Old Craftsman Contractor Saw for $50 on CL, worth it?

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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 12-14-2011 06:30 PM 4473 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2011 06:30 PM

I came across a craftsman model 113.298840 contractor saw listed for $50 on CL about 15 mins from me. I already have an older Delta contractor saw, but I almost can’t resist the $50 sale price. If it works great, either keep it or clean it up and resell it. What do you think? Does anyone know anything about that model?

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 06:51 PM

Unless it is a junker, you could spend a little time/bucks and have a saw for resale.


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#2 posted 12-14-2011 07:13 PM

If you plan on parting it out on Ebay, you might make a few bucks. If you think you are going to “fix it up” and sell it to make money you are probably wasting your time. -Jack

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 03:50 AM

This is one of the Emerson saws. If you want to fix it up and use it, it will last you a lifetime. If you want to fix it up and sell it, you will be fighting 50-60 years of this same saw for sale.

I wanted a decent 10” saw, bought one of these (113.29901 – $50), spent some time cleaning and restoring, changed the fence and now have the last saw I am going to buy. Somebody came over to use it and offered $100… riiiight!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 04:44 AM

I found a 113.29901 for $50 a couple years ago. It cleaned up and tuned up great and is a great user. Unless something unforseen happens I have no plans to replace it.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 09:40 PM

Ber, Like you I was able to come across an older craftsman contractor saw. I bought a craftsman TS
113.299315 for $40, I went out to see it and it needed some cleanup/tune up and TLC and I must say it turned out to be a real jewel and would rather keep it for now and if at some point I decide to upgrade, then I will most likely give this saw away to someone who would appreciate a head start into the world of woodworking.

These TS with 113. I believe were made by Emerson in USA. Anyway here is a picture of my find.

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 10:13 PM

It all boils down to the fence on Cman saws. If it has a fence like Hernado’s, your a step ahead. You could spend more thre three times yor $50 for a good fence. I put a used Unifence on mine and it made it a much better saw.
Dan Coleman

-- Dan Coleman, retired Welding Inspector and past IA Teacher

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