Table saw fence on a shoestring budget?

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Forum topic by HandyHousewife posted 09-29-2017 09:54 PM 1399 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2017 09:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw fence budget

I have a Craftsman 113 model table saw. We burned the motor up on it a while back, but HF to the rescue with a new (and slightly bigger!) motor and one of those link belts and it runs like an absolute champ now. But…the cheap metal clamp end on the fence broke (it was broken before, but someone screwed it together) and it held for a while, but now it’s cracking again, beyond what can be just screwed together.

I’ve been looking at fences online, but I don’t have an extra $200+ laying around for it. Any recommendations for an easy to use fence under $150? Our Craigslist is useless, as per usual. And I haven’t seen a used one come up on eBay (and not sure I have the time to stalk the websites waiting for a used one to pop up—I’m a farmer’s wife, and things have to be ready to go for when the farmer is home!)

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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#1 posted 09-29-2017 09:57 PM

Where you at? Maybe you could work out a deal for this Unifence :)

Delta Type 1 Unifence


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#2 posted 09-29-2017 10:12 PM

I used to have one around but I don’t know
what happened to it. If you can supply a picture
of the style of fence your saw’s rails takes
somebody here may offer you one. Craftsman
saws featured a lot of fence styles over the

Sears sells upgrade fences for its older table
saws. They don’t look like a bad value to me,
but they are not in the same class with a
Biesemeyer style fence.

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#3 posted 09-29-2017 10:33 PM

MrUnix, I’m in Kansas. It sounds like people are already telling him to price it at above my budget anyway, but I’ll give it a shot. :-)

Loren, it looks like this one (except mine has more rust and less paint)

It has the twist style lock, and the L shaped rails.

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#4 posted 09-29-2017 10:41 PM

Vega pro fence.

I put a Pro 40 on my dad’s old Craftsman. Worked like a champ. Note: I bought the Pro 40 because it was on sale and cheaper than the other models. Yeah, it kinda dominated the saw, but it still worked great.

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#5 posted 09-29-2017 10:46 PM

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#6 posted 09-29-2017 11:08 PM

MTStringer; Nice! Your Vega definitely would have be cut down to fit in my garage space—I don’t even have the wings on my table saw! If I could afford a fancy one though, I’d buy an Incra—it seems like it would suit my perfectionist side perfectly. ;-)

RickM; I’m not ruling that option out yet (there’s also a really neat welded one by a kid on YouTube, if my mediocre welding skills aren’t too rusty)—but I felt like if anyone knew of a ready made off brand that would work for me, it would be ya’ll here at LJ!

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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#7 posted 09-30-2017 01:47 AM

I just finished installing this fence on my Craftsman 113. It was $119 and with shipping $140 to my door.

I’m really happy with it after using for a couple of days, – locks down solid and smooth operation. Install went pretty easy.

Here’s a link to it

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#8 posted 09-30-2017 03:18 AM

There are a few wooden fences and several T square fences that can be constructed. I put the Sears one on my 113, it was OK. What I did not like about it was it would not stay true on lock down. Solved the issue with a big rafter square. Now, I have the Sawstop T-Glide on my Sawstop PCS; what a difference. Grizzly has a nice one for $159 Use a 10% WJ Coupon should cover the shipping. You could get your own rail stock at a metal dealer. Dan

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#9 posted 09-30-2017 10:43 AM

Do a search for DIY T square fence and there’s no end to them.
This one looked reasonable at a glance.

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#10 posted 09-30-2017 11:35 AM

The Sears fence that Just Chuck linked to is about the only complete fence that’s functional and within budget, unless you make your own.

The Delta T3 is a better fence and is worth the extra $50 IMO if there’s a way you could stretch the budget.

Used is a viable option if you can find one.

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#11 posted 09-30-2017 11:44 AM

I’m not sure of the cost, but check out the shop fox fence available from Grizzly.

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#12 posted 10-01-2017 09:41 PM

Thanks, everyone! I opted for the Shop Fox fence, I hope I made the right decision, but I’m sure it’ll be fine—they are all essentially the same from what I could tell, just a matter of price/size. I have a small garage “shop”, so I chose the smaller size, I might eventually regret that from a project standpoint, but I know I won’t from the space constraint one!

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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