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

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#1 posted 01-31-2018 02:50 PM

I inherited my 1950’s Craftsman 113. My grandfather used it for 50 years with the stock fence and made some incredible work. He already had a 220V motor on it.

I tossed the stock fence and put a Vega fence on it. I don’t know how he did it with that fence, but I love my Vega fence.

I’m just a weekend warrior making things for myself, family and friends. So, even if this saw gives up the ghost, I will probably buy another used one. I can’t justify the cost of a sawstop. But I can take the Vega fence off of my current saw and use it on a new-to-me one easily.

You need to decide how you feel about the saw and how you’re going to use it, regardless of the fence. If you like the saw and don’t plan on being a production shop, then just upgrade the fence. If, in the future, you decide that you want a different saw, you can look for a used saw and not worry about how good the fence is. If the new-to-you saw has a good fence, you could sell one of the fences and only be out a bit of money.

But if you don’t like the saw and/or plan on doing production runs, then you might be better off upgrading the saw and fence as soon as you can afford it.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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