returning old craftsman table saw to service

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Forum topic by bigbird posted 05-06-2009 04:53 PM 2739 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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.
Any suggestions on what else might need replacing is appreciated.

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.

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#1 posted 05-06-2009 06:06 PM

here is a link to a site that covers old tools has been very helpfull to me in the past

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#2 posted 05-06-2009 06:32 PM

That site should do it. but I know some had 9” blades.

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#3 posted 05-06-2009 07:18 PM

My grand pa’s ‘54 craftsman contractor saw is a 10”, if you can find the serial number that would help. Also, OWWM is a great place for the “older” tools, do a search there.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#4 posted 05-06-2009 10:44 PM

If you find the serial number check with sears parts. They still have a parts breakdown available on line on my 36 year old Sears Craftsman 10i inch Table Saw. Not many parts available but a good schematic picture of the saw. This might help you in fixing it up.

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#5 posted 05-07-2009 02:17 AM


What model # do you have? Eddy gave you the link to and you can find more examples of how great these old saw can look. I have a 113.29991. This is a 10” saw and if I put a 7 1/4” blade on it, it just would look right. It is possible you have an 8” saw. These are great saws also.

First thing to check is the alignment of the table to the blade, and the wellness of the bears: both on the arbor and the motor. If the saw is working correctly, these old saws will cut circles arounds saws made today.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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