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Forum topic by MrsBob posted 07-24-2011 04:28 AM 1153 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrsBob

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07-24-2011 04:28 AM

Awhile back my boy brought me a table saw!!
Ok, he brought me a table, with a saw attached, a bag of nut, bolts, turny knoby thingys, and a couple of 10 inch blades?
With the help of a few misc brackets, I have (kinda of) working table saw!!!!
BUT after reading some lumberjack reviews? I wasn’t thrilled to read the the Craftsman 10 in. Bench Table Saw 24888 review?
How do I figure out what I have here?


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David Grimes

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 04:57 AM

I think this is just a little older than the 24888, but much the same. A direct drive motor, wings that pull out a bit, direct drive motor, no riving knife, etc. It used to have pawls when new. Some came with a stand and others were true table top. It also had a sloppy aluminum fence that would clamp well but you can never really trust it to be straight, so measure to a reference (miter slot) every time you move the fence (if it still has one). The motors are actually pretty strong and with a good blade it can be abused for years and years, but it is still what it is… a $100 saw (when new) with a plastic lower housing body and aluminum upper. Very low end saw probably just a bare cut above a Bench Top or Work Force, etc.

The miter slots will not take standard size miter fences, but will take Sears and other undersized ones (if you no longer have the plastic one that came with the saw).

We have one very much like this one (maybe the same) that only gets used on-site for flooring rips, rough framing rips, etc. Ours was new in 1996 and still works fine, even with the tie-wraps holding the base to the metal stand because the plastic chunked out in a fall at one time or another.

You should be able to find the model number on one of the sides.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 05:13 AM

Like David said, I’ve never seen a Craftsman power tool that didn’t have a model number on a plate somewhere.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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MrsBob

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 05:30 AM

The only place I can find numbers is on the motor? RM871? 2006/07? RPM 5000? 83871142?
From what I understand, the person that gave it to my boy, tore it all apart to build a new stand for it?

I do have the sloppy aluminum fence! (figured that one out real quick) No clue what a miter fence is, so I guess I don’t have that?

The review said something about kickback? Anything I can do about that, other than just be scared to death of the darn thing?

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 07-24-2011 06:00 AM

If you are not an experienced table saw operator… and there are safety devices missing from this saw… I would recommend that you be so scared to death of this thing that you do not use it. Seriously.

If you can get the anti-kickback pawls that came with it, use a push stick and get a featherboard to fit the slots, then I would tell you to wear your eye protection, read some information on how to safely use a table saw, and still be very careful.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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bubinga

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#5 posted 07-24-2011 09:01 AM

There should be a model number on a plate somewhere. Keep looking

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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MrsBob

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#6 posted 07-25-2011 02:12 AM

Ok, sent the kids out to look, no plate!
Like I said, all I got was the table, with a saw attached and a bag of misc parts. Guessing the plate was on what ever kind of base the saw had?
Since I do have the date on the motor, 2006/07, any ideas which manual I should try to get, would be greatly appreciated!

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