cannot remove handwheel on my craftsman table saw 113.29991

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02-03-2016 02:58 PM

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Hi All,
Long time lurker, first time poster. Usually, I can find the answers I’m looking for by searching, but I can’t seem to find a solution to my problem.

I’m rebuilding my craftsman 113.29991 tablesaw and I’ve run into a problem: I can’t get the handwheel off of the blade angle adjustment shaft. I removed the Allen set screw and circlip, but now the handle spins freely and is still not budging off the shaft. I remove the handwheel off the blade height adjuster by just removing the set screw. What am I missing??

Thanks in advance for your help!

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 03:05 PM

According to this picture should also have a key.
It seems to me that you just need to tap the handle from behind and it should come out

-- Bert

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 03:44 PM

Sometimes there are 2 set screws stacked on each other…

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 04:17 PM

Thanks for the replies,

Sometimes there are 2 set screws stacked on each other…
I can see the shaft so there’s not another set screw underneath the one that I took out

According to this picture should also have a key.
I was looking at this picture last night and the part list and I couldn’t figure it out. What is this key you’re referring too? Is it on the shaft like a key on an electric motor shaft?

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#4 posted 02-03-2016 04:27 PM

Sorry I blew up the picture which is not very good to start with and there is not key.
The hand-wheel should come right out.
Did you try to tap it from behind.
Do you happen to have a puller you could use?
The only explanation I can find why it would not come out is that you might have burr.
If you cannot tap it out, try to tap it in first to brake any burr and thentry to pull it out again

-- Bert

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 07:52 PM

If the handwheel is spinning freely and you are sure the set screw is removed, then it’s just hung up on a burr – probably made from the set screw. Try spinning and pulling at the same time. It should come off.


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#6 posted 02-03-2016 08:11 PM

MrUnix is most likely correct. A burr can form when a set screw is tightened. Try pulling the wheel as you spin it. If a burr is there, the wheel will grab and you should be able to work the burr down enough to remove the wheel. You may have to tap the wheel back on and repeat to remove the burr .

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#7 posted 02-03-2016 10:59 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’ll work on it tonight and let you know how it goes.

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#8 posted 02-05-2016 03:45 AM

Found this from searching. I have a model 113.22411 and this is exactly what happened. There were burrs on both hand wheels. Thanks guys!

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#9 posted 02-27-2016 05:11 AM

I had the same problem with my Craftsman 113.29992 table saw’s handwheels. After removing the set screws the handwheels would spin but wouldn’t come off. I tried pulling, yanking, pulling while twisting, tapping with a mallet, lightly prying, etc. Nothing worked, they just spun. I looked all over the net for some easy trick or secret that would work. Good old fashioned elbow grease and patience was all that worked. They were TOUGH to get off… They were hung up on burrs/grooves worn into the tilt and lift screw shafts after years and years of use.

Here’s how it went. I had to take the saw apart and twist and pull out the lift screw (with handwheel attached) from the main arbor assembly. Then I had to hold the lift screw in one hand and beat down on the back of the handwheel with a rubber mallet for what seemed like an hour. Looking into the set screw hole as I went along and would see long metal shavings which I pulled out with a small screwdriver. Little by little and it finally came off.

The handwheel on the tilt screw was much tougher since I had to get it off while it was still attached to the side of the case; there was no way to get the tilt screw out without removing the handwheel. I had to unbolt the arbor assembly from the table top so that it could move freely. Then I had to back out the tilt screw and remove it from the arbor assembly, actually I just pushed the arbor assembly forward as I unscrewed to get it off the tilt screw. Then I pulled the arbor assembly out so I could have more room to work. I had to take a big, long flat head screwdriver and go at the back edge of the handwheel hole from the inside of the case. Had to stick the screwdriver through the little tilt-screw hole so that it rested against the handwheel’s set screw ridge on the back of the handwheel. Then I took the rubber mallet and had to hit and bang on the screwdriver pretty hard for about a half hour. There wasn’t much room (about an 1/8”) between the handwheel and the shaft’s aluminum bushing to work with but if I angled the screwdriver down enough while holding the tilt screw in the same hand, I could catch the edge of the handwheel hole shaft… Smacked it sharply about 10 times, turned it a little, and on and on and kept at it. Finally it too came off. It gouged up the back of the shaft hole on the handwheel some but there was no way around it. I took a metal file to it afterwards and smoothed the rough edges down.

It’ll take you 3 or 4 hours but be patient and methodical, they do come off.

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#10 posted 02-28-2016 06:09 PM

Thanks for the responses. Since the handwheel was in good shape I left it on and removed the stop on the shaft to take the arbor out. I’ll upload pics of the finished product when I done. Almost there!

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#11 posted 01-16-2018 02:21 PM

Long time lurker as well and I’m in the process of refurbing this exact saw. I got one of the handles off without much issue put the tilt handle is really being a pain. At least now I know for sure that it’s hung up on a burr and I’m not missing a key holding it in. Love this site!

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