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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 09-09-2018 09:00 PM 494 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tedstor

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09-09-2018 09:00 PM

So I’ve had this Craftsman 315/Delta T2 combo for several years now. It’s been a dependable machine that Has generally served me very well. However, lately the saw just hasn’t been behaving, and the quality of cuts has diminished. It’s been bogging down on jobs that it previously breezed right through, and I was even pretty sure the arbor had become warped as my blade seemed to be wobbling a bit.
Over the years, numerous little issues have developed….even the power cord was frayed, and the machine would cut off unexpectedly.
The top had developed some rust, the mobile base was slightly bent, etc, etc.
None of these issues, on their own, were particularly insurmountable (aside from the arbor thing). Nonetheless, I began haunting Craigslist for a replacement saw as getting the 315 back into shape seemed like more of a headache than it was worth.

Anyway, being a coldish, rainy day today, which ruined my plans to go hiking, I decided to thourougjly evaluate the 315 to decide if it was even worth selling. My inclination was to strip off the fence and motor, and take the rest to the dump.
First thing I did was look at the arbor. I quickly realize the arbor was fine. It’s just that some crud had become embedded on the inner edge of the arbor disc. Cleaned it off….and bingo!! The blade spun true again. This made me re-think trashing the saw, and to perhaps get it into good enough shape to sell.

So I pulled out my 1-2-3 blocks and combo square, and got to work on re-tuning everything. Re-aligned the trunnions, fence, Incra miter guage, bevel adjustment, drive belt, etc. After a couple hours, I had everything within spec.

At this point, I’m feeling pretty good about the saw, and decided to repair the mobile base and power cord.
I also re-cut a zero clearance insert to fit a fresh blade and gave the saw a good clean and wax.

Then the moment of truth…....I fired up the saw, and cut a couple pieces of scrap hickory flooring to size that I had planned to use for a shopmade drill press fence. Viola’!!!! The saw had never cut better.

It took 3-4 hours. But I think the saw has earned another few years of service in my small shop.
Admittedly, I kind of wanted to find something new. But the Craftsman is good enough for my meager needs.


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 09-10-2018 03:33 AM

The 2 things you don’t mention is if the table was squared, and for a contractor saw using PALS makes that easy.

PALS

The other would be to replace your drive belt. I’ve found the red link belts from Accu Link are the best Definitely stay away from the green junk HF sells.

That would complete a good TS tune up, especially if it had a lot of use on it.

Kinda nice seeing a few hours time spent on a major tool have such a huge effect.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Tedstor

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#2 posted 09-10-2018 01:20 PM

Yeah. I’ve considered adding PALS on a few occasions. It’s usually right after I spent an hour loosening and tightening four trunnion mounts…..cursing and swearing along the way. I might buy the kit, and install it the next time I tune up the saw.

I have link belts on a couple of my machines. They are convenient for when you’re unsure what size v-belt you need. But a good quality v-belt works fine, and only cost like 5 bucks.

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dday

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#3 posted 09-10-2018 01:29 PM

Cool!! I love to see a machine brought back to life. I hear a lot of complaints about equipment from people, and then realize they’ve never cleaned / changed a blade. They never checked the alignment of a fence or the blade to miter slot alignment. If you tune them up occasionally, keep the blades clean and sharp and you’ll have a safer and more enjoyable tool for years to come.

Congrats on getting yours back and saving some money to buy more wood. :)

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bilyo

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#4 posted 09-10-2018 02:12 PM


The other would be to replace your drive belt. I ve found the red link belts from Accu Link are the best Definitely stay away from the green junk HF sells.

- therealSteveN

I concur with the use of link belts. While I’m not a huge fan of most of the Harbor Freight stuff, I have used the green link belt for several years without any problems.

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smitdog

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#5 posted 09-10-2018 02:29 PM

I love it and it drives me nuts at the same time when I find an issue like you had with the arbor. Makes you think, “Why didn’t I check that X months ago??” But sometimes you just can’t think of it when you need to, LOL! Good on you for putting the time into that saw and saving it from the junkyard.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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Ripper70

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#6 posted 09-10-2018 03:59 PM


The other would be to replace your drive belt. I ve found the red link belts from Accu Link are the best Definitely stay away from the green junk HF sells.

- therealSteveN

I concur with the use of link belts. While I m not a huge fan of most of the Harbor Freight stuff, I have used the green link belt for several years without any problems.

- bilyo

My experience has been on par with bilyo. The HF link belts are made in Italy (or at least they used to be) and have performed well for me on the several machines I’ve used them on. One of the best HF values, IMHO.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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