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Michael

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04-12-2018 02:40 PM

I recently bought a Craftsman 113.29991 table saw. It’s in pretty good condition, the motor runs well and after some buff and polish, the cast iron top came out very clean.

However the fence isn’t something that’s very easy to work with. It adjusts via a knob that moves left/right through a gear along the bottom of the fence. It’s pretty cool, however I don’t think very accurate. I’ve taken to craigslist to see if I could find any fences at a discount.

I received two emails. The first for a Craftsman Align-A-Rip fence for $80. I’ve had some experience with these fences and they seemed to be pretty good for the type of work that I do. The fence is in very good condition.

I also received an email offering a Powermatic fence made by Vega. The seller wants $75 for it. I’m just getting into woodworking so my experiences with fences is limited, however I hear Vega makes very good fences.

Could anyone give me advice as to which fence is the better buy?

Thanks!


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 04-13-2018 02:21 AM

Pretty sure that Powermatic has always made it’s own fences “Accu Fence” Vega are also very nice, but all of them I have seen proudly carries a Vega marking. I would suggest you investigate this PM/Vega fence over at.

Old Woodwoking Machines

or

Vintage Machinery

They could tell you if that is real, or skunk.

Post where you live, many of us have fences, both NIB, and oldies for sale, but due to heavy weight prefer to just sell locally. I have this exact Vega fence NIB It is perfect on a contractor saw. I’m certain someone isn’t far from you, with a fence that would be a major upgrade for you, and not break the bank. Perhaps start a thread. Looking to Buy:...........

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Loren

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#2 posted 04-13-2018 02:36 AM

I’d prefer the Vega. The Craftsman fences have
a 2-piece extruded front rail. The Vega uses one
steel tube.

That said, I think the Align-a-rip is a decent fence
and superior to a lot of Craftsman accessories,
which were often long on gimmicky features but
short on build quality, using knobs of the chintziest
plastic and so forth.

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 04-13-2018 02:50 AM

I don’t think the Vega could be any worse than the align a rip.

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CRAIGCLICK

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#4 posted 04-13-2018 03:44 AM

That definitely looks like a Vega fence with the tube rail, but it doesnt have the microadjust knob which is REALLY handy (for me, anyway).

If the powermatic/vega doesnt include the mounting hardware, you can get it from Vega. It’ll cost uou about 60 bucks.

I have a Vega on my Craftsman and I wouldnt give it up for love or money. You May want to check with TherealSteveN about his Vega. Then you’ll have a new fence.

FWIW, i don’t like the align-a-rip. It works…but I like the simplicity of the Vega or Biesemeier fence.

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 11:04 AM

Vega

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#6 posted 04-14-2018 11:22 AM

Curious why you have both table extensions mounted on the left. Don’t you want some support on the right side of the blade?

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Michael

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#7 posted 04-15-2018 06:27 PM

That picture was from the day I picked it up. Currently it’s in my basement with one extension on each side.

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