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Craftsman 113 table saw upgrades.... #4: So it begins...

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 04-13-2015 09:29 PM 1382 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Revised list... take 1 and 2 Part 4 of Craftsman 113 table saw upgrades.... series Part 5: Revision galore! »

1. Fence – going with Hutch’s aluminum extrusion fence. Have all of the parts – just need to assemble and drill necessary holes

2. New Blade(s) – combination blade and plywood blade are working superbly well (DONE!)

3. Shark Guard – still working on getting the installation good a year after purchase (with school and graduation thrown in there). I can get it installed, but it doesn’t line up properly with the blade – and has a tendency to fall to one side or the other.

4. PALS / Link Belt – jury’s still out on if I need this – my saw doesn’t seem to be belt driven. Need to take another look.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.



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bandit571

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 12:35 AM

Trust me, a 113 is belt driven. have one in storage right now. Mine even has a dual belt pulley system to it.

Blade guards are a PITA on a 113, biggest reason I left mine off. The splitter never lined up with the blade, and if I changed a blade, I’d have to try again to align it. They have a weird point in the back, that is a single point to mount on. Not the sturdiest wat to attach a guard.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 12:40 AM

Pals makes blade adjustment a lot easier, but never had any problems trying to align my craftsman saw without them. I found a socket with a couple extensions took care of mine pretty handily.

A link belt never hurts but If you don’t have vibration issues I wouldnt worry about it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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rhybeka

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 01:09 PM

Hmmm cool thanks guys :) It must just mean I have to crawl under the saw to get to the belt then since my motor is all enclosed. I have a HF link belt that can go on it right now but no PALS right yet.

@Bandit you aint kidding! I tried for like two hours yesterday with the shark guard and I’m just not getting it to balance. :(

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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dschlic1

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#4 posted 04-15-2015 04:45 PM

Some Craftsman saws will not accept a Shark Guard. Mine is one of them. However I do not have any issues with the stock spreader.

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rhybeka

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#5 posted 04-16-2015 11:23 AM

Well that would really suck since I checked with Lee before I ordered to verify it would fit. I still have the stock guard but it has a few issues that make it more of a danger than a safety to use. I may scavenge it for parts and see if I can mix the two together and get something working or at least point myself in the right direction. I probly just need to take more pics and email Lee for help or lay least give him a heads up. PALs were ordered yesterday so we’ll see how that works out.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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dschlic1

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#6 posted 04-16-2015 05:43 PM

I looked into the PALs, but I found that I could use a ratchet clamp to move the trunions in a precise manner. I was able to get the blade to within 0.002” of the miter slot. Tightening the bolts on the trunions had that much movement.

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rhybeka

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#7 posted 04-16-2015 08:35 PM

Honestly, I don’t even know what a ratchet clamp is DS! There are a few reviews of PALs here on LJ with the Craftsman saws and I don’t think (if memory is correct) any of them were bad. I wish I was a bit more mechanically minded for sure. If they make the adjustment easier, I’m all for it. If they don’t, they’ll go back to Peachtree.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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