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Forum topic by mjzraz posted 02-26-2011 11:33 AM 4432 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2011 11:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw sears

It’s a craftsman 315.228590 10” 110V
$250 including:
Mobile Base
8” Dado stack (not sure if it’s just something you bolt on or how to adjust)
crosscut jig
Blade Arbor 5/8 in.
Blade Diameter 10 in.
Blade Tilt 0° – 45 °
Table Size with table extensions 53-1/2 in. x 27 in.
Rating 120 / 240 V, 60 Hz – AC only
Input 13/6.5 Amperes
No Load Speed 3,600 RPM
Cutting Capacity with Miter at 0”/Bevel 0”: 3-3/8 in.
Cutting Capacity with Miter at 0”/Bevel 45=: 2-!/4 in.

He also gave me some blanks for zero clearance inserts. the only think I don’t have is a table insert for the dado blade. Do I need one?

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 06:30 PM

It’s similar to my Craftsman. I’ve had mine for about 10 yrs and paid $500 back then. Only diff is mine has a router opening on the left ext. table. Looks like he forgot the miter gauge, but probably no big deal. I hardly use mine and if you watch the sales you can pick one up if you need it. You will need to take one of those blank inserts and use it with the dado set. There’s tons of articles on the web on how to do that.

I love my saw, no problem until just lately when the fence scale needed some adjusting. I just double check with a tape from time to time. I’m sure there are many better saws out there, but for the price, this one is just fine.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 07:12 PM

Looks okay. Around here, you probably would have paid closer to $200.

You don’t seem to have the blade guard and splitter. This is not good. Yes, I know the guard is a PITA, but it really does make the saw safer. You really need a splitter. One possible solution is a Shark Guard. If you do nothing else, get a microsplitter and mount it in a ZCF.

You probably want to replace the miter gauge. Some of the Craftsman TSs have a non standard miter guage slot, dunno if this one is one of those. A good miter gauge is really handy.

You probably will get a lot out of replacing the belt with a link belt. HF has it cheap, and it’s a good quality belt.

Mostly, what you need to do is align it. Lots of info around on how to do that. It’s really the thing that would make this into a good tool. You want to make sure the arbor has no runnout and the miter slot is parallel to the blade and the fence. All you need for this is a dial indicator (the HF one is okay, there are much better ones available) and a shop made jig. Another nifty tool for this is a “DRO” mount for a caliper. Decent calipers are $20, and useful for lots of things. The DRO miter gauge mount allows you to use the caliper to align the fence and the blade to the miter slot.

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 07:22 PM

One more thing. The stock blade insert that you have in the pictures is not a ZCI. You want a ZERO clearance insert. A ZCI is mated to a particular blade. You didn’t mention blades, but the stock blade is garbage. You want a good carbide tipped blade. Lots of opinions on this. Probably start with a decent quality combo blade. You put the ZCI blank in the saw with the blade all the way down. Rig something up to hold the edges of the ZCI blank down (the fence can work for one side, a board clamped to the table will do for the other. Turn the saw on, and run up the blade through the ZCI. THAT’S how you get zero clearance. Creating a ZCI for a dado stack is a pretty meaningless thing. You could create a ZCI for a particular width of dado (one arrangement of the stack).

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 09:07 PM

I think you have a very good saw there. I have had my first Craftsman table saw since 1976 !!! I still use it today, changed a belt once, a pulley once, and made table extensions and router table for it. My motor is only a 1hp, since I mostly cut sheet goods it has plenty of power. You probably only paid for the motor (Price a new motor these days).
Best of luck with your new (old ) saw.

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 10:22 PM

I think you did very well. The “315” prefix in the model #, indicates that it was made by TTI/Ryobi, who also made the Ridgid TS3650 and TS3660…very similar saws, and it even has a very similar fence. Get it aligned well and put a good blade on it. Enjoy!

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

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#6 posted 02-28-2011 12:22 AM

Thanks for all the feedback – lots to think about to get this ready for use. I had no idea about the splitter and guards. I saw a video of a kickback throwing a board across the room.

Should I look to order the guard and kickback that should be with the saw or look for something universal?

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#7 posted 03-01-2011 04:31 AM

I have the Ridgid TS3650 which is very similar. I started off with a set of MJ Splitters like these:

Then I heard about the Shark Guard and ordered this:

Couldn’t be happier. Dust collection is greatly improved and the guard/splitter combo is awesome. Take it on and off for non-thru cuts in seconds. Very easy to use, much safer than what I had before.

Lots of good people and info here so be sure you ask questions before attempting something you are unsure of.

Good luck with your saw.

-- Scott

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#8 posted 03-01-2011 04:44 AM

cool but whats up with the other saw in the pic?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 03-01-2011 08:02 AM

The pics are in the seller’s basement and that other saw is the Delta Unisaw that he got to replace this one.
@Scott – Thanks for the links, Im checking out the shark guard.

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#10 posted 10-19-2014 11:41 PM

Did you ever find a replacement for the blade guard/splitter assembly? I have a nearly identical saw that’s missing the same thing. I’d love to find a replacement at some point for safety sake during some cuts.

-- Matt

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#11 posted 10-20-2014 12:06 AM

I think you got the better of his two saws. Some parts can be hard to replace but at least you have a better chance than for the Delta in North America. As long as the saw hasn’t been abused it should be a great saw.

-- Western Spirit Bev

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