1984 Sears Craftsman 10908 Circular Saw

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Forum topic by BDFan1981 posted 11-23-2013 03:39 AM 2279 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2013 03:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sears craftsman sears craftsman skil skilsaw circular saw vintage rare 1980s

Now, here’s a 1984 Sears Craftsman 10908 circular saw (model 135.1090800 – yes, there are seven digits to the right of the decimal) which, like the previous 1080 circular saw sold in 1982, is similar to the Skil 576.

The seller originally had bought it new the year it was sold, at the Sears warehouse somewhere on Lamar Street in Dallas, TX. The date code on the nameplate is 1H3360, which means a manufacturing date of December 26, 1983.


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#1 posted 11-23-2013 04:38 AM

Those were some real pieces of you know what. The last time I used a Craftsman saw of that vintage I tossed in down a hill at the jobsite. That was about 1984. The only circular saw I’ve seen from craftsman that’s worth a dime is the worm drive and it’s pretty decent but the sidewinders have all been junk in my opinion. Light weights and under powered pretty well sums it up. You can pick up a Dewalt or Bosch at a pawn shop in good condition for less than that with a little patience. Stay away from the Ryobi circular saws too. My son bought one for a small remodel project and it wont track a straight line to save your life. I have over 35 years experience as a professional carpenter and couldn’t squeeze good performance out of that Ryobi.

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#2 posted 11-23-2013 06:04 AM

I for one do not generally purchase used portable electric tools unless they are uncommon.

There is generally a reason someone is selling a used electrical tool. and in this case, a skill saw is probably the “worst case” as far as I’m concerned. They are just too likely to have be badly abused, or just plumb worn out! And a 7 1/4 is so cheap new. An 8 1/4 or a worm drive might intrique me a tad.

Next on my list of what not to buy is cordless tools. If they are used, there’s only maybe a 40% chance they are viable. Sellers often top off the batteries just to show they work-2hrs later, the batteries are dead-no matter how many assurances they give you that the tools are viable.

to my mind, there is no economy in purchasing used electric tools without at least seeing them.

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#3 posted 11-23-2013 08:18 AM

While we’re on the subject of cordless drills…
(Sears Craftsman 11215 3/8” cordless drill/screwdriver, made by Black & Decker)
(Sears Craftsman 1116 3/8” cordless drill/screwdriver, made by Skil)

Now, these two drills dating from the 1980’s, they are truly one of those “love it or hate it” things out there. Like any cordless drill, I mean, what value would these have if one were to assume proper care (by the book) using proper replacement techniques?

The most powerful cordless drill/driver Sears sold during the ‘80s was the 1112, a 2-speed/variable speed unit made by Skil (similar to that company’s model 2016/2725 “Boar Gun”), with a removable 7.2-volt (6 cell) battery pack and 1-hour charge time (having two battery packs will help speed up certain projects, use one battery pack while the other is being charged).


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#4 posted 11-23-2013 09:38 AM

Almost all tooling in the recent decades is utter garbage. I’m thinking about becoming a Rigid Freak(not high quality either) until their “lifetime guarantee”(their life) buries them.Craftsman began to die with the US auto industry. 1971-1972. Sears will soon be a relic of the past.
It’s owned by retarded monkeys too damn stupid to know they had a fully established “” before ever existed !.Jeff was spanking it to their lingerie section before Amazon was even a thought ! It was called “The Sears-Roebuck catalog” ! I ordered EVERYTHING out of it including guns, ammo, fishing rods, tools,clothes, boots, car parts.Even vegetable seeds and tulip bulbs in the spring ! It was the ultimate rural survival tool.
Greed, arrogance and ignorance saw to it’s demise.
Thank you Jeff Bezos for bringing it back—-uber tech !

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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