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

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#1 posted 01-30-2018 04:08 PM

Clearwater. I have the same saw that you do but mine has none of your upgrades. Ive had mine for about a year and my only complain is that id love to add another extension so I could cut wider material. Your saw will serve you well as is without spending all the money. I’m sure your wife will appreciate it if you would keep it and you could possibly donate it to another family member when you out grow it.
Personally I would not spend the money on a fence. Since I do it as a hobby its not worth the money to me since I can measure twice for free. Im guessing you are in the same boat but it really is a personal preference. Also you can go get regular angle iron and make the fence rails as wide as you want which is much cheaper than buying the upgraded fence
As far as the router goes I have seen people take the metal side extension out and make their own fabricated one that will fit their routers. That might be a cheaper way to go
For a hobbyist I think the 113 is a great saw. Sure a SS would be great but its hard for me to justify paying that for a hobby plus in your case you could buy a lot more tools with that money

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