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Forum topic by dieselman posted 05-08-2008 12:08 AM 7345 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dieselman

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05-08-2008 12:08 AM

I have a chance to buy a Craftsman model # 315.228490 in excellant condition.It was bought new
in 02,can anybody tell me what series this saw is ? contractor, pro model. Saw has cast iron and is
heavy,also has 10” blade, also if any body knows of a book I can buy that could tell me what each
saw is,
And while i,m at it,last night I was on Google looking for Craftsman saws and what should appear but
my first post on this site,like Tony says, what the hell. talk to me webb master
Dieselhammer

-- DIESELHAMMER


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-08-2008 02:14 AM

I have a Craftsman saw 315.228310 that I bought in 1998. So this should be the same series but just a later model. It looks identical to my saw which is a contractor’s model. I have used mine for 10 years and it works ok. The miter gauge is adequate but the fence is poor. I replaced the miter gauge with an Incra 1000SE this year and that problem was resolved. But the fence is another issue. Other LJs have replaced their stock fences with the Delta T2 fence but I haven’t been able to do this on mine. The issue with the fence is simply that it is not very reliable. It relies on tension to keep the front and rear aligned and this doesn’t work very well. To make an accurate cut with it you have to set the blade and fence distance. Then measure the distance from a miter gauge slot to the front and rear faces of the fence and make sure that these distances are equal. Then you have to check and usually reset the blade to fence distance and repeat the front and rear fences measurements again. With reiterations of this eventually the fence is aligned and the blade distance gets set. But it is a challenge if you need to make different cuts.

Hope this helps.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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MLK

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#2 posted 05-11-2008 07:06 AM

I have the same saw I bought it new in 1999 and Scott is right about the fence, it’s really bad. I replaced mine with the Delta T2 and it made all the difference in the world.

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runngt

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#3 posted 05-13-2008 11:04 PM

I think I have the same saw, if not it’s a craftsman and a great saw except for the fence. Like Scott said the fences are pretty much junk. As it stands right now a new better fence is not in the budget, but I do have a widget that could make yours and Scott’s life easier to avoid a lot a measuring front to back over and over again. A friend of mine made it and it works dang good. I will take a pic of it and post on a new thread as not to hijack yours.

-- It seem's I just make scrap wood and saw dust most of the time !

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