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Forum topic by Jimi_C posted 08-09-2009 03:58 PM 3812 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jimi_C

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08-09-2009 03:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw craftsman

I’m a novice wood worker, just trying to get started, and have been hunting around ebay/Craigslist to find some decent tools cheap. Last Friday, I found a large, good looking Craftsman table saw in my local area offered for $100 and snatched it up. After getting it home, I started looking around on Sears parts site for replacement of a few pieces that were missing (notably the fence), but I also noticed the insert section (part #184 on this diagram) was missing, but is now discontinued (of all parts, why this one???).

The model # of this saw is 137.228010, which from my research indicates it is a Sears saw made by Rexon. Does anyone know where I can get a compatible insert for this? I don’t think I’d have any problems with it if I left it missing, my primary concern is that too much sawdust/scrap might fall into there and cause the blade to seize up, so I would like to replace it. Worst case scenario, I figured I could fabricate something out of MDF or whatever in the right dimensions that’d work well enough.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"


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#1 posted 08-09-2009 10:43 PM

Looks like you are in the fabricating business, good luck ;-))

-- 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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#2 posted 08-10-2009 12:02 AM

Not quite yet :) I bought it to rip down large sheets of plywood for kitchen cabinets, and hopefully to do raised panel doors as well. For $100, that saw seemed like a steal.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 02:53 AM

Using it without an insert is asking for an accident to say nothing about major chip out.

Makiing your own insert is not a big deal There are many posts on this website as to how.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 03:40 AM

Joe had the best solution… make your own insert. Another partial solution is to make a simple table top sled that runs in the miter track. That would help for cross cuts. Problem I ran into is that I needed the insert or the sled available so I could safely make the insert or sled… a catch 22 situation.

Without the insert an accident will happen… been there done that… type of amateur experience. There are some videos out there on the web that show how to make these things. Good luck and do it safely.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 04:09 AM

I agree with you guys, I don’t plan on running it without something in place there. I’ll definitely search through the projects/forums here for tips on creating inserts. This should be easy to fabricate, since it’s not the insert with the slot for the blade, it’s just the cover to access the bolt for the blade (I guess someone in the past got sick of having to unscrew it to swap out blades and lost it). That’s why I find it funny that of all the parts for this, a simple piece of metal seems to be the only discontinued part…

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 04:30 AM

That’s probably the only part they ran out of from the last production run.

-- 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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#7 posted 08-13-2009 03:17 AM

Sell it, and I am not trying to be a wiseguy, It will give you untold frustration, cutting long panels, the blade will not be accurate enough for squaring up said panels. Been there done that. You will be sneaking up on cuts cause the thing will not cut square.

These saw were not made or designed for anything other than cutting 2X4’s before chop saws.

-- Round tuit's don't do it, just get a round toit, avaiable where buckets of steam are sold.

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