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Posted on Worth repairing/upgrading Craftsman 113?

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#1 posted 05-07-2018 09:13 PM

I’ve had a 50’s 113 for a few years now, (picked it up for $20 at a yard sale) had the original fence and two wings, one cast-iron and one made by the previous owner. I had more problems trying to get that original fence to square-up than I care to admit and the rail was broken too but, I eventually figured out a system to get relatively straight cuts on it until I got fed-up with measuring front to back and still being off somehow. I do want to upgrade the motor to a 2 or 3hp sometime down the road and design a cabinet for it that includes dust collection but, for now, it works pretty darn well with a sharp blade.

I just recently upgraded the fence to the one that John Heisz designed plans to make for $10. Didn’t take long to build, only cost me the plans, a 1/2 sheet (24”x48”) of 1/2” Birch and a few screws, washers and nuts for the rail to mount to the original fence mounting holes. Works like a charm, dead straight every time I set it and clamp it down. Nice to only have to measure once and know its where it’s supposed to be.

Is it worth putting money into? In my opinion, I can’t afford an expensive cabinet saw at this point so, I work with what I have. I like the saw for what it is, it’s still runs like a champ and as long as it’s cleaned and lubed from time to time, it should last another 50+ years… Worth it to me for sure. YMMV

I enjoy working with the saw even more today than the day I brought it home.

Good luck with your efforts.

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