Well, I've just about had it with Craftsman tools! I fired up my
Craftsman shop vac today and it started smoking and sparking. Broken
commutator wires. To the trash with this useless piece of junk!
Of course, I bought it in 1977 :-).
Soooooooo! Just how long did you EXPECT it to last ? lol
I know my old 1967 Craftsman 7 1/4 saw with 100% ball bearings (heavy
as hell) hasn't given up the ghost yet. BOY will I be mad when it
dies-- maybe I'll take it back & tell them I'm not satisfied
(satisfaction guaranteed) I think it was about $ 29.95 at the time--
what's that, about a buck a year? Actually, I found another like it at
an auction last year for $25-- keep a plywood blade on one,
contractor's blade on the other.
I might have the same saw. Bought mine in 1971 for $25 on sale. It's a
"Commercial" model back when Sears was trying to build upper-end gear
that was supposed to last longer. I don't think I have 50 hours on mine
so that explains the longevity but the amazing thing about it is that
the rubber in the cord has not rotted out yet. By now most of the
plasticizer should have long since given way but the darn thing is still
looking good. And you know what? Everytime I look at those new P-C
saws I always long for one feature they don't have that my old Sears one
It's paid for ;-}
Phil at small (vs at large) wrote:
==================I have a...... Craftsman , manual feed, 6 inch thickness planner
Manufactured in 1937 yep 1937...
It still works...just fine..
Honestly I have not used it in a few years .. And there is NO dust
Collection port... lol
My Dad purchased it new and used it well into the 80's on a regular
I have a 9" Craftman Radial Arm saw that I bought in 1973 when they
discontinued that model, for $108 (My mother-in-law was an employee, so
I got the 10% discount). Still going strong, but if the motor gets hot
it shuts down for a while. Just the starting circuit. I have a sanding
drum mounted on the back end of the motor shaft--if I give that a spin,
it'll start running! :-)
Sears was offering $100 for the motor as part of their recall of radial
saws that didn't have blade guards. I was tempted until I priced a new
10" RAS at the local Sears store. Yikes!
Larry Blanchard wrote:
I have a Craftsman 1/4" all aluminum body router that I bought in 1961 or 2.
Still runs perfectly. The funny thing is that the manual that cam with it
specifically instructs to move the router against the direction of rotation.
That was the way I learned. Got very smooth cuts but it took a while to get
the technique down. Still do a climb cut on occasion.
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