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Posted on upgrade Craftsman 113 or save up for new saw?

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#1 posted 01-30-2018 03:30 PM

The fence upgrade will make an actual table saw out of that saw. You may not feel the need to replace the saw once the fence is replaced.
I put a Delta T2 fence on a 113 best thing I ever did. I replace it later with a Sawstop but only because I wanted the Sawstop safety.

- johnstoneb


Thank you for the advice. That is the part that I am struggling with. As a beginning wood worker, saw stop’s technology is very attractive. The price is currently unattainable as it would probably be around $2000 for the saw that I would pick. What did you do with your old fence? Were you able to easily sell it to recoup some of your cost?

What other tools do you have in your shop? I am basically in the same spot, but I opted to upgrade to the T3 fence and then work on acquiring other tools I d like to get.

- bndawgs

In terms of stationary tools, the only other tool i have is a hitachi 8” miter saw that I received from the same family member as the table saw. It does a great job but makes a terrible mess

I do not have any milling equipment (jointer, planer, disc or stationary belt, etc.) nor do I have a drill press.
I do have a fairly complete set of hand tools.

The other tools I would like to add as the need arises is a drill press, and a bench top sander /w dust collection. I know that the cost of S4S is more expensive, but I do not have the storage / shop space to plane, joint, and store boards regularly. I will have to stick to smaller jobs and hobby projects for now.

As for larger rip cuts than 36” you guys are probably right, I would be better of making it 1/4” ~ 1/2” proud and trim it to fit with a flush trim bit in my router.

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