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Forum topic by Zac80 posted 05-22-2016 06:29 PM 1180 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2016 06:29 PM

I have an old craftsman table saw model#113.299315
can anyone provide info on possible upgrades for this model that would be cost effective
Thank you

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#1 posted 05-22-2016 06:55 PM

A decent blade is always step one for any saw if you don’t already have a quality blade….the Irwin Marples and Freud Diablo series start just under $30. Good alignment is another basic essential.

If you still have the original Emerson steel fence, an aftermarket fence upgrade will help a lot. The Delta T3 is ~ $194 at Home Depot. You might find a used Ridgid 3650, 3612, 2412, 2424, or Craftsman Xacta-rip or Aligna-rip fence too.

A belt upgrade is cheap and can make a big improvement if you have much vibration. A good rubber cogged v-belt is ~ $10, or you can look to an HF link belt for ~ $25. Check the pulleys while you’re at it, and be sure they’re in good shape and good alignment with each other.

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#2 posted 05-22-2016 07:20 PM

The current fence is the Crasftsman XR-2412 i believe, does the delta come with rails and everything?
As far as the belt adjustment is it normal when you raise the blade for it to tighten up, whenever i turn the saw off it doesnt come to a consistant slow down to stop at the end? The belt looks decent but maybe i need to just replace it and may need to be adjusted correctly

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#3 posted 05-23-2016 05:13 AM

I don’t believe that raising the blade should cause the belt to tighten.

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#4 posted 05-23-2016 09:29 AM

While the T3 is a better fence IMO, there’s nothing wrong with the Crasftsman XR-2412 that merits a $200 expenditure in this case. Both are much better than the Emerson fence I was thinking came with it.

One item I overlooked is a miter gauge upgrade. Incra, Osbourne EB-3, Kreg, etc. You could also add a miter sled.

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#5 posted 05-23-2016 10:57 AM

There are some decent homemade a fence/rail systems out there. Worth a look.
Personally, I couldn’t see investing in a fence worth more than the whole saw.

Other than the fence and a 2HP motor, I don’t think there’s much you can do for it.

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#6 posted 05-23-2016 12:32 PM

I have an old Sears Contractor style 10” table saw too. I made upgrades which have made a big difference.
1. Replaced fence with a Delta (beismeyer style) fence. Had to do some drilling to make the rails fit but well worth the effort.
2. Added PALS (Precision Alignment System) from InLine Industries. Well worth it for about $20. This will let you adjust the blade alignment very precisely. I could never get it quite right with the hammer and block of wood…lol
3. Replaced pulleys with pulleys from InLine Industries.
4. Replaced rubber belt with link type belt.
5. Added grease fittings to blade raising/lowering and tilt mechanisms. Reduces squeaks and really easy to change blade height and tilt.
If there is any play in the blade replace the arbor bearings….just did mine….bearing shop removed/replaced bearings for $40.

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#7 posted 05-23-2016 01:14 PM

I’ll agree with knotscott on pretty much all counts. The fence you have is a good one and will work just fine, so no need to spend money there. Aligning and putting a good blade on are necessary first steps.

Here’s a couple upgrades that are very helpful and inexpensive that have not been mentioned, yet.

  • Reinforce the right side wall of the cabinet. The screw for doing bevel cuts attaches on this side to the sheet metal and there isn’t enough stiffness there to really support the screw when doing a 45 degree bevel. (The sheet metal will flex inward as you adjust the bevel) A piece of 3/4in plywood screwed in several places on the inside or outside will help stiffen it tremendously. Another option instead of plywood is to use a couple piece of angle iron.
  • Add a dust collection box on the bottom. Here’s a pic of the one I did when I had a similar model saw.
    Just pieces of hardboard on three sides, a sloping bottom piece inside (that you can’t see) and a hinged cleanout door with magnets and a hookup for a dust collector or shop vac. Adding this made it a LOT easier to clean up the sawdust. Even without the dust collection hookup, it’ll keep the sawdust in one spot instead of all over the floor. Adding the dust port and using a vacuum of some kind eliminated almost all the dust.

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