I need help finding an insert for my old craftsman table saw

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07-16-2011 12:04 AM

Hello All,

I have been trying to tune up my old craftsman table saw (113.29943). Last night when I was trying to get the orginal insert to level with the tabletop, i realized that it has a slight bend to it and would not level completely in the middle. Went online to to search for a replacement, but turns out Sears doesn’t sell it anymore (obviously) and they did not suggest an alternate either.

I was wondering if someone here knows where to buy a replacement insert for my model or knows of a Sears part number that can just drop in without any modifications?


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#1 posted 07-16-2011 12:11 AM

what size is it. I have an extra one that is 3 3/4” x 14”. It won’t fit mine.

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#2 posted 07-16-2011 12:40 AM

You can actually make your own inserts yourself….both zero clearance or dado inserts are easy to make on this tablesaw….I know….I have one, also. I’ ve had it since about 1985, and I’ve made about 5 each. I still have the original inserts (both), but hardly ever use them. You could probably take a hammer and a 2×4 and straighten out the bend, but be very careful when doing that.. These old saw parts are scarse as hen’s teeth anymore, so good luck finding one, or both…...

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#3 posted 07-16-2011 01:09 AM

As for the original inserts for your saw – without a doubt, the bay. I recently purchased a dado blade set for my old Craftsman 113.29901. I wanted the original dado insert and bought one from ebay. In the original box, still with documentation – near as I can tell, it had never been used. Less than $20 with shipping.

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#4 posted 07-16-2011 02:25 AM

I measured the one I have and it is 3 3/4” x 14”.

Don: send me a message if you are willing to part with yours.

Rick: If I go the route of making my own, what material should I use and any plans I can use?


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#5 posted 07-16-2011 02:36 AM

Craftsman Dado Molding head insert 922290

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#6 posted 07-16-2011 03:04 AM

I made my own out of plywood. Link; :

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#7 posted 07-16-2011 03:11 AM

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#8 posted 07-16-2011 03:18 AM

I bought Leecraft phenolic inserts at for my Craftsman saw. They work great. They come with the bottom of the blade area hollowed out, which helps since the blade on the old Craftsman saws don’t retract enough. Try the following link out.

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#9 posted 07-16-2011 05:06 AM

I made mine from 1/4” Baltic Birch plywood, and put little screws on the back side for leveling. I used my old insert for a pattern and routed the new ones from that. But you have to have an old insert to do that, and you don’t have one. If you find an insert from one of the places the guys above pointed out, then you can use it for a pattern. I would buy both…a regular insert and a dado insert. I’ve never bought a store-bought insert, so I can’t tell you much about them.

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#10 posted 07-16-2011 05:30 AM

Here is another “home made” one that might give you some ideas:
Rick is right – get a hammer and fix the old one but eventually you’ll want a zero clearance insert.

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#11 posted 07-16-2011 01:59 PM

Unlike most saws, the 113.xxxxxx inserts are only about 3/32” thick. The depth of the throat is slightly more than 3/16”. Most materials thin enough to fit are not strong enough to avoid flex. One can use thicker material and route a rim on the underside or otherwise reinforce the bottom of the insert.

I’ve been using 3/16” polycarbonate (Lexan) and gluing a ~1” rib to the center of the underside. I even took it a step further and installed an adjustable splitter and blade cover.

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#12 posted 07-16-2011 03:07 PM

Tool junkie,Can you post a picture of the insert.I have 3 inserts off my old craftsman table saw.
I junked out the saw but I kept the inserts,so I don’t know the model number.

I made my own inserts for the saw I have now out of
I ordered a sheet 3/8×4”x48” and used the bandsaw to cut it to the shape of the old insert.
The I used the router free handed to allow for the leveling bosses and the thickness on the edge.
This plastic is strong and slick.I got three inserts out of one sheet.

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#13 posted 07-16-2011 05:04 PM

I also have a Craftsman TS. However, the first thing I did was toss the insert in the junk drawer and replaced it with homemade zero clearance inserts made of ½” or ⅜” ( I forget which ) MDF. I use the actual insert only as a pattern to make new inserts. To level them I use small wood screws on the bottom. I make about 5 of them at a time for different saw blades and different dado widths. Works like a dream and when one gets screwed up for some reason – I make another. It only takes a few minutes to make one or more.

-- Don

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#14 posted 07-19-2011 02:25 AM


My insert is exactly like the stock on in the following post (the middle one).

I think I will end up making one out of the materia you suggested.


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#15 posted 07-19-2011 04:56 AM

If you can’t find one, make one out of Lexan. That is great for TS inserts. You can cut them on the band saw and sand them to fit perfect. Making 2 is a snap for a close fit and dados. If they have to be thinned out around the perimeter, use a router at a slower speed. That polyethylene above looks like a good choice too and it is cheaper than Lexan.

good luck….........Jim

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