Took the tilting arbor out and cleaned tightened and lubed everything
Replaced arbor bearings
Added machined steel pulleys and a LINK BELT
Sturdied up the base
Squared everything to the miter slot
With the PALS system I ordered, but haven't received yet, I spent about $70 on upgrades. Bought the saw for $120, so for $190 I have a saw that performs as well or better than much more expensive saws.
Knot….yes it's the same blade. Diablo (Freud) 50T Combo blade. Bought it at home depot.
Toolie…Yeah, the PALS may actually be a little overkill. It is lined up pretty good just with a square and feeler gauge. But, my OCD tells me it is not perfect. LOL I can tell that there is a little error bacuase when I line the fence up to the blade with the fence right on the edge of the miter slot There is about a half millimeter difference across the 27" depth. That's only 20 thou. over 27" so I'm not sure how bad that really is.
I did use the factory fence, I've never had a fence that I didn't have to manually measure the distance to each side of the blade, but that takes me about 15 seconds.
I had that same saw for over 20 years. I did the same upgrades you did and also replaced the fence and rails. That was probably the most important upgrade.
I just replace it with a 3 HP Grizzly G0690. That was a vast improvement over the Craftsman.
I do believe that the Craftsman was actually made in the U.S. and it was a really good saw and it served me well.
I just couldn't cut thick stock without burning it. It just seemed under power for me.
Glad you are enjoying yours. It will last you for a very long time.
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