Skil saw arbor

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Blog entry by woody101 posted 05-27-2012 10:24 PM 2706 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m very new to woodworking and the woodworking tools. I have a Skil table saw model 3400. Without doing any homework, I bought a dado blade for it. The trouble is the arbor is too small for the dado. Is there anyway to replace the motor for one with a bigger arbor? Thank You

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 11:17 PM

I think you would be better off with a different saw than trying to make it work I have used a skil table saw before and other than light ripping you can’t do much with it. A lot of people around here use the older craftsman table saw made by emerson. If a different saw isn’t in the works you might use a router with a straight edge.

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#2 posted 05-28-2012 05:43 AM

The skil-type/size table saws are ok for small DIY projects around the house. The motor on the skil TS is a universal. A real screamer. Usually there are no options to trade out motors, except for a like-kind replacment. If you have been bitten by the woodworking bug, and since you bought a dado set then yeah, you have, you will probably want to search CL for table saws under tools. Look for grizzly, delta, powermatic, craftsman or jet brands with 2 to 3hp, and spin a 10” blade. They run induction motors using a belt and pulley system. If the motor is exposed, hanging off the back, it is a contractor model. If under the table, then a cabinet or hybrid. Both will run a dado set, no problem. Not knowing your location, I would still bet you can find an older contractor-type craftsman in good condition for $150 within reasonable driving distance if you look around. You may need to spend a couple of hours cleaning it up. The other models will start at around $400. A good motor, cast iron table, fence system will change your woodworking world. No comparison. So what eatsawdust said.

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#3 posted 05-28-2012 03:27 PM

At one time. I had some donated table saw blades that had arbor holes too large. However, someone put in some reducers, basically washers that the the blade hole and the arobor on the table saw. They had been punched around the edge of the washer with a center punch to keep them in place. Had one that kept coming loose but never caused a problem as long as care was taken to keep the washer in place when placing it on the arbor.

Don’t know where you could get them. Perhaps a machine shop could make some.

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#4 posted 05-28-2012 06:17 PM

Thank you all, my question was answered. Now to CL to look for a new(used) table saw with the proper arbor length. Thanks again.

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