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Forum topic by cdpearson posted 08-21-2014 09:54 PM 1259 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2014 09:54 PM


I need some advice that goes way beyond my knowledge. I am a novice woodworker, but I am in the process of upgrading some of my tools. I snagged a Craftsman 113.298 off CL for $50, but it was fence-less. Looking at fence options, it looks like the Delta T2 is the best buy right now. That being said, I am going to have $250-$300 in a saw that I’m not sure is worth it. Just looking for my best options.

I saw this on CL as well:

10 Inch blade Craftsman Tablesaw

Any ideas on what it would take to get it operational? I’ve asked the owner for more information, but nothing yet. Just thought I would pick yall’s brain before I got too involved with going this direction.


-- Derek, Arkansas,

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 08:14 PM

Offer him $200, might settle with $225; for $275-300 you are done. I have no experience with the Craftsman 113’s but they get generally favorable comments.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 09:58 PM

I emailed him. Not sure how I missed that one. I know the 113’s are decent saws, but am I sinking more $$ into a saw that is limited, rather than just getting a better saw?

Is the saw I posted even worth taking a look at?

-- Derek, Arkansas,

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#3 posted 08-22-2014 10:10 PM

Not sure I would touch a table saw that was listed as broken, unless you really know what you are doing. Just a few of the right parts can vault the cost to more than a new saw.

The 113 can be a good saw. The biggest shortcoming was always the factory fence, which most people replace anyhow. I have one and replaced it with a Shop Fox fence (The T2 was out of stock everywhere at the time or probably would have gone that route). If you don’t want to spend the money on an aftermarket fence, yet, original ones are usually available on ebay for around $50. I’d recommend just biting the bullet and putting a better fence on now.

That Bies would be a great option, if you can snag it.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 08-23-2014 12:49 AM

Those Craftsman hybrid saws are not bad. Quiet and
smooth running, good dust collection.

I figure the seller doesn’t know much about table

People like to rag on Craftsman machines but they
are generally stoutly made where it counts. I agree
that replacing parts can be a rabbit hole. Those
saws are robust enough though… I figure it’s
juts something jammed up.

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#5 posted 08-23-2014 01:03 AM

I’ll have a Shopfox Classic fence from my new Grizzly 1023 soon as I’m getting an Incra with a router table, I’d sell it to you for cheap considering what it will cost to ship it to you, if your interested shoot me a message.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#6 posted 08-23-2014 01:03 AM

I have the Rigid version of this saw, and from what I have seen they all pretty much look the same as far as these hybrids go (with exception to a few small features here and there). They are great saws for starters and seasoned woodworkers. I would get a more in depth explanation about “the damage”. Does the blade wobble significantly? Or is there an issue with the stop mechanism when removing the nut from the spindle? $200 bucks for it isn’t bad depending on the reference on the damage.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#7 posted 09-26-2014 07:32 PM

Just wanted to post an update.

Decided to take a chance on the Craftsman. Brought it home (a whole other forum post… heavy piece of metal), took it apart, and upon further investigation I noticed the whole arbor/trunnion had shifted.

Long story short, I got it back straight, put it back together and shazam. Cuts like a dream. I’m about 1/64” off from from to back after the five cut method, and I haven’t touched the table mounts yet.

Needless to say, I’m very satisfied.

Thanks for all the replies!

-- Derek, Arkansas,

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#8 posted 09-26-2014 07:37 PM

Pals, link belt, fence. It can be a great saw

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 09-27-2014 02:24 PM

cdpearson… about a few pics of the saw you got. i noticed a reference to a 113 series c-man in the opening post and then references to a c-man hybrid saw. the 113 is not a hybrid. so what saw did you get? the $50 opening post saw? if yes, and the motor, cabinet and innards are in good shape, it’s the basis for a nice little hobby woodworking saw. i have two of them and gave up a 3 hp unisaw to keep those two saws.

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

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