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Forum topic by savan posted 05-15-2013 02:26 PM 690 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2013 02:26 PM

I have a craftsman 113 table saw. This cman 137 is on CL for $50. I’m pretty handy and I’m wondering if the motor may be salvageable and I can get a steal. Thanks

It’s very clean but the ad says this:

I have a Craftsman 10” Table Saw for sale.
The table saw needs a new motor before it will be in working order.
Besides the motor the table saw is in great condition.

I asked the guy what was up and he said this:

A friend of mine used it to cut some PVC trim.
I think some of the PVC dust got into the motor and cooled after the saw was turned off.
A couple weeks later I tried to restart it and the motor began to shake pretty bad and would not run continuously.
I new I could not use it safely so I thought I would put it on Craigslist for someone with more electrical skills.

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#1 posted 05-15-2013 02:27 PM

Oh, also, the fence rail looks like its molded into the table top. Is an aftermarket fence not an option for this saw?

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#2 posted 05-15-2013 02:39 PM

I think I might take a chance on that one. Most likely, the motor is imbedded with PVC dust, which may have chunked up, and as long as you can remove/blow it out, I would not be afraid to take off an end bell off the motor to take a look. (Unplugged, of course) What’s the worst thing that can happen? You buy a motor? I am assuming this is a direct drive unit? In that case, go look at it and also see if the PVC gobbed up on a shaft outboard of the motor somewhere. If so, just clean it and run the saw. But just in case, I would definitely plug it in to see if you think his friend bent a shaft. Look carefully for a wobbling blade, or motor that is jumping due to a bent shaft, etc. In that case, simply thank him and walk away.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#3 posted 05-15-2013 02:58 PM

It depends if you want to gamble or not,this is far from a high end saw,the cost of the motor could be 80% of what this same saw sells for new.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 05-15-2013 03:10 PM

That’s a jobsite saw with a universal motor.

Worth about $100 used in excellent condition.

A new motor will not be at all cheap. Probably
over $100. They tend to be proprietary.

I’ve cut PVC and other plastics plenty and never
had a problem with the swarf clogging a machine
to the point where it would not run.

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#5 posted 05-15-2013 03:16 PM

Naw, I would leave that one for someone else to cuss at! Your 113 saw is a lot more saw than this one!

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

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#6 posted 05-15-2013 03:24 PM

Bear in mind from switching from your previous saw to this one you will have non-standard miter slots. Which eliminates many jigs and other things you can buy. I have them on my terrible skilsaw table saw. I ended up taking a grinder to the tabs. But I can never use some of those really nice jigs that are sold because they don’t fit. Find a better one than this. Hopefully I will be upgrading to the new craftsman contractor saw soon

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 03:35 PM

Thanks for the info guys. The risk along w/ the non standard miter slots made me decide against this good looking but risky saw-

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