Looking for a bit of advice from the group.
Received grandpa's old Craftsman contractor's style table saw from dad
recently. I asked him how old it was and he said "I got it from your
grandfather in '68 and it was pretty old then."
Couldn't get a straight vertical cut on it from the front to the rear
of a 3 inch crosscut in 3/4 inch red oak. Seems like the blade
wobbles. Read a bunch of stuff on how to tune it up, but closer
inspection found more problems. In checking the cast iron table top,
it appears to have a downward deflection (just under 1/16 inch) from
the blade insert to the front of the table. A friend says I could
have it milled flat again, but there's more.
Saw is model number 113.22411. Sears parts has very little available.
I can get an arbor bearing if that would solve the wobbly blade
problem. The only information they have on it is a blurry exploded
view available online. I prefer to have a manual with my power tools.
Especially if I'm going to be taking it apart.
It also seems grandpa got a little creative with a new (well different
at least) motor some time ago. RPMs and cuts seem a little slow
compared to dad's new cheapo tabletop saw. There's no splitter,
kickback device, or blade guard. The fence is settable, but barely.
The miter guage is beaten and bent. Did I mention that it's wired
with a house light switch and some flexible conduit?
A remodeling contractor I met said it's a lost cause after the
description I've just given. I have nothing against old tools that
still function (I think I actually have some nostalgia for this saw -
I've known it since I was a kid), but I think I'm kicking a dead
So here's the question. (finally)
Is this saw of value to anyone? Would a tinkerer want to even bother
with something like this? If I do want to get rid of it, should I
just take it to the dump or is there value to any of it?
Any thoughts are appreciated.