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09-06-2018 05:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw refurbishing

After 46 years of faithfull service my Craftsman 113 series table saw blew a bearing. I was cleaning the belt cover and, while removing the belt, the blade turned creating a clicking sound. After a few minutes of examination and a measurement with my dial indicator I realized that the arbor had developed a bad bearing. The dial indicator showed about .003” deviation as I moved the arbor up and down with my hand. After removing the arbor and further examination, the rear bearing seemed to be OK but the front bearing clicked when rotated. I decided to replace all of it, arbor and rear bearing.

I found the arbor shaft/bearing at Sears much cheaper that any on eBay and I had my choice of sources for the rear bearing on eBay. Apparently that bearing is used in many other tools.

All the parts arrived this week and I will put everything back in place this weekend.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#1 posted 09-06-2018 05:37 PM

Wow! That’s a long time for a bearing to last!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 09-06-2018 07:12 PM

I just love hearing stories like this..


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 09-06-2018 07:18 PM

They used quality bearings. The bearings in my ‘58 Powr Kraft bandsaw were just fine. I did have to change the bearings in my ‘58 Craftsman lathe, they were starting to go.

-- Rick M,

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Bill White

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#4 posted 09-06-2018 08:15 PM

Still goin’ with the original bearings on my ‘52 C’man/KingSeely drill press.

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#5 posted 09-06-2018 09:40 PM

Well, old friend, if you get that kind of life-span from the next bearing, you should be all set !

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Tom Regnier

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#6 posted 09-07-2018 02:09 AM

So glad to hear that your able to repair your saw. I own a similar one and they’re just great !

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DeLayne Peck

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#7 posted 09-07-2018 05:35 AM

I hope you live longer than your bearings!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#8 posted 09-07-2018 06:01 AM

I hope you live longer than your bearings!

- DeLayne Peck

Perhaps the best thought I’ve ever seen in a woodworking forum.

I think that is the thing a person finds when playing with “old iron” It simply was made better, out of MUCH longer lasting parts. Even the lowly Sears .113’s are made like tanks. Early 80’s and I was still working part time at Sears, and I sold a bunch of those saws. I think going through life flipping tools quite a bit I saw many of them again, and most were wearing very well 20 to 30 years later. That would be a wonderful thing to see in today’s plastic patch.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 09-07-2018 02:56 PM

My Sears Craftsman Radial Arm Saw, purchased in 1970 new, by me, is still on its original bearings. It does most of the crosscut in the shop, so it gets the heaviest usage. My miters get cut with my super sled, so I don’t even have a chop saw at this shop.

They also don’t make manuals like they used to. I still have the original manual for that RAS, vinyl covered and spiral bound with a plastic spiral. It opens up flat, unlike todays manuals, if you happen to get one. Mostly, nowadays, I go up to the internet and download a pdf, print it and store it in a loose leaf notebook.

Ah, for the good old days, when tools were tools and I was young enough that I could read the manual without a magnifying glass… (-:

Now, if they would build tools with adjustable vibration rates that I could synchronize with my tremor, then we would we would really have something… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 09-07-2018 04:58 PM

Thanks for the kind thought DeLayne!

therealSteveN next is my Craftsman belt/disc sander as the bearings on that are “screaming replace me”; alas, this sander is not built like my table saw.

Tools that vibrate activate my rheumatoid arthritis!
I was given a Ryobe detail sander that vibrates so vigorously I cannot not use for more that a couple of minutes.
I don’t use it very often!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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