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