Today I bot an old sears 10" TS for $35. Model 113.29992. It's in good shape
except the fence slide gear rack is bent. I checked the Sears parts page and
the gear rack is no longer available. Unless I can find a TS junk yard, I'll
have to outfit it with an aftermarket fence, but I don't want to put a $300
fence on a $35 TS. Any recommendations for a good, relatively inexpensive
The extension table came with it but was not attached. Is there a rule of
thumb for which side of the blade I should attach the extension table? It's a
left hand tilt if that makes any difference. Last question: Where can I get a
As a user of a old Craftsman 10" saw, my standing recommendation is for the
Sears Align-A-Rip fence system. It's $150 or so and in my opinion is every
bit as accurate and reliable as the Biesmeyers and Jet systems I've either
seen or used. Your other option might be to find a local machine shop that
will cut you the rack. I would imagine that could be done pretty cheap -
certainly worth looking into.
As for the extension table - my own rule of thumb is to put the extension on
your dominant side. If you're right handed and if you work like me, then
you'll want your long measurements to your right which means the extension
wants to be on your right so that you can run your fence out for the long
cuts. Just my opinion.
The Sears web site used to have some manuals and there is also this place...
I didn't see your saw model there, but look at what they have because many
of those old saws were very similar and you stand a good chance of finding
everything you need in one of the other manuals.
Of course, if you decide that all of this is not worth your while and you
want to get rid of that saw...
Thanx for the info Mike. I was looking at that Sears fence last night. Your
recommendation may convince me to buy it. I have a second old Craftsman TS
that is my main saw. The 'new' one is going to be used in the vacation home I
am building. I'll move the fence from my main saw to the 'new' one and put the
new fence on the other one. I've been looking for an excuse to get a better
fence, now I have one.
You're welcome Steve. You'll love that Align-A-Rip. Build your own table
extensions, install a router base in one of the extensions and fab a couple
of MDF fence covers for your rip fence and you'll be as happy as a sailor in
a whor.... ummmm.... well, you'll be very happy.
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