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03-09-2009 02:53 AM

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Ok my problem is a have a good table saw that needs the fence adjusted again but my father didn’t give me the manual and now has lost it in a move to another city. I have looked all over the web and can’t find anything. If anyone knows where I can find the manual on the net or has a pdf copy they could send me that would be great. Then I can start to cut the strips for my canoe. The saw is a Craftsman 10” Table Saw. Model # 315.272450 Not sure how old the saw really is but I would guess 10-12yrs. Thanks again for any help.


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#1 posted 03-09-2009 02:58 AM

Trevor – you might call your local Sears – they can probably help with a manual.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 10:36 AM

I have an old craftsman table saw I bought in the 70’s. The fence sucks!! I’m going to forget it and build a cross-cut sled posted by John of Eagle Lake Woodworking. I’m tired of measuring it 5 times to get it parallel to the blade. I discovered a while back the blade doesn’t go al teh way to 45 either. I’ll make a jig for the sled that will solve that too.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 03-09-2009 12:30 PM

I agree with Betsy. Sears should be able to get you the manual.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 03-09-2009 02:56 PM

Trevor, more than likely the manual isn’t going to help you much, the fences on the older craftsman saws really aren’t very good, you will need to adjust the fence everytime you reset your ripping width. Most people just tap one end or the other over instead of useing a wrench. Top, I’m haveing a hard time understanding how a crosscut sled is going to solve your fence problem. The tilt issue there is probably a set screw for that in the top of the saw.

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#5 posted 03-09-2009 03:31 PM

To square the side of the fence to the table top, I had to loosen the four Allen head screws that hold the fence to the slider and use an old feeler gauge (like everybody use to use to set the gap on distributor points) inserted into the side that needed raising. that is the only adjustment for squaring that style of fence. Mine took a .025” gauge to square it up. I am looking for a fence that will fit my TS. Being it’s 20 years old isn’t helping matters any. I’m scarred of mail order it and then not fitting. My TS is a Craftsman model 315.228310. If anybody knows of a decent aftermarket fence, that will fit, please let me know.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#6 posted 03-09-2009 03:44 PM

Here ya go thelt, fence discussion.

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#7 posted 03-09-2009 07:44 PM

Woodchuck, The sled will be for small parts cutting. I will clamp the pieces to be cut on it. I have looked at the blade slope. It looks like it is as far as the casting allows it to go which is about 43 degrees. Of course for riping long pieces the sled will not work. The fence on the saw does not have a tight enough tolerance to come to 90 with the table consistently.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-09-2009 07:50 PM

Thanks everybody for the input I will contact my sears store and see what they say.

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#9 posted 03-09-2009 08:27 PM

You will have to go to their parts department which will probably be separate from the retail store.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 03-09-2009 08:47 PM

While my TS isn’t a Craftsman, it too has a lousy fence. Until I get around to buying or building a new one I pretty much do what Woodchuck suggests – adjust it every time. The way I do it is to set the center of the fence at the desired distance from the blade, but only snug the locking lever. I then measure the distance of the front of the fence to one of the slots and then the distance of the back of the fence to the same slot. I then tap the back of the fence until I get the same distance (within 1/64). After I’m confident that all is correct I completely tighten the lock and then if I am seriously paranoid on that day use a Quick Grip Clamp to further lock the back of the fence down.

By the way, I often use a Quick Grip on the rear trunnion to further lock things down.

-- Joe

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#11 posted 03-09-2009 08:59 PM

Top, did you look to see if there is a set screw ( usually allen head ) recessed in the cast iron top surface ?

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#12 posted 03-09-2009 09:23 PM

It’s been a while, like a few years since I looked at it. I think I was looking over the mechanism. I’ll take a look at the top and see if there are any ajusting screws there, thanks ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 03-09-2009 09:27 PM

Joe, that is the same BS I go through for accurate cuts. If I’m doing a rough or framing cut, I just make sure the back end of the fence is open in relation to the front so i don’t run into a squeeze between the fence and the blade.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 03-09-2009 09:37 PM

Top, I looked around on the net and from what I can tell there are 2 set screws recessed into the top of a Craftsman 315.228310, one on each side of the blade insert, one is for 90 degrees and the other one is for 45 degrees.

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#15 posted 03-09-2009 09:54 PM

Woodchuck, I took a look, but here isn’t anything obvious. My saw is from the mid to late 70s. Not sure of the model # anymore. It is sort of semi-buried right now. I’ll have to dig it out later this week and take a look. I’m leaving for an out of town job this PM.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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