Craftsman Align a Rip XRC table saw fenc
Would owners of the Craftsman Align a Rip XRC table saw fence tell me about this fence?
First, can it be attached to most contractor’s saws with cast iron table, 27″ deep x22″ wide?
Second, does it align correctly and repeatably?
Third, are the grooves on the fence T-slots for just most toilet bolts or are they just U-grooves, or T-slot with special bolts?
My recently retired Craftsman saw came with an XRC fence and for the most part it never gave me a problem. The fence should fit any standard size table , the only thing to remember is that the rails can not be used to move the saw around. The aluminum isn't strong enough and will bend. Yes you can use the t-trac slots for mounting fence boards ect although I am not sure if toilet bolts fit I know that most of the t-bolts wont. I have a 24/12 system available if you might be interested in a used one.
I had that fence a while back (2 years ago) on a craftsman saw and it was not very accurate at all. Well, let me rephrase that, it is as accurate as any of the fences that clamp on the back rail. If you are upgrading look at a Beismier clone or Unifence. Shop Fox makes a couple good inexpansive fence systems.
mine worked ok until i tried to align it--once the screws were loosened I could never get it parallel to the groove. also I could never get the blade and grove be parallel(off about .008 inches)--I bought a mule fence--it worked better--all and all once I learned something about woodwoking, i concluded that craftman stuff is generally junk. From what I learned I bought a PM 66 with an excalibur sliding table--expensive but at thje end of the day it is cheap--happy new year ti all
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