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Table saw tune up questions

Trying to get the most out of my old Craftsman 10" Contractor's saw, I bought myself an A-Line-It tool yesterday and started checking out my setup.

I'm flabbergasted to report that I have nearly perfect alignment from my blade to the table, for starters. That ain't half bad for a first time setup from about 15 years ago, using a 2X4 scrap and a hammer.

I don't have the deluxe version, so I can't vouch for the for any other slop in the arbor versus the blade, but I can check out my fence alignment (which is different every time I use the saw).

So, since I want to get the most out of my saw, my options seem to be to buy a decent blade and get a better fence. I already use a Freud stabilizer to help my cheap blades spin better.

What would be a good choice of a combination blade from the big box stores - Freud 40 tooth?

How about getting an accusquare fence from Mule? I've already got a pair of cast iron extensions on both ends of the table, so I have 25" left and right available now.

I'm looking forward to your responses...
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-21-2009, 10:42 PM
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Good Fences make for Good Results.

I probably had the same saw you have and had an extension on each side as you do. The stock fence was not a joy to work with, I eventually reworked it and ultimately replaced it with a Delta Unifence when I retired the saw a year ago. I like the Unifence for several reasons, it's very versatile with the sliding and flippable fence bar, but find that it will not slide right to left and maintain alignment parallel to the miter slots until it's locked down. That makes measuring to the blade tedious. The scale on the bar and the cursor are accurate however, once they are properly set.
My other experience is with the Beisemeyer Fences and I have 2 of these on my other 2 table saws. They align perfectly and the cursor and measuring tape are totally accurate!. They will set you back more than the actual value of the old saw however, so only if you plan on keeping the saw and setup would I recommend that purchase. Realistically, just about any quality fence you have in mind will cost more the the saw's worth, but they will both last forever. Tough decision probably! Both of these fences allow for picking off at any location on the table, another plus.
Best to you, bill

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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