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redesigningwood

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04-26-2017 12:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw sled jig cross cut craftsman used

I finally found a really good deal on a full size(ish) table saw i found on craigslist. Its a craftsman 113.298842, I have no idea how old it is (s# 91065p0304) and all attempts to figure that out so far have failed, BUT it has all the items I was looking for that I hated about my old entry level ryobi, (larger capacity, normal miter slots so I can make jigs/sleds, a more powerful motor, normal plates so I can made zero clearance/dado inserts)

I bought this for 40$!!! The knobs were missing for table saw height and angle, I initially installed bolts but then made handles for it. The only other thing I did was clean and then wax the top, miter slots and fence. I am so happy with this purchase and super excited to not have to fight with the crappy lightweight ryobi anymore!!!

Any items of note I should look out for with this saw?

-- Mat


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#1 posted 04-26-2017 12:50 PM

You did great for $40. The fence is the weakest point of that saw. Maybe in the future you will upgrade that. It would not be difficult to do. I would make sure the current fence is parallel to the blade. I’m sure you know to disregard where it says 3 HP. That should be a 1 1/2 horse motor.

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#2 posted 04-26-2017 01:02 PM



You did great for $40. The fence is the weakest point of that saw. Maybe in the future you will upgrade that. It would not be difficult to do. I would make sure the current fence is parallel to the blade. I m sure you know to disregard where it says 3 HP. That should be a 1 1/2 horse motor.

- firefighterontheside

Yea the fence seems pretty finicky, and I did read that the table saw definitely doesn’t have the 3HP, but it DEFINITELY has more power then my little ryobi did. The fence has a sacrificial board attached to it and even with that it seems to be cutting square (enough for me).

-- Mat

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#3 posted 04-26-2017 02:16 PM

Great deal at $40. It’s pre-1997 by a fair number of years, but can’t say for sure. 80s, early 90s? It was likely their top of the line of that era. Should say 1.5hp on the motor plate. At the price you paid, I’d consider getting a Delta T3 for ~ $200, or possibly the Sears Exacti-rip/Aligna-rip fences for ~ $120. Get it aligned, and put a decent blade on it. Congrats!

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 05:00 PM

U got a really good deal. I have the same saw. Like everyone says the fence is the weak point. Personally Im fine with he fence it just requires me to “tweak” it a little before each cut. Its all in what you wanna spend… for $40 though you should have a little extra to spend on a upgrade (Fence upgrade, router table insert, out feed table, link belt….) Some folks really turn them into smooth machines

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#6 posted 04-26-2017 06:34 PM

I have no idea how old it is (s# 91065p0304) and all attempts to figure that out so far have failed,

Based on the serial number and the date the manual was printed, my vote is 1995.

Cheers,
Brad

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#7 posted 04-27-2017 12:02 AM

I can’t get within 3 feet of one of those saws without pinching my fingers in the extension tables’ grid work when I start playing with the fence or miter gauge.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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