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Forum topic by RyBo posted 07-13-2019 10:28 PM 397 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2019 10:28 PM

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I have my fathers craftsman 137.221960 saw. I really want to use it. Would be neat making stuff on the same saw he did. Most of the posts on here are about the 113 saws. My question would it be a waste of money and time to install a t2 fence on it, or any other tune up ideas. Any and all feed back is appreciated

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#1 posted 07-13-2019 10:34 PM

I hate to say you shouldn’t use your fathers saw, but I wouldn’t put a bunch of money into a direct drive saw. The 113’s you hear about are belt driven with a much nicer motor. They have a bigger table and are cast iron.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 07-13-2019 10:47 PM

I have a direct drive craftsman. I added the T3 fence to it and it works fine for me right now. I built a mobile base for it and like that I can push it up against the wall without worrying about the motor hanging off the back

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#3 posted 07-16-2019 09:50 PM

There are lots of people that have upgraded direct drive saw like yours and are happy with it. It all depends on what your saw can do, what you want to do with it and how long you plan on keeping it. I had a direct drive saw and I spent too much time adjusting it and the fence wouldn’t lock properly, the blade would constantly be out of square. I upgraded to one of the “zip code” saws and its been great for me. For me it wasn’t worth upgrading. I can’t say for you. I guess in the end you, even if your saw craps out tomorrow, you can always take the fence off and put it on a new saw.

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#4 posted 07-16-2019 10:19 PM

My question would it be a waste of money and time to install a t2 fence on it, or any other tune up ideas.
- RyBo

I can’t imagine how you would put an aftermarket fence like the T3 on that saw given the profile of the table top up front – but if Steve says it can be done, then I guess that just goes to show you that almost anything is possible with enough creativity and motivation :) I personally wouldn’t throw too much money at it.

I’d just run it as it is… it’s not too bad for occasional use as long as you don’t push it too hard or expect too much from it. It doesn’t take much to overheat and toast the motor due to it’s plastic housing, so let it rest and cool between cuts. One ‘upgrade’ I would suggest is to grind off those little tabs in the miter slots so you can use them with other stuff besides that crappy miter gauge it comes with – like a cross cut sled.


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#5 posted 07-17-2019 05:10 AM

If this is the saw in question, then I agree with Brad’s bewilderment on how you are going to mount rails for a T2 on it?

I also get using Dad’s tools.

A fine line, between what to do, but for safety, better results, and in general just a more robust tool, you may have to own 2 TS’s. Did Dad have any other tools, you could keep and use, so he is always in your shop?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 07-17-2019 12:15 PM

Thank you all. I found a delta 36-630 table saw a 37-280 joiner and a p9650 belt sander. All look to be in good condition all for 200 includes a dado blade set. Thoughts?

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#7 posted 07-17-2019 12:36 PM

Delta makes good equipment, so you should be fine with it. That’s a pretty good haul for the money involved.

-- OleGrump

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