Craftsman 315 vs 113?

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Forum topic by Surfing_Squatch posted 03-23-2018 12:48 PM 2071 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2018 12:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman table saw 11322940 315228310 tablesaw

LumberJocks, Been teaching myself woodworking for ~9 months now. I started with a Craftsman 315.228310 that I purchased on CL, de-rusted, cleaned up and tuned thanks to the help of the woodworking content on YouTube. I made a melamine jig that lays over the spotty fence and I placed a Freud thin kerf rip cut blade on it. It worked well then 3 months ago it would bog down and couldn’t cut through 1/4” construction ply. I disassembled and cleaned the entire saw, added a link belt and most importantly I replaced the arbor and motor bearings. It now cuts through 3/4” Baltic birch like butter. I can get repeated 3’ rip cuts within a few thousandths (well, according to my extremely accurate Harbor Freight Caliper…) using my fence setup. However, I push the fence toward the back while locking it down and it is hard to make small movements from a previous fence setting. I’m looking to start building more challenging projects so I found a Vega Pro 50 on CL for cheap that also came with a 113.29940 tablesaw. I have also de-rusted the cast iron, disassembled and cleaned the dust out of the motor and guts of the 113 saw. As much as I would love to keep both I just don’t have the space. I’m wondering which saw you would recommend keeping? The 315 or the 113? I will add the Vega fence to the one that I keep and sell the other one. I’ve added pics of the 315 and will add pics of the 113 once I reassemble it.

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#1 posted 03-23-2018 02:04 PM

The 113 saw was made by KingSeely for C’man. I have a ‘50s era drill press by KS, and it has served me VERY well for many years. Will be interested in seeing pics if ya get it.

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