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Forum topic by Scallywags posted 02-09-2021 12:55 AM 212 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scallywags

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02-09-2021 12:55 AM

My first table saw was a Bosch contractor saw, great place to start. I then found a Ridgid R4512 in a barn that someone had used to hold their parts while they painted. So I got that on the cheap and restored it, only to be disappointed in it’s overall ability. Then one day my wife stumbled on an estate sale with an old Craftsman cabinet saw and recommended I go take a look. God love that woman. The first thing I noticed was a big Biesemeyer fence leaning up in the corner. So I bought it for $400 (in hindsight I overpaid but it was to a fella’s widow so I’m not feeling too bad about that). I’ve been restoring it over the last few months and here’s where I landed. What do you think?

I had to replace a lot of little parts like the cursors on the fence, tape measure, drive belt, etc. I also had the fence sand blasted clean and powder coated (after an epic failed attempt to apply Rustoleum enamal myself that is). This is an old saw, I’m not sure when it was made and parts are looooooong discontinued. Getting parts has been a struggle for sure, but mostly all it needed was a good cleaning and sanding so overall, I’m pretty happy with it!

-- You can trust me, I have a festool sander and a woodpecker ruler.


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#1 posted 02-09-2021 02:25 AM

really nice restoration!.... So there was no option for a riving knife…so you used a splitter? I’ve got an old 113 that doesn’t have a riving knife capability (other than a jenky contraption I cant make out)........

how was putting the splitter on?...does it work well?

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#2 posted 02-09-2021 04:28 AM

Thanks! Mine actually came with a splitter/guard/anti-kickback pawls. And after about an hour of scratching my head and trying to attach it I looked hard enough at the manual and realized it was the wrong model for my saw! So yeah I ended up with the MJ Pro. Just installed last weekend so not a lot of time on them yet. Install is a breeze but I have an issue. My ZCI has a routed out spot just at the edge of the first hole I drilled for the splitter. It resulted in the drill bit deflecting as it went in. Now the damn splitter won’t sit flush cuz the hole isn’t straight. I can’t drill it out more or it will be too loose. I’m not sure it matters as it still performs the same function even if it’s lifted up a little in the front. Time will tell. I can’t find another ZCI so I guess I’ll have to buy a blank and make one if I find it doesn’t work. I have an email in to the shark guard people to see if they have a solution.

But while we’re on the topic, I might actually have the splitter for your saw. What model do you have exactly?

-- You can trust me, I have a festool sander and a woodpecker ruler.

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#3 posted 02-09-2021 10:58 PM

wow…...good deal! So…here is my model of 113. thanks for checking!! !

https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/qoaah7t.jpg!

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#4 posted 02-10-2021 01:46 AM

Darn, I don’t think mine is the right one…

I did order a Shark Guard riving knife today though.

-- You can trust me, I have a festool sander and a woodpecker ruler.

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#5 posted 02-10-2021 03:41 PM

thanks for checking!

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