Craftsman Table Saw 103.22171

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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 03-03-2014 10:26 PM 2913 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2014 10:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw vintage 8 tablesaw restoration craftsman craftsman tablesaw benchtop

I wanted to share my new tool, and hopefully get some good info and advice. This is my first table saw. I hope to restore this to something that’s pretty to look at and functional and most importantly… safe. I got this for free on Craigslist, so if it isn’t worth the time or effort, I can pass it along and and not regret picking it up. It’s a Craftsman 103.22171 benchtop table saw, 8 inch blade with what looks to be a 1HP Emerson motor (not original, I assume). The saw works, the motor is smooth and quiet, the top is relatively rust-free and flat, and it came with the miter guage and rip fence. Here are some pics.
I removed the top, did a quick vacuum. It was pretty caked in sawdust. I don’t know if I should attempt to take it completely apart, or leave the main mechanism intact and just clean it as best I can and lubricate the moving parts. The underside of the top is kind of rusty. Can I just paint over that with a rustoleum type enamel, or does that rust need to be attended to? Also, you can see the cord on the motor is damaged. It doesn’t seem to affect it’s operability, but I’d like to replace that. Hopefully that is a simple job that I can tackle. Otherwise, I’m just going to blow out the dust inside the motor, and leave it be. Maybe I’ll paint the casing to make it look pretty.
I didn’t have any luck finding a manual on the saw, but I did find one for 103.22161, which looks to be very similar. Hopefully that will help.
The blade on it was an 8-1/2”. I plan on getting a good quality 8” combination blade for it to start. Are there blade guards/splitters that work on these older saws? I also plan on installing a paddle type safety switch, instead on the light switch type that’s on it now.
The guy gave me the plywood stand that his dad cobbed together, but I plan on building a nice station with outfeed and tossing the plywood extension the guy made. The fence is pretty chintzy too, hopefully I can retrofit a quality fence in the future.
So, what are your thoughts? Is this a good find (keep in mind that it was free!!)? Should I replace the motor?
Thanks for looking!
Here’s some pics…

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 10:44 PM

I’ve seen a few of those around here. They are a nice saw, albeit limited on power and blade size. Excellent for free, on my opinion. Also, you can keep it for a dedicated setup if you ever upgrade to a more powerful saw. It isn’t a powermatic, but it can be made to be useful at that price.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 02:17 AM

That’s the beginnings of a nice little TS. I believe it was manufactured for sears by king sealy and probably pre dates the 60s. Add an nice fence ( delta t2 or vega 40), toss a good 40T combo blade on it and start making sawdust.

And look for a pair of webbed CI wings. It’ll provide a larger work surface and more vibration dampening mass.

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

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 05:46 AM

Hey Bugnurd. I have the same saw. Dad gave it to me. I was lucky that all the bearings were good or I wouldn’t have bothered with it. Check it out on my projects page.

Mine also was the “goldie” model but I painted mine gray. I have been looking for over a year now for the 20” cast iron extensions but no luck. I am currently putting together ideas for my new bench and I am going to incorporate the saw right into it.

I put a Diablo blade on it with a spacer from Ace Hardware to adapt the 5/8 hole to my 1/2” arbor. The link belt helped muchly. It is a teriffic little saw. Good luck with it.

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 06:04 AM

I don’t believe that was the original motor, but there is no need to replace it as long as it works.. cord is an easy fix. If you don’t want to do a restore, then I’d just use it as is.. clean it up a bit, give it a lube and run with it. Rust under the table isn’t going to hurt anything. If you do feel the need to paint, don’t paint over rust.. it will just re-appear. Either strip it to clean metal or at the very least, treat it with something like phosphoric acid first. Your best bet for info/advice/tips/etc… would be to go over to the owwm site and let them drool over it for a bit. There are some good pictures and quite a bit of info at the vintagemachinery site as well. Good luck with it.


PS: I just noticed that this thread is from the beginning of the year, so hopefully by now, any advice given above is completely unnecessary! In the words of Emily Litella: “Oh – Never Mind” :-)

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#5 posted 12-31-2014 08:14 AM

The Chinese don’t make em like they use to!

-- Rich

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#6 posted 12-31-2014 02:42 PM

Did someone cut away part of the sheet metal cabinet above the front hand wheel?

Spend a few hours down the rabbit hole of the Vintage Machinery site to see what can be done with that. Photo index and publication reprint, etc.

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#7 posted 01-01-2015 05:50 PM

Thanks for all the responses, old and new. I’ve actually been sitting on this for a while, so new advise is still relevant. I actually picked up another virtually similar saw for free (no motor). One of the slight differences was the front sheet metal cover didn’t have such a gaping hole, otherwise it fits perfect so I’ll use that. It also had some nice Craftsman badges that I’ll use. I plan on making the extra cast iron top into a dedicated sharpening/lapping station. We’ll see. I’m sure I’ll post any progress, but don’t expect anything soon. I got a few projects going that are a higher priority.

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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