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Forum topic by Clarence posted 12-03-2009 11:24 PM 3545 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2009 11:24 PM

Can anyone out there give me any information on a Craftsman scroll saw I bought at a junk store last year. It’s old–Sears Parts no longer supports it in their inventory or records—not even an owners manual.

It’s a heavy sucker—more than 100 pounds. It is variable speed (pulley changes); it has a 14 inch, tiltable, square cast iron table and a 24-inch throat. The body, some 30 to 35 inches long by 8 to 10 inches wide, is thick cast iron. The arm (I guess that’s what you call it) is hollow cast iron, square, that tapers down from a maximum width of about 4 inches. On top of the blade assembly sits a chrome-plated cylinder about an inch and half diameter, five inches high, with a small hose coming out of a cap that sits atop the cylinder. It obviously generates air pressure, presumably to blow away cuttings, but I’m no expert on scroll saws.

The model number, 103.0404, is cast into the bed. It has a “Sears, Roebuck and Co.” metal tag, and a separate “Craftsman” tag.

The saw appears to work well, though I haven’t really used it. Any insight will be appreciated.


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#1 posted 12-03-2009 11:30 PM

I have one that my father-in-law left form me. Works fine. Like you, I don’t have an owner’s manual or parts list.

What are you needing to know?

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 12:12 AM

It was built by the Central Specialty Division of King Seeley.

IIRC that model is a constant tension, theres springs connecting the top and the bottom so that the blade is always drawn in equal tension. would have a manual for it.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 12-05-2009 12:13 AM

The King-Seely stuff was usually well made.
Clean and lube the pivot for the arm, buff the table, get some good blades, and start scrollin’.


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#4 posted 12-05-2009 12:41 AM

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#5 posted 02-01-2015 03:25 AM

I have the same saw that I just picked up today for $30. It needs rewired. Im assuming its 120V? Is it variable speed with the different pulleys? Any info would be appreciated. I really like it already and havent cut a thing with it!!

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#6 posted 02-01-2015 01:06 PM

I had one for a while, and got rid of it somewhere along the line. But i still have a pdf file of the manual. If you want a copy PM me an e mail address and I’ll send it. Petey, if that saw has a plug on it, I’d look at it to see what voltage (or the motor plate). The OEM motor was 120V, but tools this old get changed quite a bit over the years. That said, they have a fairly small motor, so it’s a safe bet (but no guarantee) it’s 120V.

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#7 posted 02-01-2015 02:52 PM

I have one it works well. The issue I have is it only will work with big blades.

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#8 posted 02-01-2015 03:25 PM

Thanks for the info guys!! I cant read the plate but its an old and looks original so im betting its 120.

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#9 posted 02-01-2015 03:29 PM

Fred once I get my 5 posts so I am able to send you a pm I will. I would appreciate the pdf manual!

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#10 posted 02-01-2015 03:31 PM

Im going to see if I can get it in restored condition before I get my new woodshop built. Any suggestions on a good cleaner to use on the iron?

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#11 posted 02-01-2015 03:32 PM

Medicken thanks fir the site address!

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