Old Craftsman Flex Drive Model No. 113.241680 upgrade to Delta T2 Fence

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Project by SwayzeeJon posted 01-15-2012 07:20 AM 26258 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many thanks to all of the Lumberjocks for all of your wisdom and help! Your advice finally got me motivated to do something about my piece of junk saw. (OK, maybe it is just operator error and the saw if halfway decent, but I am just getting started in woodworking….)

I had an 80’s Craftsman 10-inch Flex Drive Table Saw Model No. 113.241680 that I picked up for $75 and the fence was absolutely horrible. I didn’t event like using the saw. The back of the fance never was where it should have been, and all of my cuts were off in a variety of ways.

After reading all the fellow Lumberjocks, I finally decided to purchase the Delta T2. Everyone said it was for sale at Lowes. I couldn’t find it at Lowe’s. Finally found it at a decent price at Got it for $154.47, including shipping and handling.

The thing that took the longest was trying to determine which way to mount the fence to the saw. Do I drill through the rails of the fance, as many have suggested, or do I drill through the saw itself, as several others have suggested? I eventually made a financial decision. Saw=$75. Fence=$155…..I drilled through the saw, figuring that I could eventually reuse the fence on another table saw if I ever upgraded.

I moved the fence rails so that 1-2 holes would fit, and then drilled the rest. No problems. Went on fairly easy. The only issue I had was on the back of the saw. I could of used a hacksaw to cut out the part that sticks out for the guard, or I could just cut the guard off. Again, I made a financial decision. I cut the thing-a-ma-jig out that holds the guard, which means I must be very, very careful from now on….

The other issue is that like others suggested, since I tried to use existing holes in the saw AND fence, I had to move the measuring tape over so that it would again line up on the zero mark. It came up, and went back down, with no problems.

The Delta T2 is AWESOME! I have made many cuts today, and am thrilled to death! If you are a new woodworker – or maybe even advanced – don’t think twice about this upgrade. If I would have done this a long time ago, I would have used my saw a lot more than I have recently! It is smooth, solid, and accurate!

I got the fence for Christmas. I got the Incra Miter 1000SE last year…..I wish I would have reversed the order in which I acquired them. You can also see that I added an extra table out of Oak and MDF, and then I put on some peg board at the bottom of the saw to hold all those things that I always look for when using the saw – pencils, sharpeners, tape, square, inserts, glasses, etc.

THANK you to all who posted previously that helped me get through this process!!!!

-- "Have you ever heard the phrase, 'Give a boy a video game and he'll play all day - teach a boy a video game and he'll play for life?' Me neither - take him fishin!" - Bill Dance

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 07:47 AM

congrats on your new fence Jon, enjoy.


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#2 posted 01-15-2012 09:37 AM

Holy Cow, I thought I had the only Craftsman model 113.241680 known to exsist. I bought mine new circa 1984 and other than the stock fence it has not missed beat. About two years ago I broke down and purchased the Vega fence system and couldn’t be happier. The Vega system uses square tubing for the back rail and I just took a hacksaw and made a notch for the blade guard support. At that same time I got the Pals 5/16” kit and installed it. Today, I just luv my table saw. Good Luck with yours. RG

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 02:26 PM

Considering the cost of your fence and the cost of your saw, you now have a table saw that will do the work of any of the expesive ones.
(I have 4 of these table saws. 1hp original that I bought new in 1975 is still used daily.(Original Aluminum fence,only added wood strip to each side to keep from nicking the aluminum)cutting. 1 1/2hp in storage, 2hp in shop, 3hp in work trailer. ALL working order. Only one has aluminum fence, others are the steel fence like you mentioned in yours.

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 02:45 PM

I have the same saw, making me think I should upgrade, hummmmmmmmm!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 01-15-2012 04:16 PM

A nice fence like that will make all the difference on any saw!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#6 posted 01-15-2012 05:55 PM

welcome to LJ’s Jon. you can do a lot with any kinda saw if you dial em in. I’ve got a 50’s Craftsman myself. I’ve added a Biesemeyer fence to it long ago. so far, so good. Keep on makin dust. work/play safely

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 01-15-2012 06:12 PM

Your post came at a good time for me. I bought a Craftsman tablesaw a few years ago and made the mistake of trying to save money and not getting the Beismeyer fence, even though it would have only added a couple of hundred dollars to the price. Now I’m faced with having to upgrade the stock Craftsman fence because of it’s inaccuracy. The factory fence isn’t nearly accurate as it needs to be, it’s flares out from the table (it’s not at a 90 degree to the table) As you’re well aware, a fraction off and your whole project is way off.
I’m going to have to now upgrade to a Delta; Biesmeyer, Sawstop or some kind of quality fence and figure out a way to mount it.
Great job, I hope it works out well for you.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#8 posted 01-15-2012 06:35 PM

A better fence is the #1 upgrade for all these old Sears/Emerson table saws. I myself have a 60’s version of that saw (113.29901), 1HP, with a Ridgid AC1036 fence on it. It does all I’ve ever needed.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 07:12 PM

I recently did the same thing to an old Delta Contractor saw I piced up for almost nothing. Makes a world of difference.

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#10 posted 01-15-2012 07:33 PM

I did the very same thing to my TS and have lived “happily ever after” !! What a difference a good fence makes. So much easier to use….

I was “that close” to junking it but now I use it all the time….


-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#11 posted 01-15-2012 07:35 PM

disregard this entry….

To see the table saw…..

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#12 posted 01-15-2012 07:55 PM

Nice work! I have been a Craftsman user for years. I have a 1996, saw and it has treated me well. (pics on my link below).

You did a super job and for a little money, that saw will go for many more years!

BTW EE I also added the Ridgid AC1036 fence to my Craftsman. Found it at a HD in Wichita for 50 dollars (gloat)

Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 01-15-2012 07:57 PM

Good job! That fence should really improve your enjoyment of woodworking.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#14 posted 01-15-2012 09:14 PM

I had that Flex-drive saw for over 20 years. It served me well. Fair warning though, if that drive shaft breaks you’re looking at well over $100 to replace it. Six or seven years ago when I replaced the one on my saw it cost $110 plus shipping. Good luck with it though. I used mine hard and it never failed except when that shaft broke.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#15 posted 01-15-2012 11:07 PM

I have that exact same saw that I bought new in the 80’s. I have been struggling w/ the original POS fence since then. I have been thinking about the Vega aftermarket fence but I’ll give the Delta a look over as it looks to have a better price. Thanks for posting.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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