I've been debating buying a new saw to replace my 20+ year old Craftsman
tablesaw. I did my research and picked out a few models I was interested
in. But, I had a hard time spending money on a new saw when my old saw was
My saw is probably worth less than $100 on today's market. Small aluminum
table, 13 Amp motor, direct drive, maximum 2.5" depth of cut, and a really
bad fence. But, it has been very reliable and rugged despite a bad power
switch and my abusing it dragging it out into the yard and whatnot. On the
positive side it has an induction motor, left tilt arbor, is small enough
to store, and light enough to move around the garage easily.
In any case, after replacing the power switch and a lot of debating, I
sprung for a Mule Accusquare fence (Their smallest model 825). It cost me
about $180, and is clearly worth more than the saw. But, it was still
a third the cost of a new low end table saw.
It took me about 2-3 hours to remove the old fence, install the new one,
and get everything tuned up. The fence arrived with a broken plastic
"cursor", but Mule sent me TWO replacements free of charge.
I've been using the new accusquare fence about a month now, and I have to
say I am very pleased with it. It's quick and easy to set, stay's aligned,
and is accurate. I can actually set the fence using the built-in ruler
instead of having to measure from the blade to fence for every cut. It's
amazing how the simple addition of a new fence has transformed my
little table saw.
So, I'll keep using my old Craftsman saw till the motor finally dies. Then
I might spring for a new saw. On the other hand, a replacement motor is
only $200... Hmm... :)