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QUESTION: Going thru my Craftsman 10 inch table saw that my brother gave to me. I have replaced the belt and have done the alignments, but my concern is the Arbor Housing. I have checked the bearings on the arbor and it's solid no play at all. When I take the belt off, the whole Arbor housing can move slightly.When the belt is tightened or on,I can't feel any movement with my hand. Is that a problem? Does the belt keep it from moving? Should I install a bushing? I have never heard of this on any forum that I have read. Your help is truly appreciated. Thank You;  Vick

It's a Craftsman 1968 10" Tilting Arbor Table Saw Model 113.29903, it's just like Model 113.29960.

ANSWER: Hey Vick, I'm a little confused as to your description, when you say the "arbor housing", I'm assuming this saw has a cast trunnion that the arbor assembly is pressed into, similar to the ones I've seen from the 70's....perhaps someone like this guy could help more than I...there is a contact link at the top right of the page...

The belt will likely put enough tension on the arbor assembly to tighten it up to being moved by hand, but I would worry about deflection during stock feeding into the I'm sure you are...I had a 1978 model for years that was very similar..decent quality and fully adjustable...I even upgraded the motor at one point to a Baldor, and with a Vega fence,got many years of pretty accurate sawing from that saw....blade choice is also key to getting the most from such a tool...Hope that helps a little- regards- Greg

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QUESTION: It's a craftsman table saw model 113.29903.
I took a closer look at the table saw cradle and arbor housing and I found out that arbor pivot pin is Pressed-In into the cradle assembly. I have never seen such a thing. Between the pivot pin head and the arbor housing, I was able to install a C-Clip or (Retaining Clip). That's how much of a gap it had, but my question is. What if sometime in the future, I want to remove the arbor housing to replace the bearing, I'm going to have that pin pressed out and maybe replace the pivot pin with one with a retaining ring slot. I might have to heat up the cradle to get the pin out???  Don't know where to go from here. I truly appreciate your help. Thank You;  Vick

These were typically "homeowner" quality saws, and therefore the manufacturing may not allow you to do a lot of rebuilding of the trunnion/arbor assembly, but if you got my first reply, go to that site and look around, message that guy and see if he can be of Greg


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Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Sold, built, serviced, setup Home,Industrial and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

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