Free is a 4 letter word
A few months ago, my husband and I got a tablesaw (among other things) from an aunt that was clearing out after years of hoarding…I mean, collecting stuff at estate sales. We'd never had a tablesaw before, so we were pretty excited to get it, even knowing that it was far from in perfect condition. Even if it needed some work, it was still better than just having a skillsaw, right?
Well, yes and no. ;-)
After blowing out the motor, the first thing we did was ask on here about how to fix some bearings on the motor and clean up the top. Fellow Jocks were extremely helpful, and I got the top cleaned up and waxed to a pretty respectable slickness.
And then disaster struck. The motor gave out shortly after we replaced the bearings.
Even though we knew that it was a possibility, we were mid project, and needed a table saw. Craigslist (for once) to the rescue! We ended up buying an older Delta direct drive saw (we've nicknamed her "the screamer") to finish our project, but frankly, neither of us like her as much as the Craftsman, so after reading quite a few positive reviews, we replaced the Craftsman's motor with a 1.5 HP motor from Harbor Freight. I also went ahead and bought one of those v-link belts while I was at it, since the old one was fraying pretty badly.
Then, while tightening the fence one day I noticed that the T portion of the fence where it tightens down was cracked.
It was an old crack, and the previous owner had screwed through it to hold it together, but it was crumbling around the screws and the fence was as terrible as everyone had said anyway, so I again asked my fellow Jocks about finding one on the cheap. As it turns out, there is no such thing as a cheap table saw fence, so I grit my teeth and shelled out the cash on a new ShopFox (Aluma-Classic) fence. In for a penny, in for a pound, right? Plus, the fence could ostensibly be used for any saw that we might end up with in the future, so it's not a total loss, even if our bank account did send accusatory glances our way.
Fair warning, the Aluma-Classic doesn't just bolt up to a Craftsman 113 saw. Or at least not ours. So for now, we have a lovely white fence and it's rails hanging around in the garage waiting for us to install it. As soon as we work up the nerve to drill into the cast iron top.