Restoring a 30+ Year Old Craftsman Table Saw

Restoring a 30+ Year Old Craftsman Table Saw

We found an old craftsman table saw off Facebook marketplace and we had to get it. We restored just about all of it and it turned out great. We believe the table saw is about 30 years old however we are not quite sure. If you happen to know feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Gary Lennon on July 18, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    When using these saws, invest in a Grrr-Ripper, especially if you’re running without a splitter. They’re pricey, but a bargain when it comes to some damn decent finger insurance.

  2. Mike Korzelius on July 18, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    How did you install the fence?

  3. Joseph Romero on July 18, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    I have an older Delta contractor saw and I flipped it upside down to seal it for dust collection mod – when I put it back up right the blade was out of alignment about 1/8 inch- I lossen the four Trunnion bolts and got some play/wiggle room and adjust it but soon as I tighten it up it goes right back out of wack- any suggestions?

  4. Steven Pollard on July 18, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Funny I just brought one too

  5. John Sampson on July 18, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    What is the belt part number and where to you buy it from?

  6. Mark S on July 18, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    First, you need to align the blade to the miter gauge slots. After that you can adjust the fence to the blade. Also, never let go of a piece while it’s between the blade and fence while the blade is still turning. That’s a perfect storm for kickback. That’s the cause for most table saw injuries.

  7. Tyler Smith on July 18, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Can you share what you used to clean the top? An orbital sander? What grit or was it a buffer pad? Awesome end result though thanks for sharinf

  8. Ed Morales on July 18, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    I have this same saw. Love how people are starting to become interested in these old Craftsman saws.

  9. R Caruso on July 18, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    They belt is not driven by gears. the belt is driven by pulleys.

  10. Schroedman's Shop on July 18, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    I have a similar saw, a couple of years older I think.
    The motor should be left to float as it is gravity that tensions the belt. If you tighten it down, raising and lowering the blade puts all kinds of stress on the bearings. Also, use a long ruler to align the pulleys because that will put lateral stress on the motor and the arbor if they aren’t running true. Also chews up your pretty new belt.

  11. Patrick on July 18, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    Stop calling those aluminum belt drive pulleys "gears"! Gears have teeth and aren’t smooth with a "V" groove in the center. Nice restoration on the old saw! As suggested below, you need to align the blade parallel to the miter slot. It is very important for safety reasons!

  12. Young Sun on July 18, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    good work looking good. make more videos.

  13. D K on July 18, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    I have a few comments/questions:
    Can you explain more about why you need to be careful sanding the top?
    Why didn’t you clean the bottom of the cast iron top?
    I’m pretty sure I have the same saw, though I never saw your exact label, it works and has all the parts, should I restore it?

    I like the vid, but there are a lot of gaps and jumps between sections. I’d be curious to see the actual dismantle/reconstruct for better idea of whether I can do this myself.

    I’ve heard there is a kickback retrofit mechanism made for these types of old school table saws, did you consider adding this?

  14. Linda Corvan on July 18, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    Nice job. Looks like the belt guard is on backwards, and the things you replaced that the belt goes around are pulleys not gears.

  15. Michael Fink on July 18, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    Great backing music track guys! Thank you SO MUCH for this series…picked mine up at the town dump for ten dollars (no fence) and can’t wait to refurbish this stout little saw. Way more robust than I would have imagined when I paid the guy who was annoyed with me for asking to plug it in first 🤣

  16. Pierre Ciscato on July 18, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Hi, great job! I’ve the same exact model, any idea to register the fence properly? Mine has a little play on the tip, 1/8 off.

  17. Ray and Deanna McIntosh on July 18, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for the great video. I have the same saw. Where did you buy the arbor bearing’s?

  18. Donnie Lafary on July 18, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    Looks great but why didn’t you get the rust off the bottom of the table?
    I restored a old ridged table saw took every single piece apart sanded and painted all the cast iron under the table. Hopefully it won’t rust again to soon.

  19. Neil on July 18, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    I have the same model. Mine won’t turn on. Do you have an idea on how to fix it? It was working up until my 2nd cut. Then it didn’t turn on after.

  20. Grounded on July 18, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    Great job guys.

  21. Brandon Riggs on July 18, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    What grit sandpaper did you use?

  22. pensnut08 on July 18, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    That was an AMAZING restoration!

  23. old dave on July 18, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    I have two of them, one is a 120 volt that I bought from Sears, and the other is 220 and used to belong to Sam Posey, the race car driver. he gave it to my SIL and my SIL gave it to me after he left it outside and damn near ruined it. I cleaned it up and use it all the time.

  24. Kupari USA on July 18, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    I just got the same table saw. I think I need to replace the bearing as well. Can you share the specs?

  25. pinkeye00 on July 18, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    Dude, that’s not rust … thats parkerization.

  26. Joseph Dean on July 18, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    i am doing that exact same restoration on my facebook craftsman saw exact same model I LOVE this old saw

  27. george moore on July 18, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    how much did you pay for it

  28. DJ DAVE ROSS PODCAST on July 18, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    1:32 what about the dogs? LOL Safety first. Great Job. I have a newer one that is direct drive. craftman.