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NavalAg05

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05-18-2013 11:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

Any one know what to do with a 10 inch Contractor Craftsman Tablesaw that keeps breaking?

I have successfully broken it twice this weekend. Small parts (plastic) keep shattering. Right now the tilt lever has shattered, so it will not stay set. I know I can probable get the parts off of sears parts direct… but I feel like it will just shatter again.

In a perfect world I would just trash it and get a better one, but right now the CFO has said no to that large of a purchase.

Does sears buy them back to refurbish them??

Thanks in advance. And if anyone is thinking about getting this small craftsman I will highly encourage you to steer clear.


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Loren

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 12:14 AM

One thing I can say for Sears is they have parts. They
don’t overcharge for them either. You can order
them and pick up in a store if you want to avoid
shipping charges – that’s what they used to do
anyway.

The part you need may be what is called an
“adjustable clamp lever”. You can find them
on ebay from sellers in Asia who sell and ship
to N. America pretty cheap.

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NavalAg05

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 02:59 AM

I will stop by later, maybe it wont be too expensive if sears will order the parts I need. I think I only need two (that is unless anything else decides to break).

Thanks Loren

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LokisTyro

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 04:25 AM

I know they sell refurbished items, for a pretty decent price too.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/

is the website you want to go to. Get your model number and punch it in and they have numbered exploded views with a list next to it showing if the part is available, and of course what it is. They still have parts for my old Power Bronze “100.” That website might have a downloadable manual if you don’t have and need one.

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 04:34 AM

I bought two metal wheel handles for my tilt and raise functions from searspartsdirect. Not a single issue since. They are worth the price….plastic will eventually break.

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 04:36 AM

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#6 posted 05-19-2013 04:37 AM

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#7 posted 05-19-2013 11:18 AM

Ebay often has handwheels for those old Cman contractor saws priced pretty reasonable. Buy the metal ones if you can find them.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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NavalAg05

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#8 posted 05-19-2013 01:05 PM

May not be the best solution, but I am going to try and replace the lever witht he actual part. This saw combines the blade lift and tilt into one wheel, its working, its just the locking lever and bushing that broke. Should be about 8 dollars if I can get sears to order it to the store for pick up.

Maybe it will last another year or so until I can convince the Chief Financial Officer to let me upgrade.

Thanks all

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Odiferous

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#9 posted 05-19-2013 01:22 PM

I don’t know if it’s the same everywhere, but I went into a Sears parts store recently for a scroll saw part. They didn’t have it in stock, so I was going to have it shipped to my house. I asked if they could just ship it to the store so I could pick it up, and was told I’d have to pay the shipping anyway.

Hopefully you find it in stock, but you can’t count on much anymore.

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knotscott

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#10 posted 05-19-2013 02:44 PM

”...This saw combines the blade lift and tilt into one wheel…”

I’m thinking it’s not really a contractor saw then….more likely a compact or portable jobsite saw.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#11 posted 05-19-2013 03:41 PM

Yep. What Knotscott said. Hard to find metal handles for portable saws. Since they are “portable” they are to be light weight, and therefore mostly plastic. Check out Sears Parts Direct dot com, to get a replacement.

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toolie

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#12 posted 05-19-2013 04:49 PM

Maybe it will last another year or so until I can convince the Chief Financial Officer to let me upgrade.

what’s the model number of the saw in question?

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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NavalAg05

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#13 posted 05-19-2013 05:02 PM

Model #315284620 Craftsman 10” table saw

Scott, You are probably correct about it being compact/portable. It was a cheap start up saw that I have outgrown, but it still works (well up until these parts shattered). I have been saving some money and working on convincing my wife its time to get a better/bigger saw.

Talked to my hometown sears today, they said they order from the same sight (partsdirect) and I still have to pay shipping. Also found the nearest parts center so i will call them tomorrow see if they have these in stock by chance. If not I will order them. Up to 4 parts to make sure it works so it should only be about 25 dollars. Hopefully it turns into a good investment and lasts a while longer.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#14 posted 05-19-2013 05:13 PM

Well, it sounds like you can make a small repair for a relatively small $$ outlay and use the saw for a while longer until you save for an upgrade.

Thumbs up!

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