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Ok, here's the situation. I bought an old Craftsman table saw model #: 113.22411 made in the 40's I think with a 1HP motor. Like the one in the first pic, though now where near as nice.

Then I found the one in the second photo for $50 and the motor is a 1.5 HP so I figured the motor alone was worth that. If you know the model # please let me know, I can't find it anywhere. The actual saw is rather beat up, but I can definitely get it in good working order, I think :-).

So here's what I'm wondering. First, should I put the Leland 1.5 HP on the better, all cast iron saw?

Second, should I refurbish the saw and try to sell it, maybe without the motor because I kind of want to keep them. I could get one from a guy here cheap and put that one on. I know this guy who mounted two on a stand, kind of low, so he could run 4 ft. sheets of plywood through it having such a huge table, plus, he had one dedicated for dado and the other regular saw. If I did that, I'd want to get some better wings because the lesser one has a thinner aluminum wing. I've also been thinking about buying an old body from a saw similar to my bigger one and mounting the top and guts to it so it will have much more heft. There are a few I can find.

Third, should I just forget those other ideas and try to make this cheaper saw into a router table? It is a cast iron top, but I can probably get it machined to work out. Then I could have a nice size top. If I did, should I put wood, or whatever that cutting board type material on top? I really wanted to make my own horizontal routing table and put my long Bosch Single-Flute Straight Bit that is something like 3-4 inches long.

Please help, I really need to get going on this. Thanks ahead guys.
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Brett, if you have the room to set up two saws then leaving one set up with a dado blade is a good idea. There are plans available that allow you to remove the cast iron extensions and shoe horn your saw into a larger Formica covered table. This type of set up is nice since it gives you a ton of storage space for other tools, a larger work area and an easy way to incorporate dust collection. Putting the larger motor on your good saw makes sense to me. Rockler is selling link belts for $20/4' section and they help to reduce vibration and make the saw more pleasant to use.

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Yeah, I've looked at those link belts. It's not really loud though, but maybe I'll see a big difference like everyone says. A 4' section would give me enough for both I think, HF sells them for $27 no where near as long.

The thing is, I don't have a ton of space, I'm sharing a garage with another woodworker, but maybe he'd let me have some more space, it's his shop.
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Brett, if you have the room to set up two saws then leaving one set up with a dado blade is a good idea. There are plans available that allow you to remove the cast iron extensions and shoe horn your saw into a larger Formica covered table. This type of set up is nice since it gives you a ton of storage space for other tools, a larger work area and an easy way to incorporate dust collection. Putting the larger motor on your good saw makes sense to me. Rockler is selling link belts for $20/4' section and they help to reduce vibration and make the saw more pleasant to use.
Brett if you went this route you could still add a router table to the end like the conventional TS/RT combos. That would be a dream setup IMO.

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in general, 2 saws is probably better than one, but if i were faced with this situation, i would have to ask myself these questions:

how often do you find yourself needing to change the blades on the saw?
do you already have a router table (and if so, how much more useful would this new one be compared to that)?
would you use the dual saw setup often enough that having that will save time over a 1 saw and 1 router table setup?
which is more pressing, saving space or time?
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in general, 2 saws is probably better than one, but if i were faced with this situation, i would have to ask myself these questions:

how often do you find yourself needing to change the blades on the saw?
do you already have a router table (and if so, how much more useful would this new one be compared to that)?
would you use the dual saw setup often enough that having that will save time over a 1 saw and 1 router table setup?
which is more pressing, saving space or time?
Chris, I would say saving space is definitely more important. The dado blade set-up was more of a bonus. My thinking was the added table width.

I don't have a router table right now and I really need one. So part of my question too was would I be better off just making a router table out of it, and if anyone has some advice on that, I'd greatly appreciate it.
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I don't have a router table right now and I really need one. So part of my question too was would I be better off just making a router table out of it, and if anyone has some advice on that, I'd greatly appreciate it.
if you can pull it off, why not? that would be pretty cool ... can you pull it off?

how much would it cost to get the top machined to accept a router?

would you be able to put an insert plate in it?

i suppose you could just use the base and put your own custom top on it, but that probably doesn't buy you much ...
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Yeah, not sure how to do the router table, but I know it's been done, so I was also looking for some advice on that.
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