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Forum topic by Hermando posted 12-02-2011 12:51 AM 9825 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2011 12:51 AM

Hello Everyone, I was hoping to get some advice on a future purchase for an older Craftsman Contractor TS 113.299315, Cast iron top, steel wings, belt drive. The seller is asking 45 obo. I spoke with the seller today and I will be going out to see the table saw. Seller says it is in good condition was bought used for a job at home and doesn’t need it anymore.

I have been wanting to upgrade my portable table saw and have considered buying new. Maybe the new Ridgid R4512 or similar. But I have no reservations on older used as I have seen some of the best TS here and they are highly regarded.

Does anyone know anything about this saw is it worth $45 in working condition and is it upgradeable, easily adjustable. A TS that I can enjoy on the weekends and make some quality wood projects.

Thanks. H.

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 01:10 AM

I have two of these type Craftsman saws (earlier models) and for $45 it’s a bargain. The fences aren’t the best but for $45 you could aford to upgrade this saw if you think that necessary. For the price I would jump on it.

-- Carl in SC

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 01:17 AM

There are several variations of this saw that transcends manufacturers and brand names, and all have very similar guts. This one is made by Emerson in the USA, and I believe that it even has an improved fence over previous Emerson offerings. If it has a belt drive induction motor that runs, the motor alone is worth more than the asking price. It doesn’t have an updated riving knife like the one found on the new R4512 or nearly identical Craftsman 21833.

Here's a link to a previous discussion about that model.

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 01:22 AM

Carl, Thanks for the thumbs up, More than likely I will purchase just because a belt drive Cast iron TS for $45 in working condition seems like a bargain. Do you know how easy/difficult it is to tune up, align the blade, etc. What should I look for in worn parts.

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#4 posted 12-02-2011 05:00 AM

H., Lots of posts about Craftsman/Emerson Contractor saws on LJ’s. Here’s a post on alignment. Expect to upgrade the switch, and maybe the belt. Blow out all the dust in the motor. Buy thin-kerf blades and get a zero clearance insert. You might be able to sell your old parts on Ebay (switch/cord, fence/rails). I sold my old fence for $45 – the fence this saw comes might be ok/usable. Here are more LJ posts on that exact saw . -Jack

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#5 posted 12-02-2011 02:55 PM

I’ve got one of those…...a little older actually. That thing will clean up very nicely. Parts availability from Sears should be good too. I took a free saw like that, put about $50 of parts into it and ended up with a great saw. I also rebuilt the original fence that came with it and it’s spot on. No regrets.

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#6 posted 12-03-2011 01:30 AM

Hermando, I bought one of my saws new about 35 years ago. It was the top of the line Craftsman contractor saw with the webbed cast iron wings. It did come with the “old type” fence, which was lacking. My second similar saw I purchased off of Craig’s List a few years ago. It came with a better fence and stamped steel wings. The first saw I purchased new has never had any problems. The second saw did have some corrosion problems recently due to the high humidity here in SC. The shaft that the blade raising casting “rides” on rusted and froze up. I finally got it apart, cleaned up, and lubed and got it back together. For the type work I do with my table saws the old Emerson built American made saws are all I need. I am in the process of remodeling a kitchen for my wife and all the new cabinets were built using the Craftsman contractor saws. Most of my woodshop tools lately have been purchased used off of Craig’s List except for a Rigid drill press I purchased at Home Depot when they were clearing out floor stock. When I was younger I believed in buying new tools, but now that most of the new tools are made in foreign countries, I buy (if available) used American made tools.

-- Carl in SC

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 12:26 AM

Well the purchase was a success. I went and bought the Craftsman Contractor TS 113.299315 and everything seems to be intact. Runs smooth, decent fence, miter gauge, minor rust spots and needs some cleaning. Was missing the blade guard and wrenches. Casters seemed a bit flimsy, but I won;t be moving the saw around. I will probably be making a new mobile cabinet anyway. Thanks for all the advice and comments. I think at $45 it was a great deal, but may not have been had I slid off the snowy bank of the owners driveway as I was backing down the mountain side from the garage.. (Came real close)..

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