I've been given an early 1950s Craftsman/Emerson Electric Co. Model#
113 27520 table saw. It runs, but the cranks are broken, it has no
stand and the table is a little on the small side. What can I do to
increase the table size, and will a newer Craftsman stand work with
such an old saw? Where can I find replacement cranks? Is it worth
anything if I try to sell it to get a newer saw? I really only use it
for construction projects, ripping trim molding and playwood, that kind
When you say the cranks are broken, do you mean the handle or the
You can build an extension to one side, and an outfeed table behind
, and will a newer Craftsman stand work with
Build your own out of plywood, make it large enough to support your
extension. You can then store all your table saw related stuff under
Sears does have parts, but for the old stuff it's generally just the
basic hardware and electrical stuff that they still have. If it's
just the handle, you can probably find something more recent that has
the same size shaft. In the meantime, a pair of locking pliers...
Think about it. The expensive parts of a saw are a) the cast iron b)
the motor c) the fence if it's a good one. If you've got a working
motor and a flat top, even if it's a little small, and you can resolve
the other issues then buying a good fence for it will make it out
perform anything you could buy without spending a lot more money.
You can build side and outfeed table extensions, or extension wings may still be
available. Your model number turns up parts listings at the Sears parts ordering
Through Sears parts - on mine the handwheels were there, but not the crank
handles. Instead of buying replacements, I made a little handle - 1" dowel about
6" long with a 1/4" metal rod epoxied into the end:
If it works, you're better off keeping it - I don't think it would sell for
much. The castings were heavy duty back then. If the bearings are worn, they can
be replaced. I got a better miter gauge and fence, though. There are a couple
pictures of mine at http://home.san.rr.com/jeffnann/WoodWorking/WoodWorking.html
Thanks JeffB, what you've done with your saw is very impressive! If
it's not too much trouble can you take a couple detailed pictures of
the saw and email them to me? That fence system looks great; where did
you get it?
I have an early 1950's Craftsman TS and it's still rock solid. The worst
part is the old fence which just requires careful adjustment.
If I remember correctly, at that time Craftsman saws were made by
Emerson which I think is in St. Louis though I'm not sure.
I bought mine for $200 in 89-90 or so. A gentlemen had put it in a sale
paper. I went to look and he had a passel of other stuff as well.. Turns
out I got the TS, Craftsman King-Seeley BS and a Walker-Turner Wood
Lathe for $600. He had made stands for each, all with switches and
motors. He also crafted extension tables for the TS since he was a
steelworker/welder. All in all a decent buy. Worst part was the band
saw, which is more or less minimal. But i'd have a hard time getting rid
of the TS.
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