Model #351218330 CRAFTSMAN Saw Table

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Q:

Craftsman table saw model 351.218330 Belt from motor to blade slips off

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I can understand how different instructions may be confusing. The owner's manual may provide more specific information. I attached the manual and the parts diagrams from Sears Parts Direct. I hope these help while you wait for the expert.

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Barbara H. -
April 29, 2012
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Hey 'Barb' Thanks for suggesting the owner's manual...who'd have ever thought! I own one and don't need the link. Also, the pictures are great....I've seen them before...oh, ah, YES, in the owner's manual. Now, if someone could tell me exactly WHERE the tension nut is OR where the two bolts are located that mount the motor to the mounting plate. Thanks, Barb!

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Jeff -
April 29, 2012
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Thank you for your question. According to the parts list you have to loosen bolt number 1 in the image. Then push up on the motor and remove the bolt. Now install the new belt and let the weight of the motor tension the belt. Once it is tensioned, retighten bolt number 1. As you use the saw, the belt can stretch. If this happens, just loosen bolt 1 and retighten it. If the belt is coming off, I recommend checking the alignment of the pulleys. To do this place a straight edge on the side of the pulleys. The straight edge should sit flat on the side of the pulleys. If it is off a little the belt can come off. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 01, 2012
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Thank you for your question. According to the parts list you have to loosen bolt number 1 in the image. Then push up on the motor and remove the bolt. Now install the new belt and let the weight of the motor tension the belt. Once it is tensioned, retighten bolt number 1. As you use the saw, the belt can stretch. If this happens, just loosen bolt 1 and retighten it. If the belt is coming off, I recommend checking the alignment of the pulleys. To do this place a straight edge on the side of the pulleys. The straight edge should sit flat on the side of the pulleys. If it is off a little the belt can come off. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 01, 2012
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Thank-you so much for the response. Very much appreciated!

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Jeff -
May 02, 2012
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This saw would never rip a 2x4 with any speed. Now it basically will not rip at all. Could their be a bad capacitor? I have read that this is a problem. If it is my problem it was there when I bought the saw?

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Dennie -
January 13, 2015
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Mark T. , you do not need to remove the bolt. You just need to loosen it enough to move the motor downward. To All, see my instructions on how to replace a belt for full instructions. You can find under the question on how to replace the belt.

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Terry -
May 21, 2015
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table saw,need to know how to install a new belt

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Replacing belts, especially on a saw does need good direction so there are no surprises later while using the saw. While you wait for the expert to respond I did locate and attach below a similar question with instructions that may help. I hope this link is helpful.

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Barbara H. -
January 27, 2012
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I don't have a real good picture of this one, but you will need to access the belt from the bottom side. You can remove the blade insert and blade to allow for a little light to come through to help you see. Then loosen the motor tension nut so the motor can be moved up/down freely. Then you can pop the old belt (if it's still there) off and then put the new one onto the pulleys. Then put tension back on the motor (which will tension the belt) and tighten the motor tension nut back up to hold the tension on the belt.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
January 28, 2012
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Hey Wade, Well, Wade, your instructions are so clear and concise that my 3 year old could do it! Oh, yeah, exactly WHERE is the motor tension nut located? For example, on the right side, left side, underneath, on top? It's important to know so that no other nut is mistaken for the 'tension' nut. Thanks!

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Jeff -
April 29, 2012
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The belt tension bolt is on the left behind the motor. The image below shows where the bolt is. Please let me know if you need further assistance. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
April 29, 2012
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That doesn't really help. I said it looks like there is a gap near the motor shaft where I can get the belt over it, but I don't see a gap near the shelf where the blade is.

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Steve -
October 15, 2013
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I was able to replace but it took some time. The image from Mark does not enlarge enough to determine the correct bolt. If you have the manual, for the replacement parts list for the blade drive, it is Key No. 1, p/n STD835016. The best was to gain access is from the back with the panel removed. Lower the motor/blade to its lowest setting. Using a Hex No. 6 driver, loosen the bolt or screw. With it loose, raise the blade motor until the top of the motor bracket (Key No. 19) is about an inch from the top. Manually move the motor downward. Remove the old belt. Place the new belt on and make sure the belt lines up to both pulleys. Tighten the bolt enough so its not loose. Lower the motor/blade again until you have a good enough angle to place a pry bar between the motor and the motor bracket arm. The arm extends parallel with the motor. Move the motor up as far as you can and then tighten the bolt. Don't expect the motor to reach the end of the opening that the bolts sits in. There should be some space left. I hope this helps.

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Terry -
May 21, 2015
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table saw blade does not come up 351.218330

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
You're right, the manual doesn't seem to break the blade down and provide a part number for it. If you go to our site SearsPartsDirect.com and plug in the model of the table saw, the blade is identified as key number 61 on the 'Blade Drive' schematic. The part number is 31218.00.
For convenience, I have included a blue link below that you may click on to be directed to the SearsParts site to purchase the replacement blade for this model.

Craftsman Blade for Model 351.218330

Hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
April 19, 2014
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I think the issue is not the blade but the blade rising up when turned. It might be the elevation shaft has slipped off some how. Not sure how. Or possibly some teeth have broken on the motor bracket.

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Terry -
May 15, 2015
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