|Forum topic by bigbird||posted 05-06-2009 04:53 PM||2571 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
05-06-2009 04:53 PM
I am in the middle of finishing a garage pool room project. I have some really nice 1”x 6” X 10’ tounge and grooved paneling that I am planning on using in the pool room. I am going to need a table saw to do things right.
I thought about either buying a new one or renovating a 40-50 year old Craftsman table saw my father in law gave me. The saw has sat in a barn for at least the past 20 years so I know the motor, bearings and belt will need attention. It has a 7 1/4” blade on it now but I don’t know if this is the correct size. Does anyone know what size blade is correct for the older saws? Also the motor has a single pully and the blade arbor has a double pulley. Should the motor have a double pully also? The table is smooth and the fence and other parts are all in good condition.
Also, this saw is heavy and needs to be mounted on better balanced and larger more stable table or stand.
Is this worth fixing up or should I just bite the bullet and buy a modern 10” table saw. Thanks
Edit: 5/7/09 I haven’t locate a serial number on the saw, of course I don’t know where to look.. I did remove the motor and used a air compressor to remove the dust and debris. The switch works but the old paper starting capacitor is brittle and doesn’t look too good. The motor is a Craftsman 3/4 hp with a dual 5/8” shaft. It seems to run OK believe it or not. I plan to disassemble the saw so I can clean and lub the shafts and adjustments. The table is free of dents dings and such. And the fence locks and is straight as far as I can see. I suspect this saw was originally an 8” blade as there was a single old blade slightly larger than the other 7 1/4” blades in the box of stuff that came with the saw. I think a 7 1/4” blade will be OK for working with the paneling. When my father in law gave us this saw he also gave us a Craftsman jointer I forgot about. I’ll look at that this week end.