Craftsman Table Saw Modle #?? - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 Old 06-18-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
Paulespo's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Idaho
Posts: 24
View Paulespo's Photo Album My Photos
Craftsman Table Saw Modle #??

I see a lot of Craftsman TS around Including mine. The Model # go way back. How can you tell when a TS was made ? I would like to know what year mine is and why they change from 113.298720 to 113.******. Does anyone have a clue??

Plunder First Than Burn
Paulespo is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 06-18-2013, 11:43 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 292
View Toolman2's Photo Album My Photos
A good place to start is Look for Crafstman, it'll show a history and show what model numbers (the first 3 digits) go with what years. Additionally, you can probably find a manual for it there as well. If not, go to and search for a manual there.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
Toolman2 is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 06-18-2013, 01:55 PM
Senior Member
dodgeboy77's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Bucks County, PA
Posts: 1,768
View dodgeboy77's Photo Album My Photos
Here's a tip that sometimes works. Go to Sears Parts Direct:

Look at the parts diagrams, or if they have it, the manual for your saw. Sometimes there will be a date on one of the documents, like the last page of the manual.

This doesn't always work but sometimes you get lucky. Also, keep in mind that if you find a date, it might be for a tool that was made for several years and that date might be for the first year of production.

Also, the first three digits always indicate the manufacturer. If you do a web search, you can find those codes. 113 is probably Emerson.


Last edited by dodgeboy77; 06-18-2013 at 01:57 PM.
dodgeboy77 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 8 Old 06-18-2013, 04:32 PM
Senior Member
toolguy1000's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: westchester cnty, ny
Posts: 1,302
View toolguy1000's Photo Album My Photos
Originally Posted by Paulespo View Post
I see a lot of Craftsman TS around Including mine. The Model # go way back. How can you tell when a TS was made ? I would like to know what year mine is and why they change from 113.298720 to 113.******. Does anyone have a clue??
usually, changes in the last six digits occur when they change something about the saw like the material the extension wings are made of, the style of the cabinet and whether the saw came with or without a leg stand.

also, if the tool has three digits, a "period" and then 5 digits, it usually predates the 70s, when the second set of numbers went from five to six digits.

there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.
toolguy1000 is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 06-18-2013, 05:17 PM
where's my table saw?
woodnthings's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: SE, Michigan
Posts: 26,352
View woodnthings's Photo Album My Photos
model numbers say a lot

The first 3 numbers of the model no. tell you who manufactured that product. For example a 113.***** model number was manufactured by Emerson Electric:

and here:

King-Seeley was headquartered in Ann Arbor Michigan. Besides wood/metal-working machinery, King-Seeley also made Thermos bottles, metal lunch boxes, picnic coolers, refrigeration components, etc. The Central Specialty Division of King-Seeley, located in Ypsilanti, was responsible for woodworking and metalworking machinery.
In 1964, all of King-Seeley's design patents, tooling, and parts stock were bought by Emerson Electric Co. of Paris, TN; Emerson then took over production of machines for Sears.
One notable machine was the 10" cabinet saw, introduced in 1953 and made until Emerson dropped its production in 1966. It was reportedly the first machine to have the arbor ground and trued in place, i.e., after being mounted in the saw.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

Last edited by woodnthings; 06-18-2013 at 07:52 PM.
woodnthings is online now  
post #6 of 8 Old 06-18-2013, 07:26 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 5,446
View knotscott's Photo Album My Photos
No clue about when most of the individual model #'s changed (ditto for the portables), but here's what I think to be true about the stationary saws....Prior to Emerson, the Sears stationary saws were made by King-Seeley (1950's?). The 113.###### contractor saw series was made by Emerson in the USA from before I can remember until around 1997. After 1997 they went to the 315.###### series made by TTI/Ryobi until 2004 (pretty much the same design as the Emerson made saws, but made overseas).

Next up for Sears were the "zipcode" hybrid saws with cabinet mounted trunnions (22104, 22114, 22124) made by Steel City/Orion made until around 2007/2008.... the 22116 is the current hybrid (still made by SC/Orion) and replaced the 22124 when the riving knife requirements went into effect. The 21833 hybrid style contractor saw came along shortly after, and is also current.... made by Dayton AFAIK (imported through Colovos to keep us guessing). (As a side note, both the Emerson saws and the TTI/Ryobi contractor saws lived on for several more years carrying the Ridgid banner, and those were replaced by a Steel City/Orion made hybrid saw (R4511), and then the R4512 hybrid style contractor saw made by Dayton.)

TTI/Ryobi still makes at least some of the portable jobsite saws and the Ryobi BT3100 clone (21829) for Sears, as well as their dreadful benchtop saws. The 21828 portable is the same as the Ridgid R4516.

Emerson Craftsman:

Emerson Ridgid:

TTI/Ryobi Craftsman:

TTI/Ryobi Ridgid:

Steel City Craftsman 22114:

Steel City RIdgid R4511:

Dayton Craftsman 21833:

Dayton Ridgid R4512:

Last edited by knotscott; 06-19-2013 at 06:29 AM.
knotscott is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 06-18-2013, 07:46 PM
Senior Member
Oakwerks's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Athens, Georgia
Posts: 401
View Oakwerks's Photo Album My Photos
It's early 1990's.....
Oakwerks is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 06-19-2013, 12:58 AM
Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Posts: 3,500
View rrich's Photo Album My Photos
I've seen a couple of references to 1987 as the date of manufacture for 113.298720.

Use the right tool for the job.

Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.
rrich is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
craftsman table saw d_slat Power Tools & Machinery 23 12-17-2012 11:30 PM
Craftsman table saw Andrew120 Power Tools & Machinery 25 08-01-2012 05:03 PM
craftsman table saw desertforest Power Tools & Machinery 6 02-02-2012 12:01 PM
Old Craftsman Table Saw on CL Biscobob Power Tools & Machinery 4 09-03-2011 06:52 PM
old Craftsman table saw Tot59 General Woodworking Discussion 5 01-01-2011 10:32 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome