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07-22-2019 11:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools compound miter saw salvaged rebuild

So I returned what I didn’t keep from a landfill salvage of a discarded compressor, mainly the tank which was badly rusted, yesterday. The young lady attendant brought my attention to a Sears compound miter saw that had been dropped off recently. “Sure” I said “I’ll take that, the motor is probably burnt, but I am sure there are parts I can use”.

In 1984 I bought a very similar miter, not compound, skillsaw that looked almost exactly the same. That saw built 2 houses for me and countless projects but sadly I burned out the motor a couple of years ago. I removed the burnt motor but couldn’t bring myself to discard the rest.

First thing I did today was blow out the motor on the Sears compound real well with compressed air. I then plugged it in and tried it. WOW, heart skipped a beat, motor came up to speed quickly, no vibration, just a smooth high pitched hum to tell me it was running. Checked the blade shaft, very tight, no play what so ever, sure we can rebuild this, ha, ha.

Like the Skillsaw this is a heavy saw, nowadays they are all made of aluminum. This one was made around the same time as the Skillsaw when they were mostly heavy cast iron and I could see many of the parts are interchangable. The big difference of course, with this one is, it is compound capable. I like the toggle clamps for adjusting the fence and compound adjustment, sure beats pulling out a wrench for bolts.

Here are some pictures I took. I will do a full rebuild on my blog later this summer. I want to take it down to the last screw, clean it up, lubricate, replace any damaged parts like the handle with parts from the old Skillsaw and reassemble into my nice new compound.

The first pictures are a comparison of the motorless Skillsaw and the salvaged Sears Craftsman compound.

With a couple of electrical tape wraps I can even squeeze the Skillsaw dust bag on the Sears saw.

The only real problem I found was a cracked handle base mounting. Easy, the Skillsaw handle mounting base is exactly the same.

Before I rapped up I figured I’d better check the brushes for life. Awesome lots of life left, and the wear is very smooth, I can tell just from that that it was not made in china (maybe Taiwan), which are often rough and sparky, which burns them out prematurely.


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#1 posted 07-23-2019 02:55 PM

Nice score! Best I’ve ever done was save 105 linear feet of black walnut 1” X 4”s from the crusher.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 07-23-2019 04:06 PM

105 feet of black walnut up here is pure gold , nice one.

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#3 posted 07-26-2019 12:35 AM

I know! That’s like one lucky wood find in 66 years, though. I paid a ton of money for an 8/4 walnut plank about 4’ long. I needed a section of it for a door chime, but bought the rest of it because it has some crazy nice figure on it. Once I get my details figured out, I’m making a stock for my target rifle out of it. It’s wild enough that I won’t need any checkering on it.

For those of you near a Salvation Army store, it pays to check after they have their auction. The one near me had their auctions on Friday, and anything that people took off the palettes and left by the fence was fair game. At least it used to be, 18 years ago. I picked up a case of 3’ fluorescent bulbs for free that way. I had built a laundry room and a three foot fixture was just the right size. But it’s an uncommon size and cost big bucks compared to two- or four-foot bulbs. It’s a win-win, because anything left goes to the crusher. You get it for free, they don’t have to pay at the land fill!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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