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Forum topic by NICKinCT posted 01-12-2017 12:55 AM 592 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2017 12:55 AM

Hi everyone,

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.

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#1 posted 01-12-2017 02:27 AM

Fleabay would be a good place to check for that arbor shaft, lots of spare parts for that saw on there…..

While you’re at it, I would definitely plan on replacing the bearings in that arbor…..Ebay, as well.

You’re headed in the right direction in trying to reduce the vibration and noise of that saw. You could also try enclosing the base and improving your dust-collection there. There are probably some examples here, and def in Google images.

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 03:19 AM

Look for another 113 to part out, it don’t have to look pretty.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 05:44 AM

A few years ago I lived closed to a large city in Alberta. Craftsman table saws were selling anywhere from $50 -$150 .
My original saw is a Craftsman and I like it. SO in my wisdom I thought if I bought some of these I would have extra parts.
One of these saws the keyway in pulley on arbor keeps working loose, I get a vibration. I put new key in and it runs smooth.
Buy a complete saw from Craigs, you will have another motor, another arbor, pulleys…Bely you never know, might wanna go new.
This is what I did with the saws I bought. I no longer change blades, I have shaper head in one, dado inother one and rip blade in middle.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 05:53 AM

The pic of saws

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 01-14-2017 03:05 PM

Thanks for the replies guys, its appreciated. There are half a dozen 113s on craigslist in my area at any given time. Looks like I’ll pick one up.

Does anyone have any experience with those Ryobi hand wheels? They have been working great, but I just want to get them seated correctly. Thanks again.

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