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Forum topic by Jallen8289 posted 08-30-2016 04:41 PM 2642 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2016 04:41 PM

I just recently picked up 2 table saws at a garage sale for $90. One is a 113.29901 and the other is a 113.298030. Is either one of these a better model than the other? I am uploading pictures of both of them. I just wanted to see what you guys think I should do with them to get them into action. I would like to just make one good saw out of them and sell the other one. The fence on the 113.298030 is broken and has the sheet metal wings. It looks to have a new motor on it as well. The 113.29901 is in much better condition. It has metal adjustment wheels, cast iron wing extensions, and the fence is in working condition. I am not too fond of either base they are mounted on, are there any better options I should look at?

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#1 posted 08-30-2016 09:39 PM

I would say the 29901 (mostly because of the cast iron wings), but I’m biased. I’ve got a 113.29960 that I’m very happy with. The only issue I had was with the original fence (a little too much movement); I replaced it with an aftermarket version and it works like dream.

-- Phil

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#2 posted 08-31-2016 02:49 AM

Both of those saws look to be in decent shape. I would say that you did pretty well for 90 bucks. As mentioned above, I would also replace the 113 fence with an aftermarket fence. The Delta T2/T3 seems to be the preferred one, here.

As for the older saw, that thing looks practically unused. If you have room for both, I would dedicate that one for dado cuts and call it a day.

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#3 posted 08-31-2016 03:00 PM

I have a 113.29920 (similar to your 113.29960 – cast iron wings and all) that is awesome for everything but cutting dados/rabbets. It doesn’t have a blade height lock, and over a 4ft piece of plywood, the blade tends to drop quite a bit. But I did replace the fence with a Vega Pro 40 and I love it. I figure I can keep the fence should I ever need to replace the saw.

My saw has a 240V, dual belt motor on it, so I haven’t had any issues going through most wood. That fan and blower motor looks like it can be wired for 230V. Must have been used to drive some big fans…

I’m in the process of building a router table that can handle the dadoes and rabbets.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#4 posted 08-31-2016 07:17 PM

It doesn t have a blade height lock, and over a 4ft piece of plywood, the blade tends to drop quite a bit.

That’s interesting – I don’t think mine has a height lock, either, but I haven’t had any problems with my dado blades.

-- Phil

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#5 posted 09-03-2016 07:08 PM

I am definitely looking to upgrade the fence since the one that is on there is never lined up correctly. I will more than likely get the Delta T3. I think i will also swap the motors and keep the 113.29901 with the newer motor. I am also thinking about getting the machined pulleys and link belt. I am also thinking about building a table around the table saw so it will be more stable.

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#6 posted 09-03-2016 10:00 PM

I’d try the link belt, but would probably hold off on the machined pulleys unless it seems obvious that they need to be replaced. If you replace both at the same time, you won’t know which improvement did the most good. The T3 and a good blade should be nice upgrades for that saw.

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