Old Sears Craftsman Table Saw
Over the weekend I decided to start cutting up some plywood for a Kydex press I am going to build. During this process, I had finished my last cut and all of the sudden the horrific sound of blade hitting metal and parts breaking/flying. After inspection, the nut that holds the blade in place somehow found its way off and the small threaded (bolt?) that holds the wheel, that the belt goes on, has been finding its way loose lately and has been needing to be tightened. That wheel has already come off the shaft once and almost did again during this incident. That threaded piece that's supposed to keep the wheel on has shattered so I need to pull it out and get a new one.
Since last year when I got it, I haven't used it a whole lot, only a few projects. But I am wondering if I am better off getting a new table saw, or if this is just something that happens with these? I found myself spending more time, getting it working, than actually using it. I may need a new belt too. It seems to struggle once in a while just to get going, but once its going, she runs great and cuts. I guess, since yesterday and having stuff start going really bad, im just not sure what to do, or if I am safer and better off getting a new saw.
any help, words of wisdom, tips, etc. are always appreciated.