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Blog entry by denverdan posted 05-06-2016 03:56 AM 973 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tell you what I enjoy fixing these old machines.

I’m fixing up an old Craftsman tablesaw 113.299040. I bought it for $20 on craigslist. And predictably when I pulled up it looked like a pile of junk.

A heavy, rusted, junk pile in deary Craftsman grey caked with decadea of saw dust.

I have a newer craftsman. But it has an aluminum top, universal motor, too light etc.

Really I couldn’t resist $20 price tag.

Took a close look at it when I got it home. I discovered the arbor pulley was nearly falling off and the motor pulley was put in backwards. The combo resulted in the belt rubbing against the table saw frame.

To fix the arbor pulley, I had to take the top off and pull everything out. WD40 and a mallet fixed it.

The motor pulley was harder to fix. I ended up bending the pulley. A quick trip to Sears parts store for a new pulley and HF for the link belt solved that problem. Bearings seemed good.

And a test dry run the saw seemed to work.

I cleaned off the top with sandpaper, cleaner, elbow grease and wd40. Made a big difference.

I’m going to take it apart again once I know everything’s working. Maybe a nice red.

Anyhow thanks for reading.



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htl

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#1 posted 05-06-2016 11:11 AM

I’ve had a couple of these over the years and even ran a cabinet shop with one back in the 1980s.
Don’t know how far along you are but if your going to use the fence that came with it and it used the what was it 1 1/2 angle iron fence rails go to the hard ware store and get some longer angle iron and you can have any length of reach for cutting ply wood and the like you need.
All it takes is drilling some holes in the angle and adding some leg supports for the table and your all set.
When I had the shop all I cut was full sheets of ply through it and with a 54” reach on the fence any thing I needed could be cut.
Jut my $.02

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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denverdan

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#2 posted 05-06-2016 12:20 PM

Great idea! Thanks!

The fence that came with it seems to work pretty well. Altho, a lot of people said they hate it online.

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htl

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#3 posted 05-06-2016 01:21 PM

Yes you need to go out and buy a $150- $300 fence for your $20 saw.. LOL
Not the best fence but measure twice and cut, just live with what you pay for.
I love my $300 Dewalt saw’s fence but I lived with the sears saw for years and got what I needed do, so a win in my book.
Here’a an idea uses it and when it pays for itself and make you some money sell it for $75 and buy a better one.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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kenthemadcarpenter

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#4 posted 05-06-2016 01:32 PM

The older craftsman table saws are great saws, I love mine. She was in pretty rough shape when i first got her, but it had been passed around my girlfriends step fathers family. Quite frankly they didn’t take good care of her. This was originally her step fathers grandfathers saw he bought new back in the late 60’s/70’s. With a little bit of elbow grease and. some adjustments best table saw i have ever used. If i had room in my shop i would find another one just to have it.

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kenthemadcarpenter

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#5 posted 05-06-2016 01:34 PM

The older craftsman table saws are great saw, I love mine. She was in pretty rough shape when i first got her, but it had been passed around my girlfriends step fathers family. Quite frankly they didn’t take good care of her. This was originally her step fathers grandfathers saw he bought new back in the late 60’s/70’s. With a little bit of elbow grease and. some adjustments best table saw i have ever used. If i jad room in my shop i would find another one just to have it.

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kenthemadcarpenter

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#6 posted 05-06-2016 01:35 PM



The older craftsman table saws are great saw, I love mine. She was in pretty rough shape when i first got her, but it had been passed around my girlfriends step fathers family. Quite frankly they didn t take good care of her. This was originally her step fathers grandfathers saw he bought new back in the late 60 s/70 s. With a little bit of elbow grease and. some adjustments best table saw i have ever used. If i jad room in my shop i would find another one just to have it.

- kenthemadcarpenter


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Don Broussard

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#7 posted 05-06-2016 02:26 PM

As htl wrote, investing in a better fence is a good idea. I actually got a Delta T2 fence for just under $200 for my free-to-me 113 saw. I got that saw almost 4 years ago, and she’s still a hard worker.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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tomd

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#8 posted 05-07-2016 04:50 AM

I purchased mine new in 1982, since then I added a T2 fence and upped it to a 2 HP motor. Great saw and by the way in ‘82 it cost $125.

-- Tom D

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Matthew

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#9 posted 11-28-2016 08:46 PM

I’ve got a similar model tablesaw. I’m having trouble adjusting the bevel angle. When I get to about 25° it starts to get really difficult and when I get up to about 30 to 35° I can’t go any further. I’ve cleaned out everything I know how to clean out and I can’t seem to make this problem go away. Any ideas? And before you ask, yes, I have loosened the bevel lock.

-- Matthew- peripheral visionary

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denverdan

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#10 posted 12-02-2016 10:00 AM

Matthew-

Good question. No quick answer. Try looking to see what happens to the blade tilt mechanism as it tilts. Is anything bent, misaglined, or impeding the tilt travel. I’d probably focus less on sawdust as the culprit and more on the proper movement is impeded somehow.

Oh and doublecheck, use a separate angle finder to read the actual blade tilt. Don’t trust the saw’s angle indicator. Those things sometimes get bent.

Cheers
Dan

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