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Forum topic by andersonoo7 posted 09-05-2013 08:35 AM 3665 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2013 08:35 AM

Let me preface this by stating the fact that I am a relative rookie when it comes to woodworking. Now, I’ve found a local deal on an old Craftsman 113.298750 TS with two cast iron extensions. No other real upgrades, but it is in good condition. My current saw is a Craftsman portable plastic POS.

The question is, should I take this other Craftsman for $45 delivered or stick with the POS. I won’t have any money for an upgrade anytime soon and expect the 113 will suit my needs for quite a while. Here are some images…

The current saw:

The ‘could be new’ saw:

The ‘could be new’ saw motor:

I know its a huge upgrade in and of itself, but is the 113.298 worth a damn?

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 09:19 AM

Buy it! You’d be taking a full step (or two) up the food chain to full size saw with a belt drive induction motor…’ll be more powerful, quieter, have much more operating room, is more reliable, heavier and more stable, and has good potential for a fence upgrade down the road. $45 is a great deal for the 113….the motor is worth close to twice that, the wings are worth ~ $40. Sell your POS for $45 and buy a decent blade for the 113.

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 09:33 AM

…but is the 113.298 worth a damn?

Oh, hell yeah!

I have an earlier version of this saw (113.29902) but they were all basically the same for 50 years. This is a design made by Emerson for Sears and I like its design better than some of the newer table saw designs. I have used that fence and it is servicable. Others on this style saw were not.

Naw. I don’t think you will regret this – especially not for $45!!

Note on blades: I recently upgraded to the Diablo 1040X. Excellent blade, general purpose (does crosscuts and rips very well) and it is available at HD for $30. I don’t think you could do better for that price.

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 10:31 AM

Yes! Yes! Yes! From somebody who upgraded from a very terrible, horrible, despicable, otherwise worthless Skilsaw table saw to the new craftsman, you will be very happy. 3/4 miter slots, cast iron top, able to buy nice aftermarket things. DO IT!!!!

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 10:50 AM

+1 to all of the above. i have two similar saws, one a c-man, the other a ridgid. i kept them over an “old arn” ‘72 3 hp unisaw i got for $40 in gas money, refurbished and subsequently sold (not a right tilt fan). with proper set up, a sharp blade with the proper tooth count and hook angle for the operation being performed, there’s not a lot that saw won’t be able to handle in a hobbyist’s shop.

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#5 posted 09-05-2013 01:55 PM

Are you there yet?????

Good god go get it.

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 03:03 PM

Thanks, everyone. I appreciate your enthusiasm toward the saw. I figured the wings alone were worth the asking price alone, so I made the deal last night without any feedback other than my own research. I just wanted to make sure I wouldn’t be going from one POS to another and still want to upgrade the whole machine in a relatively short period of time.

I should be getting the saw tonight, but won’t be able to dive into it until this weekend. I’ll let everyone know how that goes.

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Carl Webster

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 03:13 PM

I bought one of these saws, new, back in the 1970’s and still have it. Other than the fence it is an excellent saw and I would not hesitate to buy one now. I also have a little later model with stamped metal wings and upgraded fence. Both are good saws for the money. Go for it.

-- Carl in SC

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 03:21 PM

I moved from a Craftsman POS plastic to a Unisaw and the new saw keeps me in the shop an extra 20+ hours a week. Buy the saw never look back buy a new blade and make a zero clearance insert and start pushing boundaries.

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#9 posted 09-05-2013 03:35 PM

I used to have that POS and would definitely recommend the upgrade. I traded the pos to my dad for his almost new Makita circular saw. I came out ahead. He rarely uses a table saw anyway.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 09-05-2013 03:40 PM

Like my 113. saw. I did upgrade to a T2 fence. Glade I did.

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#11 posted 09-05-2013 05:26 PM

You made a better deal then I did. I purchased mine for $90 in very rusty condition. Best purchase I made for my shop.

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#12 posted 09-06-2013 03:52 AM

Got the saw home tonight. I think we both underestimated the weight of the thing. We had trouble with two men trying to load it in a pickup. Anyway, he delivered it in his truck and threw in a roller stand, so I gave him $60 just to show a little appreciation. Things I’ll be looking to add are a better fence and need to find a splitter at minimum.

Anyone have any ideas on where to find a splitter for the thing?

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#13 posted 09-06-2013 09:35 PM

There’s some discussion on splitters for a Cman contractor saw in this thread.

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#14 posted 09-09-2013 03:44 AM

Decided to tear the saw down, clean, and rebuild. Sold the old POS for $50 and apparently severely underpriced it for the interest there was in it. Starting a new thread for the rebuild. Any help you can offer in that forum is greatly appreciated. That thread is here.

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#15 posted 09-09-2013 01:10 PM

Sears is very good about being able to get parts for old tools. This site can be a little tough to navigate, but once you find your saw you should be able to find all the parts you need and the manual. I know I did that for my 20 year old 3hp 20 gal air compressor. A few weeks ago something died on it, I searched the manual to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it then went to the site and found the proper part. Compressor runs like a champ again.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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