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Forum topic by boxmaker73 posted 12-21-2014 05:07 PM 2059 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2014 05:07 PM

I just bought an older Craftsman table saw. It’s direct drive with cast iron extensions.The top measures 20”x40”.I want to upgrade the fence and rails.Does anybody have suggestions as to which fence and rails would work on my saw?

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#1 posted 12-21-2014 09:17 PM

I have the older style Ridgid (TS2400) and I recently upgraded my whole set up. After much deliberation, I opted to go with a Biesemeyer Style Guide Rail Setup, with a Very Super Cool Tools T-Square Fence System (48” Aluminum Extrusion). I am making a table saw work station on wheels, which will include my router table extension, miter saw cutting area, among other items, so I needed a system which could adapt to handle all of these.

I made the “Biesemeyer Style Guide Rails myself, well, after watching all of “Ask Woodman’s” videos on You Tube a couple of times. It was a VERY easy process, even though I was initially concerned after seeing how many videos where in the set (he recently combined some on his site). Woodman takes you step by step in the process, at a pace that anyone can follow. An experienced metal worker might become impatient, but Woodman really takes the time to show you everything. I modified a few things in the process, but the final results were outstanding, everything I had hoped for and more.

I can’t imagine woodworking without having the Aluminum Extrusion now. It provides you with an infinite amount of opportunities to make and secure various jigs, fences, etc. There is nothing on the market that is as strong, flat, straight, square, lightweight and affordable as aluminum extrusions.

Of course this set up may be way overkill for what you want or need, but 10 months ago I bought my saw on Craigslist and started the same process in the same way you just did. I had no idea this is where I would end up, and there is no way I would change anything.


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#2 posted 12-23-2014 03:06 AM

It’s direct drive

dump it ad start over. belt drive older c-man is a better choice. direct drive won’t run as smoothly as a belt drive, which affects cut quality.

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 12:29 PM

Unless you find a deal on a used fence, the starting price range is ~ $200. Frankly, I don’t think that saw is worth the cost and effort. In the long run, Toolie’s suggestion to grab a belt driven full size saw is the way I’d go.

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#4 posted 12-23-2014 03:18 PM

He can still upgrade the fence and move it over to a belt drive Craftsman later. Just telling him to ditch the saw doesn’t answer his question.

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#5 posted 12-23-2014 03:44 PM

The Delta T2 is the usual low cost best answer, but I see it’s hard to find again. I got mine at Tools-Plus. Price has gone up, they offer it at $189 when it’s available. Tools-plus is a good vendor. You need to drill holes in the cast iron, but that’s not hard to do. Works GREAT, best upgrade I ever did on my 113 C’Man.

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#6 posted 12-25-2014 08:43 AM

If you go with the Delta T2 route, Amazon has them listed as $199 but when I checked out it gave me a delta promotion of $30 knocking the price down to $169. Not sure how long they are running this promotion, I placed my order on Sunday the 21st.

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#7 posted 12-25-2014 10:04 AM

Thanks guys for the suggestions. I think I’ll keep the saw for awhile and upgrade to a delta t2 fence. So far i haven’t had any issues with cut quality. This saw was definitely a big step up from the Black and Decker 10” Firestorm saw I previously had.

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#8 posted 12-25-2014 01:51 PM

Yep the t2 is the best bang for your buck and I absolutely love mine and was a great improvement on my ridgid 4512. Got mine at tool barn, signed up for email got another $10 taken. Unsubscribed after my first email. Fast shipping as well, took about a week.

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