Originally Posted by Engineer/sawjock
Bought a new arbor and two bearings. I guess that should make it better. Now I just need a more expensive blade. Does anyone care to share their opinion on the potential precision of this saw and how it stacks up to other saws?
The "113" prefix means it was made by Emerson in the USA. There were many variations of this saw made under the Craftsman label up until 1997, when they started making them under the Ridgid name (TS2412, TS2424, TS3612). From roughly 1997 to 2004 TTI/Ryobi built pretty much the same saw for Sears using a "315" prefix. Around 2004, Emerson contracted with TTI/Ryobi to make them for Ridgid also, and they introduced the new orange TS3650, TS3660. This one is probably from the 70s or 80s...
These saws share pretty much the same design, and many of the parts are interchangeable. The biggest differences tend to be the "bolt-ons" ...things like fence, wing material, legs, switches, guards, colors, cosmetics, but the basic guts (arbor carriage, trunnion brackets, motor mount) remain pretty much the same. With good alignment and good blade selection, these saws can be pretty darn good, and can give you years of service. The original Emerson fences were pretty lame, and are a good candidate for replacement with something like a Delta T2 ($150 from Tools-plus, or a used Alignarip aluminum fence. It should clean up nicely. I'd stick with a good 3/32" thin kerf blade for that saw...easier for the motor to spin.
Here's a link to some really decent German made Onsrud blades
that are clearanced on Ebay for dirt cheap (free s/h too). They're auction style, but many sell uncontested for the listing price. Blades from Infinity, Freud Diablo, Freud Industrial, Ridgid Titanium, CMT Orange, CMT ITK Plus, DeWalt Precision Trim, Forrest, Ridge Carbide, and Tenryu are also very good to excellent.
Good luck and please keep us posted on your progress!