|Forum topic by Don Broussard||posted 06-27-2012 01:08 AM||6860 views||3 times favorited||102 replies|
06-27-2012 01:08 AM
I was looking for a regular user table saw, and someone gave me a Craftsman table saw (Model 113.298240). The saw had been outside in a field for a few years, and when I asked about it, the owner gave it to me. It was painted black, including the cast iron top and stamped steel wings (someone was thoughtful enough to cover the saw’s nameplate with duct tape before painting). I am guessing that the blade bevel indicator was removed for painting and was not reinstalled, so there’s no indication of blade angle. The case and stand are dented but structurally sound. I disconnected the belt, and when I plugged the motor in, it started right up with a little vibration (not unexpected). I installed the belt and the blade runs smoothly. The bevel and blade height adjusting wheels were locked up. Today, I removed the wings and stripped the paint off the top and the wings, and I got the two adjusting wheels to unfreeze. The cast iron top is still flat with only minor rust spots—I fixed those with a wire wheel on my hand grinder. There is no miter gauge, nor is there any safety equipment mounted on the saw. The insert is mounted to the table with a stripped-out Philips head screw (go figure) and I haven’t been able to get the blade off the arbor yet. Finally, the fence would probably have to be replaced. I downloaded the owner’s manual this morning.
While I would like to resurrect the saw for regular use, I also don’t want to invest more than it’s worth in time, money and effort. Based on its current condition, do you judge that it’s worth the effort and advise proceeding with putting the saw back in service? What other things should I check before proceeding? If I do fix and use this saw, one of my first projects will be to make a crosscut sled.
I value the opinions of fellow LJs, so here’s my thanks in advance for comments and advice.
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