|Forum topic by NICKinCT||posted 01-12-2017 12:55 AM||282 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-12-2017 12:55 AM
I have been reading the forums for some time, but new to posting. It’s good to see a helpful community here. I just moved to a new house / new shop space and am taking the opportunity to fix some things that I have been neglecting. To get to the point, I am trying to quiet down my Craftsman 113 and make a couple other changes. I thought about buying a new table saw, but figured putting a $80 into this saw was much better than 550 or more on a new one.
First, I’ve known for a long time that the pulley on the arbor has had a nasty wobble to it and I think that is where most of my noise/vibration is coming from. To be clear, there is no abnormal run out at the blade. After doing some research I bought the In-Line Industries pulley and link belt kit. When taking the old pulley off I noticed right away that the arbor shaft is damaged. Right where the pulley sits looks like it has worn away, for lack of a better term. I slid the new pulley on just to see how it fits and tightened the set screw. Although it spins more true than the old one I know it is not seated properly. Searching the forums I see all kinds of threads about arbor bearings and truing the face that the blade sits against, but not much clear info about replacement arbors. Where can I find one for less than the $100+ from Sears Parts Direct? I saw a thread about a Rigid arbor shaft fitting these saws, but that thread turned into a back and forth about rebuilding motors.
Second item is the hand wheels for the blade height and bevel. One of the wheels is fine, but the other is toast. I’ve been adjusting it with vice grips for some time now. After doing some research again I bought a 6 inch Ryobi wheel that everyone says fits fine. It slides on great about halfway, but does not seat completely. Upon further inspection it looks like there is a step about halfway down the receiving ‘socket’ in the hand wheel. To be honest, it works fine, but I’d like to get it right. Does anyone have experience with this? I was considering using a small Dremel to grind the away the small step.
Last item is about the motor. I always use ear protection and the noise from the wobble drowns it out, but I was running the motor without the belt hooked up and it is much louder than I thought it would be. When spinning the motor by hand it was much less smooth than I assumed it would be. It would spin only one or two revolutions when I spun it by hand. Is this normal? I’ve been using this motor for 3 years and who knows how long it was used before that so I assume thats normal.
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. If I can fix that arbor shaft for a decent price I will, but it may be easier to just buy a another 113 on Craigslist and use the new pulleys and belt.