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Forum topic by LtDan06 posted 07-19-2019 05:46 PM 577 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2019 05:46 PM

I recently came across an old Craftsman table saw for $80. I absolutely love it, as soon as I time it up I began thinking of some modifications I want to do. First I had to drill and tap the motor adjustment screw because it broke off in the hole but then I decided to install a couple of springs to put pressure on the motor so I wouldn’t have to loosen the screw every time I adjust the blade height. Are there any other mods out there?


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#1 posted 07-19-2019 08:15 PM

It would be helpful if you would post photos of your saw along with the model numbers. There are many different Craftsman saws.

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#2 posted 07-19-2019 10:44 PM



It would be helpful if you would post photos of your saw along with the model numbers. There are many different Craftsman saws.

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#3 posted 07-19-2019 11:17 PM

+2 on the pics….give us an idea of what you’re working with.

Alignment and a good blade are must haves for any decent saw, so I’d start there. A good miter gauge or crosscut sled are also great additions to any saw. If it vibrates a lot, consider a link belt or a good quality v-belt replacement. If the pulleys are trashed, consider upgrading those. A good throat insert is another key link in the chain, so if the stock insert doesn’t sit flush or flexes a lot, consider upgrading that too. If the stock blade guard doesn’t exist, I’d make or add a splitter.

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#4 posted 07-19-2019 11:33 PM

Along with what others have said, picture would help but I don’t think u can post pics till after your 3rd posting (I may remember that wrong). So taking a shot on the dark I’m assuming you talking about a craftsman 113 since they are everywhere and about everyone on here has owned one at some point in their life. For them I really wouldn’t recommend doing much other than tune it up, get a good blade and link belt. Their fences leave a bit to be desired (I currently own one) so for a couple hundred u can replace that but for myself at that point you’d probably have over $300 in it and u might b able to find a factory delta or ridged that already has those for just a bit more so to me it was never worth it to spend that money on it. I’d suggest u cheaply fix it up so if u ever wanna upgrade u can sell it for about what you got in it or profits. Don’t get me wrong they are good saws but usually if ppl have them for sale stock for anything over $150 in my area they keep them for a very long time

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#5 posted 07-20-2019 12:34 AM

The .113 is a WAG. Just the other day it was an old direct drive Craftsman TS. But true there are a LOT of .113’s out there.

Doesn’t have to be a pic, he can just look at the saw, and put the thing following MODEL #

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#6 posted 07-21-2019 03:05 AM

Sorry for the lack of pictures, I was at work. But here it is and I just bought an incra miter gauge and awaiting delivery.

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#7 posted 07-21-2019 03:07 AM

It’s a 113 and I got it for 80 bucks off of letgo

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#8 posted 07-21-2019 04:49 AM

Yeah you can do a lot on that saw. I’m not fond of the grated wings, but they are far better than stamped steel. I fear you will have to send your Incra miter gauge back, or bare minimum take the head off, and use it on a Craftsman miter bar.

Their miter slots are NOT the normal 3/8 tall x 3/4” wide slots found on the rest of the saws in the world.

But you can use upgrade blade guards like The Shark Guard. Or put on upgrade fences with good adjustability, and rock steady performance. For the contractor saws I like the Delta T2 fences Or the Vega utility fence.

If you wanted to you can fit a cast iron wing with a hole for a router table, lots of extras, the miter slot being the only real weirdness.

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#9 posted 07-21-2019 04:30 PM

Well that’s frustrating to read….I did some research and found that that was my best option for an aftermarket miter guage…is there a miter guage that you would recommend? I don’t have the original and I’m using a cheap plastic one from another saw but I replaced the bar with a piece of hardwood I cut down. It fits quite well actually.

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#10 posted 07-30-2019 03:04 AM

I have a very similar saw under the rigid brand. Incra miter 1000HD works fine on mine.

Fence is different though.

Wixy DRO would be my favorite upgrade

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#11 posted 07-30-2019 03:46 AM

I had that model .113, the V23 incra miter guage adjusted just fine. Dan

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#12 posted 07-30-2019 03:51 AM

Best modification is a full tune up

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