New to me tablesaw

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Project by Greg Sherman posted 05-28-2019 03:20 PM 945 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks,
I picked up a “new to me” 1 1/2 hsp. Craftsman tablesaw with a very heavy old school cast and machined top.
I was told it was a 1950-1960 vintage saw. And it does look like the saw from shop class 45 years ago. I didn’t do much to it, just a quick clean up. I knocked all the rust off the top of the table with WD-40 then lightly sanded with 400. I used the orbital sander to take the rust off the cabinet and resprayed with some very closely matching paint.
Rewired a plug and it runs perfect. I am in the process of changing all the old belts on the shop machines and upgrading to the “link” style belts. I am really impressed with the new belts- easier to install and adjust and I believe they run quieter.
Thanks for checking out the “new to me” Craftsman tablesaw.

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#1 posted 05-28-2019 03:25 PM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-28-2019 04:23 PM

Nice work getting that good old saw back into shape. That was made when Craftsman tools and motors were really good!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 05-28-2019 05:04 PM

You got yourself an awesome old saw. It has a few more lifetimes left in it. No plastic to wear out.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#4 posted 05-28-2019 05:59 PM

Sweet! Nice restoration job. Probably a better saw than most of the new ones.

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#5 posted 05-28-2019 06:07 PM

Nice work, that’s one of the best table saw Sears ever sold. Enjoy!

-- Bob "jack of all trades, master of none"

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#6 posted 05-28-2019 10:27 PM

Beautifully done.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 05-28-2019 10:58 PM

Like Jim said. This is when Craftsmen made great tools.
What type of fence is on it and are you going to upgrade it?

-- James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 05-29-2019 02:42 AM

Way to go in breathing new life into a quality tool. Would rather this than a new one

-- Scooter G Designs

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#9 posted 05-29-2019 03:06 AM

I restored a Rockwell band saw and thoroughly enjoyed it—but I did upgrade many of the accessories with latest tech. So don’t let purity hold you back!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#10 posted 05-29-2019 11:15 AM

Built like a tank and they never die! You made a great choice and your restoration looks super.

-- AJ

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#11 posted 05-29-2019 08:00 PM

WOW, nice job on breathing second life into that saw.

Yeah, I love me some link belts. Up to 2HP they rock, not quite heavy enough over 2 though. Easy to adjust, and so quite to run. I have taken tools that walked across the floor on an old rubber belt with set in it, to sitting still, and so quite you didn’t know if it was running, just with a belt change.

Enjoy your saw.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 06-10-2019 02:25 PM

Congrats, they truly don’t make them like the used to.

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