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justinwdemoss

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1346 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman table saw 11329940 motor link belt fence fence system

My neighbor, who knew that I was into woodworking called this weekend to tell me that another neighbor had sold her house and downsized after her husband had passed away. This second neighbor wanted to know if I was interested in his old table saw. When I went to check it out, expecting a small bench model with direct drive, I found a Craftsmans 113.29940 is really good shape.

I have a Craftsman jobsite professional saw that was chosen due to portability and compact size given my space requirements (One bay of a two car garage.).

The new-to-me-saw is in solid condition and cost me only a gift card to a local restaurant (She wanted to give it to me to have it hauled out, but I just couldn’t take it so this was the compromise.) Does anyone have this saw or know anything about it. I appears to be a great low-cost upgrade from my old saw. The old job-site saw that I have been using has all Craftsman proprietary parts and is basically not upgradable with standard add-ons. (Even the miter slots are non-standard size.)

It will need a new power chord, replacement power switch to make it more child/idiot proof ( As my children also use the garage to store their things. Additionally, I have to take a tiny bit of light surface rust off the cast iron table, but no pitting.

It has an older belt for the motor and I am going to replace it with a link belt.

The motor is 1 hp and original. Does anyone have any thoughts about replacing the motor for more power? I have a spare 1 1/4 hp motor from a lathe.

I am most excited about the idea of putting an after-market fence system on the saw to really rev it up. Any thoughts as this is still a budget job (I want to stay married and telling my wife that I spent $500 for a fence on a $25 saw will not go over well.) And adding an outfeed table to the back side of the saw.

Additionally, anyone in the Cincinnati area that is looking for a jobsite saw, I have a great one that will go on craigslist when I finish prepping the new toy.

Please let me know about your thoughts. I don’t want to start dumping money into a saw that someone with experience says it is garbage, but I also know that I will likely not be in a position to by a cabinet saw for a long time, if ever. Hey I made it 6 or 7 years with the jobsite saw just fine.

Thanks for the help in advance.

Justin in Loveland, OH

-- Justin in Loveland, OH


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brianinpa

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#1 posted 1346 days ago

If your saw has the same 1 hp motor that my saw (113.29991) has, you might find that it is powerful enough. Several years ago when I was looking to upgrade my fence, I started looking at the big Blue Box Store. They do carry one that isn’t too expensive but I started looking at making my own. There are some home made aluminum fences listed on this site. I made one following the guide in the book titled: Shop-Tested Woodworking Tools You Can Make. For me it had the right price: just used scraps I had in the shop. Several years later and it still works fine.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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knotscott

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#2 posted 1346 days ago

That could make for a pretty nice saw….it’s very similar to the Emerson made Ridgid contractor saws.

As much as I like the Biesemeyer fence, I don’t think this saw merits the regular price on one though. The Delta T2 is a decent aftermarket fence that’s available for $156.50 shipped from Tools-Plus, and is a logical choice IMHO. You might be able to sell the stock fence for $25 or $30 on Ebay to offset costs. Add a decent blade like a Freud Diablo or Infinity Combomax Lite, align it, and you’re in business.

You may find you don’t need more power, but time will tell.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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brianinpa

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#3 posted 1345 days ago

Just so you know, the 113 model number signifies that it was made by Emerson.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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IrreverentJack

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#4 posted 1345 days ago

Hi Justin, I was in the same boat with my $50 Craftsman. I bought a link belt and machined pulleys, and this switch (Grizzly customer service helped me with the box and a mounting plate for it). It moves well on this base. Use a thin kerf blade and keep the stock motor. My plan was to use this fence (but fortune smiled on me and I found an Incra LS/Delta Contractor saw on CL with so much extra treasure and hardwood that I am uncomfortable gloating).

As you see the cost of a $25 or $50 saw adds up quickly. To make the Craftsman into a saw worth having you will need to align it. A properly aligned saw is SAFER, more efficient, and makes smoother cuts. Matthias Wandel’s site has very good info on saw alignment . Ed Bennett's table saw alignment site is well worth the effort to register and log in. I used PALS and a TS Aligner Jr to align it.

Tuning my Craftsman I learned a lot about table saws and to appreciate the much closer tolerances of my Delta.

-Jack

#5 posted 1345 days ago

I’m doing a blog on restoring an old saw from the 113. family. Gotta go do some alignment work and hopefully I’ll be updating tonight.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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justinwdemoss

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#6 posted 1344 days ago

Jack,

when you ordered the switch, how did you fit the switch into the small front opening on the saw? That switch says that it is rated for a 2 hp motor. Does your saw have to 2hps or is the switch ok for my 1 hp motor?

Second, when you ordered the pulleys and belt, did you order the Sears/Craftsman one (the first one on the page) or did you have to measure your arbor as the site suggests?

Thanks
Justin

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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justinwdemoss

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#7 posted 1344 days ago

KTMM,

I will follow your blog. Your saw is older than mine, but I have already learned a great deal from you project. Thanks and keep going, it is a great old saw that is getting awesome new life.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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justinwdemoss

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#8 posted 1344 days ago

All of you guys that threw your two cents in, I am going to go for it and rework the saw. I will try and post some pics later today/night.

Justin

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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IrreverentJack

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#9 posted 1343 days ago

Justin,

Your saw is a bit different from my contractor saw. The design is similar but the contractor saw has table extensions and maybe a larger table. The switch on my saw mounts under the front rail. The rating would be up to a 2hp motor (with 110v or 220v). I don’t know if you could upgrade your switch without modifying the case unless you abandoned the stock switch and went with one mounted externally.

It is always better to measure, so you know you are getting the right parts. The manual says both pulleys are 2 1/2”x5/8”, but I would check . -Jack

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justinwdemoss

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#10 posted 1343 days ago

Jack,

The saw is listed as a “bench saw”, but it really is a contractor saw. It has two cast iron table extension and the sears after-market moble base. For its time, it was fairly reved up. I will try to get some pictures up tonight. My wife took some last night, but I got caught up in removing the small amount of rust from the table and the grime from a couple of decades of garage life. Once I get the pictures up, I would like to hear your thoughts on the switch. I will try to include a pic of the front of the saw.

I am thinking of taking the castors off the legs as the legs are the same sheet metal that the saw body is made from and with 4 indepedent castors, they are pulled in different directions. I think that the moble base you mentioned from harbor freight will fix that.

Justin

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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justinwdemoss

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#11 posted 1343 days ago

Here are a couple of pictures of the saw. All I have done to it at this point is use some WD40 and a scotch pad to remove some surface rust.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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rance

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#12 posted 1343 days ago

Thanks for adding pictures. I’d try a couple of other less expensive options before changing motors. As stated, a thin kerf blade could STILL come in handy even if you switch motors later. Just for grins, trying a 7 1/4” blade can also be advantageous at times. Lastly, consider keeping your old saw with a permanently installed dado blade or always set to 45 degrees. When you’re all done, I’m sure a nice box would be well received by the widow but I’m sure you already have something planned. Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Roger

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#13 posted 1342 days ago

I’ve got an older Craftsman TS that I bought off of a friend at a good price. His Uncle passed, and he knew I was into woodworkin, so, well, I’ve had it for 6 or 7 years now, and it suits me just fine. I ran into a deal at Lowes on a clearence rack, I bought the last Beisemeyer 30” fence there for 180bux or somewhere there-a-bouts. Took a little drillin, but, it mouted up just fine. The switch on it was a toggle switch that finally crapped, so I replaced it with one of them nice switches fer 30bux on sale. It works fine. Also, enclosed the saw in a table with some outfeed, and my router on the right side. There’s a pic or 2 on my page of my shop. check it out. I’ll buddy up, cuz I’d like to see how ya make out.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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IrreverentJack

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#14 posted 1342 days ago

Justin-Brian-KTMM-KnotScot -

What do you think about this as a cheap upgrade for Craftsman saws?

-Jack

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brianinpa

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#15 posted 1342 days ago

I have been considering a new belt for mine for a while, but the the belt I am using has not slipped once yet. When it does, I plan on getting a belt and pully system similar to that.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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