Well being a budding wood worker, I really needed to upgrade my tablesaw. My old saw was a benchtop Ryobi my brother gave me when he left state. Plastic base, aluminum top, the thing was a nightware to use. I often used my old skillsaw to cut sheet goods rather then bust this thing out. I made a crosscut sled and it helped, but having to bolt it down on sawhorses each time, and next to zero top still ment cutting sheet goods was not a good option.
Couple that with me being naive and buying a nice dado set to try some bookshelves, only to find out the arbor wasn’t near long enough for that, I was in the market for a new saw.
A coworker was getting ready to leave state, and had an old belt driven craftsman table saw from her dad, that they didn’t want to move. So I bought it.
Getting it home, was in good shape, model 113.299110, top was flat, wings in good shape. The fence wasn’t the most precise, belt needed to be replaced, and blade needed to be trued to the table. After some cleaning, oil, and a new blade, it is cutting true with no burn marks.
The original power switch was bypassed with two lightswitches mounted as a three way on each wing, kind of nice in theory, but limits being able to attach tables, and I am a little worried about snagging one of the switches walking by them, so they are going to go. It was also on non-locking casters, which made it a little unstable, and also raised it above my normal work height (orignal owner was quite tall) so they were removed.
Overall I am happy, it is a step up from what I had, gives me a project to work on, and can take a stacked dado set. From reading the forums, I will probably be replacing the fence with Delta-T2, and I think a new crosscut sled is in order.