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Craftmaster Tilt Top Tablesaw

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I unexpectedly acquired this saw when I picked it up for someone who then changed their mind about wanting it. It is an eight inch tilt top table saw made by the Henry Tool Company of London Ontario Canada during the 1940's. It is cast iron and quite the heavyweight for it's small size. As I really did not need it I put it aside in the rat hole. Finally decided to give it the onceover and move it along to someone who appreciated it.

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Fairly simple overhaul as there is not much to these saws. Biggest effort was replacing the arbor bearings. The rest was clean, polish and paint. Also cleaned up the 1/2 HP General Electric motor I got with it. I had a not so old Delta stand around so I mounted it on that. Surprisingly it runs smooth as can be.

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The real frustration came when I went to sell it. I listed it on line and got two responses the first night. The first guy said he was coimg but then did not show. He at least called me and explained that his wife was unexpectedly working overtime and as they only had one vehicle he could not get here that night. I told him to call me by a certain time the next day with a time when he could get to my place. I explained to him the other guy was anxious and in fairness he had to commit to buying the saw. The deadline I gave him came and went without hearing from him so I phoned the second guy who told me he would be right over.

 

When the second guy showed up accompanied by his wife he said he wanted the saw but forgot to stop at the bank on the way. Said he would go to the bank and be right back. He never returned and never called.

 

In the mean time first guy calls and says he really , really wants saw. I explained second guy just left to go to the bank and was coming back to get saw.

 

So two buyers but no sale. I relisted the ad the next day and who should call but the first guy. He has a friend with a truck and can be right there if it is still for sale. He showed up an hour later cash in hand. Turns out he was a nice young fellow who just seemed to be a little disorganized. We got to talking and he told me that he had recently purchased a Craftmaster bandsaw. I went into my rathole and came out with a box of spare parts from a Craftmaster bandsaw I had purchased for parts. Told him he could have them. He left one happy camper.

 

By the way, I lost money on the saw but not enough to matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have several tools in that age range that I got from my Great Great Uncle when he passed them on to my Dad.  Heavy but still work good.  Drill Press, JigSaw, 42 Inch Belt Sander all are Duncan brand ( pre Craftsman )  Wish I had a table saw hehe but alas I have no room for it in my sub compact shop ( 10 x 10 ).  Nice table saw... keep it lubed and it will last another lifetime.

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