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Old Craftsman Scroll saw, # 103-0404 or 103-0403

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Blog entry by Bob42 posted 2372 days ago 10429 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up at a yard sale a Craftsman 24” scroll saw, model #103-0404. It is the same as a 103-0403. Does anyone have a manual for this? I tried OWWM but it’s not there. The machine works great but it would be nice to have the manual. Did I mention I only paid $25.00.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY



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GaryK

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#1 posted 2372 days ago

Not bad for $25!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Blake

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#2 posted 2371 days ago

We’ve got the same one in our used tool store. Sorry, no literature came in with it. But here’s something you might find interesting: It came in with hundreds of home-made blades cut from old bandsaws blades. Since the blade just clamps in at top and bottom, any flat blade will work. So from one cheap bandsaw blade you’ve got several scroll saw blades.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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woodwrkr4u

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#3 posted 2356 days ago

Hi Bob,
I have the 103.0403 manual which I can scan and E mail to you if you are interested. My dad bought this in 1936 for $7.95 from Sears and I am still using it. We will probably have to do some computer restoration as it is faded. Hope this helps.

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hoosierwdwrkr

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#4 posted 2283 days ago

I recently rescued a 103.0403 from a basement in Chicago, IL
It belonged to my wife’s grandfather. I am restoring it to use in my workshop and could also use a copy of the manual. If anyone knows where I can locate a replacement dust boot or what type of oil to use in the sump, please respond.

-- Jim, Crown Point, Indiana

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Bob42

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#5 posted 2267 days ago

Jim,
I have a copy of the manual that woodwrkr4u emailed me. go to my profile and send me your email address so I can send it. The oil for the sump is 40 wt. motor oil. That’s what the book said.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#6 posted 870 days ago

I bought a 103.0403 scroll saw yesterday from the son of a farmer in Nebraska who said his father had kept it under an oil cloth when not in use. Paint looks mint but the motor had to be rewired due to age. It was easy to set up and cut a few things already but without a manual I had to stop often and adjust things as I discovered new tweeks needed to get it cutting just right. I’d love to get a manual and find out where I can get a replacement square shaft for the upper part where the blade is held. That farmer’s son had put in the set screw below the hole in the shaft so now only one side holds right Would also love to find out how to put a light on it so I don’t have to hang a flashlight from a wire above it and to find out which type of belt should be used since what it has isn’t able to be set to go slow speeds.

—- Doug K. South of Omaha, Ne

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Bob42

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#7 posted 870 days ago

DougBear,
If you send me a private message with your email address I can email you the manual. Parts are hard to come by. The link belts work well. You should have multi-step pully’s to adjust your speeds.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#8 posted 468 days ago

Greetings,
I’m new here and can’t message people yet. I to just picked up one of these and would like the manual.
If someone can send me it that would be great.
Bill

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