Pappy's old Saw, Craftsman, 103.22171, tilt arbor

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Project by HillWilly posted 08-21-2013 06:03 AM 4386 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of this series saws were gray with a gray anodized face plate. This one was painted gold with a gold face plate, but I didn’t duplicate the paint color. It was refered to in Vintage Machines as “goldie”.

The saw still sits on it’s original stand which I cleaned and painted and I added all shiny new hardware and used some salvaged butcher block for the decks. I borrowed the rear adjustable axles and wheels from my lawn mower and connected them together for a retractable foot operated feature and added retractable wheel barrow handles to aid in mobility.

The motor was a 1/2 hp. but I added a new/rebuilt 1 hp. mill with a Diablo, an Ace arbor adaptor and a link belt.

The motor and saw may be bench mounted later so I made it easily removable, and the cart was wired and switched so I can mount any machine that may be needed. I still have to fab up a down-lock for the wheels and build a shroud over the belt.

It’s workin HWEET!! Thanx Pappy.

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 12:43 PM

I have one, same vintage and original motor and pedestal stand. Can you give a bit more info on the Ace Arbor adapter. Thanks

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 12:54 PM

I just refurbished a late 70’s -early 80’s Craftsman a few weeks ago. It’s a powerhouse of a saw as well, but it’s nowhere near as cool as this one.

Great job!

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 02:35 PM

Hey and thanx to “theoldfart” and “Von”. This is my baby and takes a place in my heart right next to the old guns that my pappy passed down to me. I looked around for a while and finally found the adaptors at “Ace” hardware store and they came in a pack of 10 dirt cheap. I don’t know if this is a stock item but when I was there I had to ask several people, and finally the old guy knew what and where they were. As with the parts search for my old truck, ask the “gray hairs” that have been around forever.

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 03:46 PM

HillWilly.. this is very cool! I always like to see older woodworking tools “brought back to life”...

The cart also turned out very nice. Good idea mounting the switch in case you want to use it for another tool.

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#5 posted 08-23-2013 01:31 AM

What a great refurb you have completed. This is very nice looking saw, congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 04:51 AM

I had one and the bandsaw years ago.
Wish I had them back.
I was looking for more power and a larger blade which is no longer needed.
So much noise which is not wanted.

-- Quicksilver

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#7 posted 11-16-2013 12:29 AM

Okay. Now I see what it looks like.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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