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182 days ago
I am seeking opinions and points to ponder. I have a hand-me-down Sears Craftsman table saw Model: 113.298150. When it was given to by my Dad, he said “remember now, this was Pop’s (grandpa’s) before he gave it to me, take care of it”. Well I guess the years and several moves around the United States have not been too kind to the saw.
My dad and myself used it a LOT for remodels and it done fairly well. Now I am trying to do finer work like paint grade cabinets and ultimately my home office furniture. So as I learn cabinetry by building them for my garage I am learning about the saw. So here it goes.
—The rip fence is almost held together with bailing wire and duct tape.
Is it better to start looking at new saws and hang my head when I tell Dad or should I try to fix this one up?
If I fix this one up it will still work in my setup with my freshly built out feed table/workbench/tool cabinet/assembly table. The sentimental value and family dynamics are retained. And I might be able to make it better than new. So does it make sense to invest in….
— fence system
About the motor, I have read a entry or two about table saw horsepower and most seem to think the 3HP is the way to go but I think 3HP for this saw might be a bit too much and even in a new saw seems to be pretty expensive.
I mostly just tinker around and when it comes to hardwoods, I have only used small stock. I must say a piece of 3/4” MDF about kicked my tail but I am not sure if it was because of the size or the dust (ick).
So do I spend the money for repairs and upgrade or to buy a new saw?
-- Sears Table Saw Model: 113.298150