Hello all and welcome! I suppose I will start by telling you a little bit about myself. I have dabbled in woodworking since I was a young (12 years old) Midwestern farm boy. My Dad had a couple tools and we would build small projects together. Well, I am now an older (32 years old) Southern city boy and am able to buy my own tools…when the wife says it is okay. Over the years I didn’t really do much with woodworking but I always wanted to do more of it. That is why I promptly turned the one car garage of our home into a wood shop. I knew what the tools were that I needed and had a basic knowledge of each one but I didn’t know what I WANTED from each tool plus I had a very limited budget. Basically I went around and bought the cheapest tool that I could find. Sometimes this was okay but mostly I learned real quickly what I would be looking at when I was able to upgrade but in the mean time I had to figure out how to make what I had work. For my first table saw I ended up buying a craftsman benchtop/contractor saw that happened to be on sale. Now this was not a bad saw and in fact it has done very well for what it is but there are a few things that I just can no longer deal with and it is on its way out the door. I did a little write up a couple years ago http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30596. With that in mind I set out to find a different table saw. I began researching saws and seeing what I could afford and what would fit in my garage with out consuming the entire space. I quickly found that I really couldn’t spare the cash for a brand new saw. I began researching older table saws and decided that I really wanted an old Craftsman table saw. I liked how sturdy they were and how that you can still find them for pretty cheap in very good condition. I started hitting Craigslist with an open mind realizing that I may find other good deals. Well, after months of searching and quite a few phone calls and emails I came across an ad that amazed me. Of course I was out of the country for work and fully expected the saw to be sold by the time I got back home. When I got home I sent off an email thinking “What the heck, why not.” The lady that was selling it responded right away and I hustled the kids into the truck and headed out. The ad was listed as an old Sears table saw for $60, from the pictures that were posted in looked to be in really good shape. When I got there I gave it a once over and turned it on. It ran but it needed a new belt and some adjustments. The lady told me it had been her fathers and they were trying to make room in their garage for a ping pong table. She also told me that she had just used it to build a pergola. I gladly paid her the $60 and loaded it in the back of the truck. When I got it home I started a little more in depth inspection and took some pictures. It is a model 113.298240.
The saw as it was when I got it home and off my truck. You can see my current table saw in the background amongst all the junk in my shop/garage.
A quick shot of the front handle. Looks pretty clean here.
Tilt handle, little dirty on this side but the handle is in one piece.
Back with the motor and belt. There is a belt guard that came with it but is pretty jacked up. Thinking of making a piece to cover the big hole up here for a possible dust collection port later on. I saw somewhere on the internet where someone did this or similar…will have to look that up.
The top that is pretty clean but is going to get some good buffing. Think the consensus was scotch brite pads and mineral oil.
Looking down at the arbor which seems to be nice and tight. No replacing this yet…yet.
A look at the whole mechanism. The plan is to pull this all out and apart to clean and apply some lube. I like the idea that I saw about using wax and graphite powder.
This belt needs to be replaced. The previous owners had locked down the guide bolt which meant that as you raise and lower the blade the motor did not follow.
Found out that this pulley that was attached to the motor’s shaft did not have a set screw or a key to hold it in place. And a better look at how ragged the belt is. Can’t wait for the link belt to replace this one. I think I will keep these pulleys as they are in good shape just need to put a set screw and key in.
And of course the most useless rip fence. Haven’t decided how I am going to replace this yet. Tossing around ideas of purchasing and/or building one.
Well, lots of work ahead and I don’t always have all the time to get things worked on. A wife, three kids and two jobs (one that makes me travel quite a bit) doesn’t leave lots of time for work in the shop but I look forward to working on this and the day that I actually get to cut some wood with this saw. Thanks to everyone that takes a look at this and any ideas are welcome, especially in the fence area. Keep in mind I am still on a tight budget. Just glad that I am able to share this with people that can understand the joy of owning a tool like this. Thanks again everyone and have a good day.