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Forum topic by WooDR67 posted 05-16-2013 02:40 PM 2594 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2013 02:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman table saw craftsman 113 craftsman contractor saw question tablesaw refurbishing

I was looking at this table saw as a project to fix up for my older brother for his birthday. It is complete but the motor needs replacing. What do you guys think? Is it worth the effort for $75??

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#1 posted 05-16-2013 03:34 PM

YES!!! See pics on my website to see what I did with this EXACT saw!

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#2 posted 05-16-2013 03:41 PM

Wood, that particular saw is a pretty solid unit with a few upgrades and adjustments. I have a similar unit that I bought from Craigslist and have done some upgrades with a fence, link belt from HF and the cast wings as shown. This model is the older made in USA from Emerson and is similar to the Ridgid models. Although for whatever reason the Ridgids are selling for more. Must be brand name preference for the same saw.

I have often thought about upgrading, but I cannot find any faults with my saw and I would assume with a little elbow grease this unit will be a good buy. As for the motor, I would find another similar saw on Craigslist for cheap and use it for the motor and other missing parts. They do show up often in my area.

If you are haven’t already bought the saw, maybe negotiate the cost since the motor needs replacing. Motors new can run a couple hundred dollars, but the buy used or another used saw would be the way I would go.

Good luck and know its a decent saw when tuned up.

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#3 posted 05-16-2013 03:42 PM

price the motor first. You can usually pick those saws up in working order for $100 – $150.

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#4 posted 05-16-2013 04:21 PM

Todd, Is that fence system from a craftsman 21833? Its funny that all my tools are also Rigid ( no craftsman) and your garage is exactly like mine (except my garage would be the “BEFORE” picture) AND Im from Texas as well ( San Antonio to be exact). But I digress, truth be told I don’t even know if my brother needs or wants a saw right now I just found this one and saw something I could fix up . Im really just being lazy about building a router table and was interested in the extension it has built onto it . If I could get it up an running for under $125 I think I would do it but I have no experience with this saw ( I have a Rigid R4512 with a delta T2 fence)

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#5 posted 05-16-2013 04:34 PM

If you can get a 1 to 1.5 hp motor for $40 or less,
sure it’s worth fixing for $75.

The capacitor may be out on the saw’s motor –
about a $10 fix.

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#6 posted 05-16-2013 04:39 PM

The fence is a Ridgid AC1036….clone of the C-man AlignaRip fence….

As I’m sure you know, you can get AAR fences on E-bay or get a Delta T2 fence and put a Craftsman decal on it for him ;)

Projects are what make live worth living LOL.

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#7 posted 05-16-2013 05:06 PM

Stick with “like new” used tools.
I would recommend a giant “Pass” on that particular saw.
Get a saw with a good fence to avoid frustration.
I have only had one Craftsman tablesaw, and that will be my last Craftsman tool.

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#8 posted 05-16-2013 05:48 PM

I purchased a similar saw in much worse condition. The motor did work however. Look at a week or two of TLC to get the saw into top shape. The biggest issue is the motor. I would to see what a used replacement motor will cost. That plus the saw should not be over $150.

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#9 posted 05-16-2013 05:53 PM

Pinto, Im with you on the “like new” status but since this isn’t for me and i can possibly pass this one on as like new to a family member or a neighbor, it would give me a cheap worthwhile project.

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#10 posted 05-16-2013 06:15 PM

where’s the splitter/blade guard? another $50-100 item. and the OEM fence system doesn’t enjoy the best reputation. IMHO, $75, with no motor, doesn’t sound like a terribly good deal.

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#11 posted 05-16-2013 06:36 PM

pintodelux, I think in tools, many older tools are better than “like new” tools. Certainly true of many hand tools, but even in older power tools, they have more substantial castings and better machining than most brand new tools. You could not touch the quality of this saw for 75-125 in a “like new” TS.

I think this is a fine saw, if you can get it in useable condition for $125.

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#12 posted 05-16-2013 09:58 PM

The router table is worth a bit, the cast iron wings are worth about $20 each, the legstand, switch, fence, handwheels, miter gauge, insert, and fence are all worth something. It looks like it has a decent mobile base too. However, with no motor, I’d be inclined to offer $50 max if you’re comfortable with the task of motor replacement, fence upgrade, and general de-rusting and cleaning efforts. Sometimes another similar saw is the best source for missing parts.

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#13 posted 05-17-2013 02:52 AM

i have the exact motor ill sell you for 40 bucks plus shipping if your interested plus a ton of extra craftsman parts if you need them i have like 3 cm ts’s. I live in cullman Al.

-- Tbarksdale Cullman Alabama

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#14 posted 05-17-2013 03:33 AM

I have same saw and it has worked well for me since buying new in ‘87 or ‘88. I had to replace motor about 3 yrs ago and bought one from Grizzley. I also just replaced fence with a Delta T-2. That has made a HUGE difference. The T-2’s were getting hard to find. I ordered from and it was back ordered for a few weeks. Wish I could recall what I paid for new motor…I still have the bad motor (tried capacitor and a few other quick fixes) if you want to buy a match :)

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#15 posted 06-16-2013 09:51 AM

alas I messaged the guy but he never got back to me

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