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Forum topic by olhippie posted 01-03-2018 05:38 PM 692 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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olhippie

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01-03-2018 05:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman table saw job site 137218300

This is a model#137.218300, and my main issue is the raising/lowering mechanism is not working, the saw is new to me and I am working on cleaning and fixing what needs to be fixed but this has me stumped. The “screw bar” turns fine, but it appears there should be some sort of nut there OR the frame the screw bar goes through has threads that are stripped. I kind of doubt that though as the frame looks to be aluminum and the screw bar is steel.
I hope someone in here can give me some tips or some help. If need be I can take some pictures of what I am talking about.
Bruce
Thank you in advance


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#1 posted 01-03-2018 05:50 PM

If you don’t have the Owners Manual start here to find a missing part if any, https://www.manualslib.com/manual/496647/Craftsman-137-218300.html?page=24#manual

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#2 posted 01-03-2018 06:01 PM



If you don t have the Owners Manual start here to find a missing part if any, https://www.manualslib.com/manual/496647/Craftsman-137-218300.html?page=24#manual

- syenefarmer


I have a copy of the manual and it doesn’t show in enough detail for me to tell if the screw bar threads into the frame and if the frame is threaded internally.

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#3 posted 01-03-2018 06:30 PM

Grrr… I just looked at the manual, and it’s a bit different from what I have a picture of,. Post a picture of the underside of your saw so we can take a look.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 01-03-2018 08:38 PM


This shows fairly well what I have going here. The threaded rod turns just fine but there must be something that the threaded rod pushes and pulls against. With that loose washer on the top side of the threaded rod makes me think something is missing there.
Bruce

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#5 posted 01-04-2018 01:50 PM



Grrr… I just looked at the manual, and it s a bit different from what I have a picture of,. Post a picture of the underside of your saw so we can take a look.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Do you have any thoughts Brad?

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#6 posted 01-04-2018 03:57 PM

From the looks of it, I’d say where the threaded rod passes through the bracket is stripped, as it appears that is what rides the threads to raise/lower that bracket. Kind of hard to tell from those pictures, but the parts diagram doesn’t show anything missing that I can see.

... OR the frame the screw bar goes through has threads that are stripped. I kind of doubt that though as the frame looks to be aluminum and the screw bar is steel.

That would be my guess… steel threads will eat aluminum pretty easily. I believe the loose washer on the end of that threaded rod is just to act as a stop to prevent it from riding off the threaded rod.

As a side note, that saw has a recalled fence in case you haven’t had it replaced yet.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 01-04-2018 04:24 PM

If those gears are intact are there set screws that could just have backed out a bit letting them spin on the shafts?

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#8 posted 01-04-2018 04:30 PM

The gears turn the threaded shaft fine, and I am fairly sure that their are suppose to be threads on the aluminum frame that the shaft travels through, so now I have to figure out how to drill it out and insert new threads, seems there is a threaded insert type thing that would do the job, I just cant remember what it is called.

Yeah I think I have the solution threaded inserts for metal I see some zinc plated ones, will press in and ought to work. Sure makes me wonder what kind of Engineering Moron thought steel threaded rod running through aluminum was a good idea…...

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#9 posted 01-04-2018 06:14 PM

A Chinese one with cheap on his mind.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 01-31-2018 03:54 PM

Well I got it working finally !! I ended up using an M-12 nut and used JB Weld to attach it to the aluminum and it works fine so far.
Thanks everyone for the help and encouragement! Next project is a Craftsman sliding compound miter saw, I got it for FREE ! and looking for the parts it needs looks like I might spent about $100 bucks on it to get it up to snuff.
Bruce

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#11 posted 02-01-2018 05:33 AM

That’s one I wouldn’t blame on the Chinese. For years, commanding such a huge market as they did, Sears was able to dictate to suppliers the specs for their tools. Naturally, they always specified the cheapest materials and components. And my dad and I usually found their service less than adequate. I ordered some part from the service center in Bellingham, and when 3 or 4 weeks had gone by without hearing from them, I dropped in. They had my package under the counter, dated 10 days before. Why hadn’t they bothered to call me? Well, I had already paid for it, so why should they bother?

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