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Manufactured/Badged by:
Sears | Craftsman
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True Manufacturer:
Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis, MO; Ferguson, MO; Paris, TN
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Band Saw
Machine Size: 12 inch
Submitted By: Manny Ringel
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 113.24201
Date of Manufacturer: August 1974
Serial Number:
Last Updated 9/4/2018 11:28:55 AM

Comments:
My brother’s friend is upgrading his bandsaw, replacing the one he inherited from his Dad. He offered the old one to me (thanks, Randy!).

This was in quite good shape, so it was more of a tune-up than a restore. A thorough cleaning, lubrication where needed, new urethane tires to replace the black rubber originals, Cool Blocks to replace the original steel guides. Balanced the wheels and adjust them coplanar. Link belt for the motor, and adjust the pulleys coplanar. The result is that the blade tracks beautifully and the machine passes the nickel test with no vibration.

A nice feature is that this model still has a cast iron table, unlike the late 70’s and 80’s similar-looking versions that went to an aluminum table. The light surface rust cleaned up perfectly, it’s nice and flat, and I think the added mass compared to aluminum improves stability.

One unusual (to me, anyway) aspect of the saw is that the fence rail mounts to the back side of the table, and the fence head/handle are on the back side of the saw. That’s the way the instructions [yes, I actually read them :-) ] show it, as well as pictures of other posted examples, so it’s definitely correct. (Admin BAK, 9/4/2018: Sears mounted the fence rail on the back table edge so it would not interfere with the blade removal slot in front.)

I’ve changed the electricals to have a switch down on the stand that can be turned off with a knee bar. The built-in light (not very useful) and the outlet on the back of the column (originally for the motor, now for a better worklight) are now always live whenever the saw is plugged in. The original red switch is electrically disconnected, just there because it looks better than leaving a hole in the column.

I’ll probably leave this set up with a 1/2” blade for straight cuts and resaw, the guides are definitely more robust than my old Walker Turner 12” bandsaw. The WT will keep a 1/4” blade for freehand curve cuts.

Photo 1:

Comments: left quarter view, Shows knee bar and new switch on the side.
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Comments: rear. Added worklight. My old Walker Turner bandsaw in the background.
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Comments: badge closeup. Born-on date 8/74
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Comments: table. Cleaned up nicely. No, the fence is NOT on backwards.
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Comments: innards. copper wire to balance wheels, ends soldered so it can't unravel
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Comments: nickel test. Yes, the saw is running :-)
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