my new (old) toy, a craftsman 113.299315 Table saw

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Blog entry by Estley posted 07-19-2010 06:33 PM 11231 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch


So I was looking at tools on craigslist and I found a craftsman saw, from a guy that lived not a mile from my house, and $150 later it’s mine. It’s all stock, my first priority is cleaning it, getting rid of the rust on the top. After that I’m putting in new pulleys/link belt, and eventually a new fence….. Here are the “before” pictures….

Any advice is welcome and appreciated…. also I know several of you have gone thru this process, if there’s something you think I should know, PLEASE let me know, THANKS and I’ll keep posting pictures as I move forward….

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 06:49 PM

Good Find.
Yes, I have 3 saws like this.
1st one I bought was in 1976. (Still use it today, it has 1hp motor) setup in my tiny workshop
2nd one I bought 9 years ago (Was at auction sale and it went CHEAP, $50, it has 1 1/2 hp motor) in my portable trailer.
3rd one I bought was 1 month ago (Again at a sale it went cheap, 1 1/2 hp motor) I want to dedicate this one for dado’ cuts.
Yours appears to have already a different fence, you may not have to change it !

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#2 posted 07-19-2010 08:39 PM

I have the same saw. Used it for over 30 years. Only complaint is my employees have worn it out. Repaired bearings in the motor. Several years ago I purchased a new Delta for my exclusive use. The Sears is only for the employees to use. Still running…and running….and running.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 09:15 PM

I have the same one too. $50 from a buddy who wanted a newer one.

When I got it I could hardly move the blade. I set about cleaning the screws. Apparently, someone thought oil would be a fine lubricant for the old girl… somehow oil and sawdust create a thick goo that inhibits movement…

I used graphite for the lube and it works very well now.

Just got a new Delta T2 fence $150 and am in the process of installing it.

I changed the fan belt to a segmented belt $25, and replaced the pulleys with turned steel $12. It took out a whole lot of vibration.

I also got a Frued 60t thin blade $55.

So, for $292 I have a pretty good saw!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 09:27 PM

is it worth changing the stamped steel extensions for cast iron?

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#5 posted 07-19-2010 09:47 PM

nice find. $150 seem to be the going rate for your model saw. you didn’t overpay. on the stamped steel, I don’t think you could tell the difference. the important thing is to make sure they are dead level with the cast iron, no drooping wings, so to speak. and keep the whole table waxed.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 07-22-2010 08:44 PM

next question…. I was cleaning up the top the other day (pics to come this weekend), and I noticed that the underside of the top is also pretty rusty, what do you guys recommend I do here? am I supposed to take the whole thing off, flip it, brush it etc?

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