Dave's Workshop #22: RIP, My Skil Table Saw

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 06-06-2017 01:37 AM 1490 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tonight I was using my table saw and it started slowing down and speeding up and coming to a stop quicker than usual. This was accompanied by a sort of scorching small. After completely unplugging the saw I tried turning the blade by hand. When it would move, it was hsard to spin and it would stop. I tried applying oil to the moving areas to no benefit. I’m 99.9% sure it’s the bearing.

Being a Skil saw I’m sure that even if I wanted to replace the motor, that I would either not be able to find one, and it likely costs nearly as much as a new saw of the same price range, IE it’s not worth going to the trouble.

BUT, my plan is not to just go buy an identical saw, or at least that’s not my plan A. My plan A is to ask my pastor what he would take for the craftsman table saw that he’s had in his garage sitting unused since the 20th century. It was a gift he got from his wife, but he doesn’t use it.

This of couse means I’ll have to remake all my TS jigs, but that may be a good thing since the ones I have were the fist I ever made. Mark II must be better, eh?

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#1 posted 06-06-2017 02:08 AM

I should probably mention that I was only cutting mahogany that was 3/8 inch thick.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#2 posted 06-06-2017 04:04 AM

If its just the bearings maybe you can replace just the bearings?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 06-06-2017 11:46 PM


Its sad news about your Skil Saw, now you have the opportunity to be able to put your saw to rest in piece.
Being the sexton you may be able to Identify a suitable plot at your church for it to be interned.

I had the sad task of having to bury my lawnmover some time ago and as it spent most of its working life on the lawn it was befitting that it should remain there albeit under the grass now.

It was a mamoth task, took me about 3 days maybe I should have folded the handle down and removed the catcher

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 06-07-2017 04:33 PM

Sorry to hear about your TS woes, Dave, but this is an opportunity to upgrade your saw, and make your woodworking that much more enjoyable.

I started out using an old Craftsman TS I inherited, and it just wasn’t very convenient to use. The fence never really worked all that well, and I ended up making a fence myself, which was more accurate, but still kind of a pain to get adjusted correctly. The table wasn’t very large, and it made cutting larger boards or plywood difficult. I spent more time (it seemed) fooling around with the saw, to get it adjusted correctly, than I did making cuts with it.

I finally decided to upgrade to a much better TS (SawStop), and have been very happy with it ever since I did. In fact, I often wonder why I waited so long…....... The new saw takes just a few seconds to get adjusted, and is very accurate. It’s a real pleasure to use.

You may find this to be the case when you upgrade your saw—let us know!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 06-08-2017 01:12 AM

I cannot afford any sort of major upgrade, but I’ve decided to pull the trigger on a Ryobi 10 in. portable (rts21g) . The saw itself is probably much as mine was, but it has an extendable table, an outfeed bar, and a slightly better fence. I had thoughts on asking my pastor about the Crafteman that sits unused in his garage, but It’s possible I’d just be asking for more of the same problem.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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