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I saw the redline in operation a while back. It looks like a great fence and should do you for quite a while.
I struggled with the same issues a few years back.
The fence (and a few other minor things) on the old 1hp rockwell beaver contrator saw just wasn't doing the job so do I just upgrade the fence or buy a new saw???
My plan was to upgrade the fence which would have cost around $300 (after taxes, shipping ... mulecab or redline) and I was just about ready to pull the trigger when ...
I ran into a sale on a Delta 1.75HP hybrid for $800 ($700 then taxes) which, as a bonus, included a Delta AP400 1hp dust collector
So I Sold the beaver for $200 (including half dozen 9" blades) and sold the dust collector for $150. My out of pocket cost for the new saw was around $450 which is only $150 more than the fence upgrade only ... but that only worked cause the I got a new saw on a super sale ... otherwise I would have gone the same route you did.
I kinda miss the old saw and it would have worked very well with a new fence.
New fence, old saw, typical experience
I felt pain listening to all you had to go through. Sorry to hear that. Like so many of us with 25 year old saws, as I have posted before, anyone else thinking this route please see Accusquare, about $270 (US) available from Rockler or direct from Accusquare, Lewiston NY and in Canada at 59 Industrial Parkway South, ON L4G 3Y5.; 905-717-8325 or 800-684-7366.
I installed mine on my 25 yr. old Craftsman, drilled several holes accurately, and it was flawless. My regret was that it took me all these years to find out about them, so I hope this helps someone.
Now for the acid test....do you like it? If not, I'd probably take it back. If so, enjoy your upgrade....the initial frustration should pass.
Yes Scotsman ,you got a good deal there. I was close to doing that but I spent too much on tools lately
Accusquare probally would have worked better on this saw too Steve.
And Scott I think I will like the fence system and I think I have a way to correct the install. I believe I can put in a spacer (3/16) and get longer allen head bolts for the piece on the back of the fence. This should allow me to lower the back rail down to the saw holes. Then I will be pleased and just absorb the $20.00 bag a bolts adaptor kit.
Thanks all for your comments and help.
A good experience
I bought it and had it installed on my 20'ish year old Craftsman.
Bought a new Delta Hybrid and it installed easily onto it with no hole drilling at all.
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I may be missing something and if so, I apologize, but if holes for rails are drilled up to 1/16" oversize, that would allow a little adjustment up and down of rails. Using a credit card under fence holds it nicely for clearance. Thank you for your indulgence.
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