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Forum topic by DannyBoy posted 04-29-2008 03:42 PM 15189 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2008 03:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jigsaw

I know there has to be an old timer out there that can help a young buck like me out on this one…

I picked up about a month ago an old all metal (steel, I think) Craftsman sabre/jig saw at a garage sale (Model: 315.26750; 3.0 amps). Motor runs well and it seems to be in good order. The (for lack of a better word) collet where the blade attaches appears to be missing a screw. At the moment there is only one screw there but two holes. So, I can attach a blade (one that has a hole to be screwed in), but where it seems there would be another place to hold it in the blade is completely loose.

Any suggestions?

~Danny Boy

-- He said wood...

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#1 posted 04-29-2008 03:59 PM


I checked on Sears Parts Direct online and found it has a blade holder with screws. Here is the link for your saw.!retrieve.action?modelNumber=315.26750&pop=flush#diagram

The key number for the part you want is number 78

It says you need to call them for availability. I don’t know of any other place to find what you need. Hope they have one in stock.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 04-29-2008 04:01 PM

Dude! That’s sweet. I went looking all over for this (even the sears website) and could never get it to come up. Thanks a huge lot!

-- He said wood...

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#3 posted 04-29-2008 04:17 PM

I own one of those vintage craftsman saber saws and I’m thinking mine only has one screw. I’ll check it tonight and let you know. I replaced mine with a bosch a couple of years ago. I was amazed how much the vibration was reduced when cutting with the bosch.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#4 posted 04-29-2008 05:44 PM

Too bad, I just trashed one of like that a few months ago I had inherited. All bright steel body, worked for a liong time, but started arcing like the insulation was breaking down.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#5 posted 04-29-2008 05:50 PM

I’m planning on refurbishing this one to be useful around the shop. If I can get it in general working order, I’ll be taking it apart and checking pieces, oiling gears, and making sure the electronics are all good in it. I love the look of it. Tom, that bright steel body is what I originally liked.

It probably won’t be the last one I ever buy, but I betting on it being a work horse for some of the harder jobs. (Yeah, I’m crazy.)

~Danny Boy

-- He said wood...

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#6 posted 04-29-2008 06:18 PM

I like the look too, but it zapped my son enough to numb his arm, didn’t have a proper ground. Should have saved it for it’s sentimental value, but that’s why my garage look so cluttered, :)

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#7 posted 04-30-2008 03:36 AM

I think some of the old saws had two screws and you had to tighten both sides to keep the blade tight. You don’t want the screw going through the hole in the blade. It is meant to clamp the blade in the saw.

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#8 posted 04-30-2008 03:41 AM

I hate the orange box but last Sunday they had a Bosch 1587 jiggy with a r.o. sander thrown in for like 120.00$ Both triple grounded and the jig uses tool free blade changing.

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#9 posted 01-19-2009 02:57 AM

I found one of these saws at a thrift store and when I searched I found this:

It was recalled for a faulty replacement circuit board.

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#10 posted 10-28-2012 03:28 AM

Like Danny Boy, I have a Craftsman Multi Speed Scroller Saw Model 315.26710 that I bought new in 1968. It has never been repaired by Sears. A lot of oil leaked out of it about 20 years ago, and I never replaced the oil and have no idea how to go about doing it. Does anybody know if I am in danger of getting an electrical shock, and how do I go about replacing the oil. I used the saw recently, and it seemed to run ok. My saw has two screws holding the blade tight and neither go through the blade.

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#11 posted 10-06-2013 12:05 PM

Have the same saw.Mine has 1 pin on top and a screw to hold blade into place.I am having trouble finding blades.Can anyone help??

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#12 posted 12-10-2013 08:00 PM

Any universal replacement blade(non “T” top) will work. The “T” top mainly fit BOSCH saws .Does anyone have a broken or “junk” 315.17280 saw. I need the top bushing KEY #1, but I will buy the entire saw.

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#13 posted 12-10-2013 08:34 PM

DannyBoy, do you have any information on how much and what type of oil to add to your Sears saw?

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#14 posted 12-10-2013 09:26 PM

I got this exact same saw alone with several other things from my grandpa workshop. Finally got a chance to tear it down and try to figure out what it needed to work again, the armature assembly threw a couple bars off the commutator and the assembly is no longer available, neither are the brushes. The brushes aren’t nearly as big a deal as I have more than a few that I could fabricate to make fit this saw, but the armature no longer available is a real bummer. Would anyone happen to have one?

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#15 posted 12-11-2013 03:43 PM

Something similar to wheel bearing grease should be used in the gear case; not oil; too thin.

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