Boice Crane tablesaw upgrade

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Blog entry by devann posted 03-08-2011 11:24 PM 6958 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to do some improvments to my tablesaw and I finally got the first one done. My tablesaw is a Boice Crane and has been around for while. I know only the old timers have heard of a Boice Crane, thought y’all might like a trip down memory lane. It’s a second hand tablsaw but it does what a tablesaw is suppose to do, and that’s all that matters. I’ve been wanting to box in the bottom and hook up the vacum to it. I made some before and after pictures so here you go.

Here I added a couple pieces of metal stud to form the box.

Here it is boxed in and ready to go. The material used to build the box is FRP (fire retardant panel). It’s that stuff you see covering the walls in the kitchen and bathrooms at your favorite fastfood joint.

Now I’m ready for an outfeed extension.

Update. I went digging around the web and found a shop manual. This saw is a 1964 Model 4500 that they called the Challenger. So, it’s not as old as I thought it is.
I made four plywood inserts for the saw blade today. The metal one that is on the saw has been modified to accept a dado setup. I don’t like a big hole around my blade so I made a snug insert, 0/90, and left three blank for whatever angle I encounter in the future. I’ll post y’all some pictures when I get the outfeed table done.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 11:59 PM

That is a nice vintage table saw. I had never seen a Boice Crane TS. I would love to have a Boice Crane oscillating spindle sander. All the Boice Crane machinery I see on craigslist locally seems to be priced very high.
Thanks for the post

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 03:23 AM

Does that saw tilt to the left? That is does the blade tilt left? Do you have to take your front seal panel off to tilt the saw? You have done a fine job on that project. Thank you for sharring.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 04:31 AM

No sir Nils, it tilts right. I’m guessing but I’m thinking the saw was made sometime between 1930- 1950 it’s old. The saw weighs a ton too. I don’t know how much it really weighs but I need two or three buddies to help me move it.
Yes, I will have to take off the panel that I placed around the tilt handle. Duct tape is holding on both panels you see to the saw frame in the bottem photograph.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 06:05 AM

I do have another tablesaw with a left tilting balde. It’s an 8 1/2” portable tablesaw that I built myself. I have been using it for more than ten years, mostly the jobsite. It has a 34”x29 1/2” top, is 33 5/8” tall and will fit in the backseat of a chevy corsica if I need it to.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 12-18-2020 05:27 PM

You mentioned in 2011 you found a manual for your saw. I have a Challenger also and have been looking for more information. I would love to see a manual. The saw was my dad’s, and I’m putting it to use again. I need to make some adjustments. Thanks.

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