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1950s Craftsman "100" Refurb

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Project by BTay posted 04-15-2013 08:07 AM 2578 views 6 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After gasping at the quality/price ratio of out of the box TS, I decided to go vintage. I found this lovely machine on CL, and worked a bit of magic. She cleaned up nicely (after a LOT of elbow grease), and after a complete electrical overhaul and a thorough motor cleaning, she is purring sweet. These pics were taken before I re-installed the motor, here in the Pacific Northwest I had to grab some pics while the sun was out!

Thanks for looking!





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stefang

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 09:30 AM

To say I am amazed at the transformation would be an understatement. Fantastic work! It would be interesting to know what you had to do to get such outstanding results.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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bluekingfisher

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 09:58 AM

Great refurb job, good to see someone take pride in their work. By the look of it, it will see another 50 odd years of service.

Well done

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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don38

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 10:06 AM

wow thats amazing

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 04-15-2013 10:41 AM

Wow. You’d be hard-pressed to say that was even the same saw!
Excellent job

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redryder

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#5 posted 04-15-2013 11:06 AM

Some of the old iron definitely has a cool look to it.
You made this old lady look “smokin’” hot….......................

-- mike...............

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Boatman53

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#6 posted 04-15-2013 11:42 AM

Those are great saws. I have one in my shop at the house. Runs like a champ. The fence can be a little finicky but if you make sure the front is square before you lock it down it’s fine. Good job.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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jimmyb

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#7 posted 04-15-2013 11:47 AM

WOW what a difference

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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exterminate

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#8 posted 04-15-2013 11:58 AM

Looks like somthing you’d see done on American Restoration. Beautiful job!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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ElmoSr

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#9 posted 04-15-2013 12:31 PM

this is incredible thanks for sharing

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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RichCMD

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 12:42 PM

Beautiful job. Looks like something you just bought new. I’m sure you will get an extra measure of happiness every time you use it.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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garbonsai

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#11 posted 04-15-2013 01:01 PM

Beautiful work.

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waho6o9

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#12 posted 04-15-2013 01:06 PM

That doesn’t even look like the same saw.
I think you’re a magician.

Most excellent work.

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eztrigger

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#13 posted 04-15-2013 01:14 PM

the finished product looks like you just got back from the store in 1950… well done.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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hotbyte

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#14 posted 04-15-2013 01:21 PM

Agree with exterminate. Very nice!

Want to come work on my 80’s model 113 :)

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milehigh

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#15 posted 04-15-2013 02:06 PM

We have the same vintage for our shop saw. First thing i did was change the arbor bearings. The way the motor mounts on our saw, all the weight of the motor hangs on the arbor via the belt and can skew the blade if the bearings have any play.
Nice rebuid. Sweet looking.

Paul

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