What anyone should do is clearly up to them.
But, you are going in all sorts of directions at the same time. You have a 113 that you are overhauling, adding a 2hp motor to it and then already complaining or at least concerned about the $300 you have spent you go out and buy another saw for the fence and it isn't all that good?
I say stop and come up with a plan of action and stick to it.
BTW, $165 isn't a ridiculously low price for that saw. In the used market that is about retail.
I actually wasn't complaining, just curious about which saw I should keep. On top of being an aspiring woodworker, I'm also a tinkerer and a bit of a gearhead. I like fixing up old stuff. I had found the 113 in a salvage place for next to nothing. I figured I could clean it up and use it, since I lacked a semi-decent table saw and had to make do with an awful Ryobi direct drive saw that I had inherited. Anything was a step up from that.
I had planned to take apart the motor and have it re-wound at a local shop, but when I took it apart, I found that it was a cheaply built unit and didn't want to spend the money to rebuild it, so I ditched it and bought the WEG. At that point, I decided that since I'd added 100+ Dollars to my cost, I'd make the saw like new. I took it completely apart, masked and repainted the trunion, arbor, the underside of the table, checked the bearings (they were fine), and cleaned up the top and wings, and added an accu-link belt. The saw now looks brand new. I have no issues whatsoever keeping this saw, especially since my shop (garage) is wired for 240 single phase to run the motor.
The last thing I needed for my saw was a decent fence. I found a saw advertised on CL that had a decent-looking T-square fence already on it. I thought I could buy the saw, remove the fence to use on the 113, and re-sell the saw for about how much I paid. If nothing else, I could install the Craftsman's old fence on it so I could sell it with a fence.
When I met up with the guy to look at the saw, I found that it was a very nice Delta 36-430 U.S. made saw that was complete (except for the guard and splitter) It had the original 1.5/2hp dual voltage Marathon motor on it (I have enough experience with WEG motors in my factory to know that, while inexpensive, they are of fairly questionable quality in comparison to the Marathon). This means I can still run it on 240 single phase which is great for me. Sure, the saw will need some cleaning up, but I don't mind that...just another excuse to get out into the garage.
The only issue was that the fence on the saw, while apparently a perfectly serviceable t-square fence (I can't find a brand anywhere on it), is not the original fence that was on the saw, though it is probably light years better than the original Craftsman piece.
So, the reason I was asking for opinions from people who have more experience than I do, is to help me decide if I want to install the "new" fence on the Craftsman, sell it (at a loss...of course), and use the money to put towards a (probably used) Vega Utility 50 or new Delta T2 fence...or if I can find a SCREAMING deal, a Biesemeyer. to mount on the cleaned up Delta...
Should I clean up and re-sell the Delta with the Craftsman fence to recoup some of my expeditures and just use the Craftsman.
Either way...I NEED a table saw, I just want to keep keep the "better" saw, meaning, if the Delta is a horrible quality saw (regardless of country of manufacture), I would rather keep the Craftsman. As it is, the Delta seems like the "sturdier" saw, but the Craftsman seems to have a more robust-looking trunion and arbor assembly. I just need to make up my mind and get on with it because I don't have thespace for two saws (otherwise I'd use one for ripping and one for crosscuts).