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08-11-2020 10:36 PM

Hi all, new to Lumberjocks though I’ve been reading may posts. My Craftsman 137.218250 table saw just died on me. Well technically it started smoking. Based on all of the threads I ready, I opened it up and found that the Flow Guide (2RPP) had melted – not the usual bearing/bushing issues posted by others. I believe I can get a replacement from eReplacement Part. The site says the part has been discontinued but it allows me to add it to the cart and go through the purchase process. Unfortunately it won’t ship for nearly 2 weeks. That along with shipping time is what’s forcing me to pick-up a new saw – mid porch rebuild…

Anyway, I found a Craftsman 115.7187 for sale locally but cannot find any information on this saw – even on It will need a clean-up (see photo) but per the seller, it’s running smooth, fully working. It currently has an 8” blade on it but can take a 10” per the seller. He’s asking $150. Is it worth that? It will be used for my exterior porch rebuild, shelves and eventually a new dining room table.

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#1 posted 08-12-2020 03:25 PM

It depends on what you want. It looks like an old one (‘50’s or ‘60’s). They were good quality tools. If I were looking for a contractors saw, I’d be happy with it, assuming the motor is good and the arbor bearings are good. Probably not the best tool to be throwing in the back of your truck and hauled to job sites every where. Just fine to sit in your garage.
The one I had served me well. It was a lot newer (‘90’s). I would have prefered this old one to my newer one. The original fence on my saw was a piece of junk. This one’s probably junk too. I replaced mine with a Vega, and the saw preformed like a champ.
I think it’s probably worth $150, but I’d try for a lower price. $150 is probably bumping the high end. Jim

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#2 posted 08-12-2020 07:02 PM

Missing one “wing”, the other one is upside down. $75…just for the motor.

There used to be a metal stand sold with these…

I’d re-route the power cord from the motor…to outside of the case, no through the inside, where a spinning blade resides..

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#3 posted 08-12-2020 07:31 PM

Missing wing, no real base, figure another $50-$100 at least for new bearings and maybe a belt. And on top of that, it was made by Packard Electric, which was a division of General Motors, for Craftsman (prefix 115). That is not a very wide spread machine and you don’t see a lot of them in the wild – so I would imagine that trying to find any machine specific parts or detailed information might prove a bit of a challenge. I personally would pass. There will be plenty more choices coming your way.


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#4 posted 08-12-2020 07:44 PM

Good catch on the incorrect installation. Regarding the missing wing/extension, a number of the saws I’m finding are the same; e.g. extension only on one side. I will note in my counter offer. Lack of a stand is not an issue for me as I have one from my blown craftsman and I will likely incorporate into my mobile workstation.

I’ve also found a similar Craftsman “100” for $150, roughly the same condition, a Craftsman 315.228310 fully operational with a blade guard/fence for $200 and a 10” Delta contractor saw for $300. Waiting on confirmation of the model. It comes with a number of accesssories including a mobile base, dust collection, cast iron top, custom emergency stop, push blocks, etc. My gut says to try to get the delta for $200 and if not pull the trigger on one of the Craftsman options.

Used Delta 10_ contractor saw mobile base for sale in Chicago – letgo.html

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#5 posted 08-12-2020 07:46 PM

My father had that saw. It went underwater in a flooded basement. Saw was reborn after some cleaning and repainted. Saw ultimately passed on to that tool bind in the sky but I still have the motor used to spin a lay shaft with duffing wheels and grinder on the opposite end. Can’t be that motor still turning after 65 years even with water bath. I would agree with Brad $50-100.

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#6 posted 08-12-2020 08:32 PM

In the 200-300$ range, I’d opt for DeWalts new portable. It’s twice the saw as the contractor saw I had.

The one limitation is no real dado. I run a couple blades to make a 1/4” groove for drawer bottoms, but not much more will fit.

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#7 posted 08-12-2020 10:36 PM

I had this same saw for 30 years. I replaced the motor and arbor pulleys with machined steel and the belt with a link belt. Before that the saw vibrated badly. Also used 220 2hp motor and a Beismeyer fence. This saw worked great.
There are some negatives. Adjusting the blade tilt and height tedious because the threaded rod is very very fine threads and collects sawdust. The arbor at the blade is short so you can’t use much of a dado blade. There is not much room around the arbor nut to get your hands in. I routinely dropped that nut while changing blades so I rarely did. The throat plate is a thin piece of aluminum and it was a chore to make a zero clearance throat plate. When you tilt the blade to 45 degrees the motor comes up almost to the top of the table and I had to remove my outfeed table to cut at 45. There is no easy way to add a splitter, riving knife or blade guard. I bought a new saw and I did not sell it because I worried about someone getting hurt. I donated it to group going to Mexico for rebuilding.
I would try the saw to see how much it vibrates before making a decision.

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