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Manufactured/Badged by:
Sears | Craftsman
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True Manufacturer:
Double A Products Co., Ann Arbor, MI; Manchester, MI
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Table Saw
Machine Size: 10"
Submitted By: Scott Markwood
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 109.22620 Builders Saw
Date of Manufacturer: 1946
Serial Number:
Last Updated 9/3/2019 11:16:45 PM

Comments:
My desire to own this saw came after a visit by Shopsmith Inc.'s founder John Folkerth to the "Boston" Shopmith store, in Chelmsford, MA, where I was the manager back in the late 1980's. John had just returned from a visit to the Henniker table saw factory in Henniker New Hampshire, which had been producing the "Versatile Saw" since 1947. Coincidentally that was the same year that Hans Goldschmidt invented the Shopsmith 10ER. So what made the Versatile Saw so unique? When cross cutting, the user would lock the miter gauge into the miter slot, reach up to a handle on the saw guard and pull the blade forward, like an upside-down radial arm saw. This was believed to be much safer than a RAS. After this visit the guys at Shopsmith's R&D department In Dayton, Ohio discovered that Sears had produced the Craftsman 100 Builder's Saw back in the 1940's, so they got their hands on one. Fast forward to 1989 and I dropped by the R&D Department to see the similar Sawsmith 2000 tables aw, which was about to be unveiled to the public, and over in the corner stood this Craftsman saw and I've wanted one ever since. Finally, in August 2019 I found one listed on Facebook Marketplace in Chesapeake, VA. After a few messages back and forth to make sure that what I thought I was seeing in the dark photos was the saw that it was we settled on a price of $120 and I drove up from High Point, NC in my wife's minivan to pick it up. I learned from the woman who was selling it that her now diseased husband inherited it from his father, who was the saw's original owner. The saw runs and is complete, but all of the bearings are shot and will need to be replaced. I plan on restoring it to working order but don't think I want to do much more than that because I think she is beautiful just the way she is.

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Comments: Craftsman 100 Builders Table Saw, side view
Source: Scott Markwood
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Comments: Craftsman 100 Builders Table Saw, front view
Source: Scott Markwood
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Comments: Craftsman 100 Builders Table Saw, loaded into minivan
Source: Scott Markwood
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