Another Delta T2 Craftsman install #1: Install

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Blog entry by hotbyte posted 03-24-2013 12:56 AM 4424 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just finished installing my new Delta T2 fence on my Craftsman saw (model 113.298720) that I bought new in ‘87 or ‘88. Yes, I’d suffered that long with the original fence!

I used the existing holes in both the rails and table that are just to the left of the blade. I drilled additional holes in the right side extension wing. The hardware pack that came with the fence only included 2 bolts each for front and rear rail. I plan on picking up 2 additional each at hardware store and drill holes in table for them using the existing rail holes. My reasoning is if I ever upgrade saws by buying a used cabinet saw, I can move the fence over and not have “swiss cheese” rails. The tape rule on guide tube is about 1-1/2” off to the right. I’m going to try and peel it up and reapply. If that doesn’t work, I’ll get a new stick on tape. Because of the rear rail, I’m not going to worry about reattaching splitter/blade guard but will go to a ZCI tyoe splitter and some type of overhead blade guard with DC port. I’m also planning on a short extension to the rear of table that I can pull my outfeed table up against and probably wooded extension wing on far right side between rails.

With just a few cuts with the new fence I can tell it is going to be awesome improvement!!!

Here are a few pics…

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 01:20 AM

Congrats and great install

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 01:27 AM

Nice install, and a great improvement over the crappy stock fence. I drilled my table too, and for the same reason you drilled your table.

Does your fence seem loose at the rear rail? Mine does, but once locked down, I don’t worry about it.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 02:01 AM

Thanks y’all!

Don, I have found if I’m holding the handle up while sliding fence left/right, the rear can wiggle some. If I let the weight of handle just hold itself down and move fence by pushing on one of the faces there is no wiggle and then I just press handle to lock after getting fence in place. It also can lift a little vertically until it is locked down.

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 01:19 PM

Thanks for the photos and sharing your experience! I will be doing the same thing very soon. It would have been this weekend, but our car died last week and unfortunately, replacing it trumps shop improvements for now.

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