|Forum topic by Targa||posted 184 days ago||2067 views||0 times favorited||43 replies|
184 days ago
I’m just getting started in woodworking and have some questions about the craftsman table saw I recently acquired for free from my neighbor.
The saw is model #113.298240 and is in pretty good condition. It has the original rip fence, which I know isn’t very good, and has a belt drive dual voltage (7/14 amp) ball bearing motor which runs well.
I’d love to have a 3HP cabinet saw, but since I need to purchase other basic machines I want to try to utilize this free saw if I can, at least until I build some things for my wife and she says ok to upgrade.
In any event, here’s a few things I’m thinking of doing in order to more effectively use this saw
- Install an aftermarket rip fence, the brand/model is yet to be determined (suggestions would be appreciated)
I’ve already purchased a new Diablo rip blade and Diablo combination blade as well as a mobile saw base.
I have tried to make sure the blade can be adjusted to 90 degrees to the cast iron center table which it is.
However, when measuring the relationship of the blade to the miter gauge slots in the table top the blade is off .015. I’ve tried to adjust the trunnion assembly but it not very easy to get it perfect. Seems as though once you tighten the bolts holding it to the cast iron top, it move slightly.
So now I have a couple of questions about what I’ve described.
1. Is this saw worth investing in a aftermarket fence?
2. Will a link belt and machined pulleys make a noticeable difference?
3. Is having the blade .015 out of parallel with the miter slots too much? Will it only effect crosscuts?
4. Since the motor is only rated at 1hp, can I effectively cut thicker wood by cutting half way thru one side then flipping it over to cut the other to complete the cut? Or simply raise the blade incrementally?
Btw, I do plan to pick up a 6” jointer which I think could true up the double sided cut I just described.
I would appreciate any comments or suggestions.