said wings
Paint stand (I have some paint available that I can use, hopefully it’s enough)
Install some sort of dust bin under saw that could be attached to my shopvac
Make sawdust on saw (I do have two small projects on hold :().

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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#1 posted 04-19-2015 01:28 PM

Thanks for the blog. I don’t know much about the shop fox fence. The biffest weakness on the craftsman saws is that stock fence. Replace that fence and you have a good serviceable saw.
Kepp us updated

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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