Play in Tilt Adjustment in Crasftman 113 table saw

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Forum topic by KerryL posted 08-28-2018 03:01 PM 284 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2018 03:01 PM

Hello all,

I’m the new owner of a Craftsman 113.298032 table saw. I spent last night doing some tune up, and I discovered that the tilt adjustment has about 1/8” of slop in it (measured at the end of the tilt leadscrew). The slop appears to be due to the fit of the spherical bearing in the sheet metal housing on the right-hand side of the saw. I pulled the bearing/leadscrew assembly out, and the spherical bearing certainly appears to be worn, but I’m not sure if it’s worn enough to account for all of the 1/8” of play in the shaft. The side of the saw base (which is half of the bearing housing) does not appear to be deformed or excessively worn.

Does anyone have any experience with this saw? Is it normal to have some slop in this bearing? I see these assemblies listed on eBay, so I could probably pick one up, but I don’t want to buy one only to find out that it has the about the same fit as the one that I’ve got.



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#1 posted 08-28-2018 03:36 PM

Kerry – some of those old CM saws were used in the commercial arena.
parts wear out – they sell it and buy another one.
the problem I have is a worn screw gear – but, not bad enough yet
to warrant spending the time and effort in changing it out.
there are a couple of worm gears on e-bay if you think you need a new one.
you need to know some measurements prior to trying to find one.
same with any bearings that you think you may need.


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#2 posted 08-28-2018 04:07 PM

Kerry – to my knowledge the only 2 places that could be accounting for that play is either in the ball joint area where the shaft goes through the side of the saw, or where the threaded part of the rod actually threads into the swiveling pin that’s attached to the arbor assembly. I’m guessing either the threads are worn on the arbor side or the ball joint is worn out on the wall side – or you may be able to tighten up the plates on the side that hold on to the ball?

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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