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Forum topic by mangorockfish posted 07-09-2017 07:11 PM 455 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mangorockfish

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07-09-2017 07:11 PM

I am “hot rodding” the 113 series 10” Craftsman table saw my dad gave me. I already posted a new blade thread and have decided on the narrow kerf Freud 30 tooth Glue Line. I am restoring an old Biesemeyer fence system for it have a set of Sears casters an am going to order new pulleys and a link belt for it. I read somewhere that it’s a good idea to put larger pulleys and a wider belt on when replacing. I think larger pulleys just meant wider. Is this a good idea and if so what size or should I just replace them with regular sized ones. I just want to replace with machined ones. Thanks


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JAAune

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#1 posted 07-09-2017 07:18 PM

I honestly haven’t seen much difference between my two grizzly saws. One has the link belt and one doesn’t. Perhaps it’s because I use the saw often enough that the conventional belt doesn’t develop a set.

Unless you actually have a problem with your saw, I wouldn’t suggest spending money on new pulleys. Spend some time getting the saw tuned properly and install that new blade and fence and see how it works then.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 07-09-2017 11:19 PM

Greetings,

I have an old ‘85 Crapsman 113 that I’ve never changed pulleys or a belt on yet….it’s still has the original equipment on it from the day I bought it new in ‘85…..I just make sure the set screws that hold the pullys on are tight…..The old saying of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” applies here…..

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knotscott

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#3 posted 07-09-2017 11:40 PM

I would leave the pulley size well enough alone if the motor is original. Go ahead and add the link belt, but I’d only upgrade pulleys if there’s an issue with one.

Regarding the blade, the 30T Freud GLR will leave a smooth cut on the edges, but is really only intended to cut up to 1” thick material, meaning you’ll probably still want a 24T bulk rip blade for thicker ripping. A blade like the 60T LU88 will rip very cleanly in the same range as the 30T, plus will do an admirable job on fine crosscuts and plywood, making it a much more versatile choice. Even though you plan to crosscut with other saws, a good table saw generally has more robust underpinnings than a miter saw, so has better potential for higher accuracy.

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mangorockfish

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#4 posted 07-10-2017 02:43 AM

Thank you Knotscott. I think I’ll follow your advice as I’ve read on here that you are quite knowledgeable about this stuff. One of the pulleys has a bent lip on it so thought that since I was replacing one, I would just do all of the.

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knotscott

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#5 posted 07-10-2017 09:35 AM



Thank you Knotscott. I think I ll follow your advice as I ve read on here that you are quite knowledgeable about this stuff. One of the pulleys has a bent lip on it so thought that since I was replacing one, I would just do all of the.

- mangorockfish

Makes sense.

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