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Forum topic by AtlantaSnoopy posted 03-28-2016 10:02 AM 1062 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2016 10:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman contractor saw table saw accessories out of stock parts

Skilsaw 10” table saw, MN#3400. SN# 08703. 13A,120V, 60Hz, 4800 rpm.

Okay, so I’m new here, and I’ve got a question about what to do with an older (okay, it’s just old…But it works for just about everything I do). I listed the model above. My first problem is what to do when I used a dado setup. The throat plate is nothing like what’s on the market today. It’s a thin metal rectangular plate that doesn’t accommodate a dado set up. I checked a parts supplier, several websites, in fact…found that the dado plate is no longer available (as are most of the parts for this sweet little saw and table). Does anyone have advice for fabricating one? It’s a very thin steel plate, not sure if I can really do anything but use it as a excuse to buy a new saw.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-28-2016 10:35 AM

My first table saw was an old 8” Craftsman I bought used. It came with a dado insert that was homemade. It had been jigsawed out of a metal plate – pretty crude but serviceable. I cleaned it up with some filing, sanding and even fabricated spring clips for it, similar to the original stock insert, out of an old hacksaw blade.
Long before I used the unavailability of a dado insert as an excuse to buy a new saw, I would put on my thinking cap and find a away to fabricate what was needed. It can’t be that hard.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 06:49 PM

I know you’re right but it’s soooo tempting….I’ve got my eye on a Delta 5000 15A, $899 at Lowe’s. But then I’ll be to poor to actually make stuff with it. The old saw is running fine but it truly isn’t nearly in the same class.

. I did buy an aluminum blank today at ACE to try to fabricate the plate. I’ve never done any metal fabrication but I’ve got a diamond-wheel attachment on the Dremel and the other similar but more powerful tools.

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 06:59 PM

I have to say, too…everything is hard when you aren’t sure of how to get from the idea to actually making it happen! I’ve got much more power tool and machinery experience than the average 40-something woman but I’m no expert. Trying to restore old machinery without manuals and finding most parts are obsolete…Well, it’s more roadblocks, instead of being productive, I’m wasting ask my free time trying to figure out what to do. Not complaining, i like working with my hands and fixing things. But it might be time to invest in some good equipment that I can develop my skills on, instead of struggling with make-it-work fixes? I really don’t know. This is the first time in my life I’ve been able to (a) afford new things, (b) don’t have my mechanical-genius father to fix things that are stumping me. I value your insight, though. I think I have been trying to justify a big purchase instead of just saying I want it, I can afford it, and it’s okay to let go of a tool that still works.

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 09:37 AM

You can try something like this:

Are you sure that arbor is long enough for a dado stack? I used to have a similar saw and it wouldn’t accommodate a dado stack.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#5 posted 03-29-2016 09:39 AM

Yes, it does.

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