Craftsman (King Seeley) Model No. 103.22160 8" Table Saw

Craftsman (King Seeley Corp.) 8

Craftsman (King Seeley Corp.) 8" Table Saw

Known as the Craftsman "80" 8-inch Tilting-Arbor Bench Saw, this Craftsman Model 103.22160 8" Tilting Arbor Table Saw was made by the King Seeley Corp. under the Sears Brand. It dates back to approximately 1952 or 1953. This saw featured what Craftsman called the "Floating Drive." This "floating drive" was featured in Craftsman catalogs as being a new type of motor mount that stops transmission of motor vibration because there was no mechanical connection. The motor was mounted on a special support on the bench behind the saw. This resulted in smoother operation, easier tilting, and greater protection of motor from sawdust. This floating motor mount automatically controls the belt tension for the most efficient operation.

Notice that there is only one hand wheel while most tiling arbor saws had separate hand wheels for tilting the blade and for adjusting the blade height. This saw had one wheel that controlled both the angle and depth of cut from the front of the saw.

It was also one of the first Craftsman saws to feature a rip fence with one lever that locked both the front and back of the fence. The saw features a large 20" deep by 17" wide cast iron table that was grooved on both sides for a miter gauge.

The rip fence was made of tempered aluminum which was carefully ground for trueness.

Machine Specifications: (1952 Craftsman Power Tool Catalog)
2 1/2" maximum depth of cut
Dado capacity 15/16" wide with dado insert
Maximum Blade Diameter: 8 inches w 1/2" diam bore.
Arbor Diameter - 1/2"
Recommended 1/2 HP 3450 rpm motor.

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May 15, 2013
Can you HELP me Please
by: Peter

Hi: I am looking for the Manual for this Sears Craftsman (King Seeley) Model # 103.22160 8" Table Saw. I just aquired this from my grandfather, and i am restoring it ! Can anyone out there help me with this ? Thanks, Peter

Mar 29, 2013
Bearing question
by: Frank

I own one of these saws that was passed down to me and it's in great condition; the only issue is that the arbor bearings are shot. Does anyone have an idea where I might find a suitable replacement?

Aug 20, 2012
Rip fence and angle gear
by: Cecil Yates

I have an 8 inch bench top table saw model#103-22160 that was given to me by a very good friend before he past away couple of months ago, I have torn it down cleaned it lubed it and polished it but I need a rip fence and rail and also an angle gear if any one has either part for sail could you contact me at

Jan 02, 2012
Arbour bearings
by: Kurt

bought a 8" 103.22160. Going through it and feel that the arbour bearings are bad. Took it apart and tried to press off the bearings. Tried to press off the bearings. Will not press off. smashed the outer race to see how it is constructed and found the shaft is the inner race and is somehow assembled as one unit and cannot replace the bearings. is there an alterntaive to machining down the shaft and pressing on new bearings? what is the fix for bad bearings. the unit is not available from sears. info is appreciated.

Jan 02, 2012
by: Anonymoustom

Hi, I live in Mass. Sears sells a spacer ring, found in the tool section, that fits into the arbor hole to adapt from a 5/8" to a 1/2"hole that allows you to use an off the shelf blade.If you don't have any luck just E Mail me at tkxxx1@verizon .net and I will try to locate them. I did have a package at home. TK PS if you have any sort of resource for parts for these saws I am looking for the screw on table extension I have seen on these saws. soccer

Oct 12, 2011
103.22160 table saw
by: Mark

Just burnt up my motor on saw. Found a 1-3/4hp to replace the 1/2hp. A little concerned to increase the hp that much. Any feedback would be appreciated. The guy selling the motor says it's for a table saw and has a 56 frame. Not sure what the saw has. If anyone could email me a manual, I would be thrilled. my email is

Thanks a million for the help.

Aug 12, 2011
by: Dennis

In reply to Dave B. As Roger posted on March 18,2011, what you need is an arbor bushing. It's 1/2"id and 5/8"od. Snap it into the blade and install. Be sure the arbor washer(s) is flat to the blade to keep the bushing in place. Also, I think Vermont American still puts out 8" blades with a 5/8" arbor hole, hence the need for a bushing.

Jul 19, 2011
by: Dave B.

I just bought one of these saws,but I can't find a blade to fit it. Every 8in. I found has the 5/8 arbor.Any suggestions

Jul 06, 2011
Handyman Bob
by: Elton

I would like a copy of the manual you mentioned for the 103.23832 I have one of these saws and could sure use a manual for it.

Jun 05, 2011
Reply to Scott
by: Dennis

I have this saw from my late father. Still runs like a champ. The motor does not tilt. The motor's own weight keeps the belt in tension. As you adjust the angle of cut, the v belt twists between the pulleys.

Mar 18, 2011
Arbor bushings
by: Roger

For those looking for bushings for those 1/2 in. arbors I bought a package of 10 at sears. part#929039 thet measure 5/8"x 1/2" hope it helps.

Feb 22, 2011
How do you get the motor to tilt?
by: Scott

How in the world do you get the motor to tilt on these things

Jan 31, 2011
Rip Fence Needed for Craftsman 103.22160 Table Saw
by: Jake

I have one of these and it runs beautifully, but the rip fence has a broken part and will not tighten. Does anyone know where to find a replacement? Also where could I get a copy of the owner's manual? Contact

Oct 19, 2010
I have one if you want it.
by: Larry

I have one of these saws and it is taking up room in my garage. If you live in the Chicago area. Come and get it. You may have it for free.


Sep 11, 2010
by: RON


Jul 20, 2010
need image for motor mount
by: dezine01bo

My husband just acquired one of these...need to see either a diagram or image of the back side (showing the motor mount or bracket). Thank you - really appreciate the help.


Jul 06, 2010
King Seeley Manual
by: Handyman Bob

I have a 6 page booklet (8.5" x 11") entitled "Operating Instructions and Parts List for Bench Saw, 8", Model Number 103.23832". It contains set-up and operating instructions, exploded diagrams and a parts list. This table saw looks very similar to 103.22160 except for the location of the On/Off switch. If you can use it, I can provide a copy. I also have a 32 page Craftsman Power Tool Handbook titled "The Circular Saw" copyright 1949. This handbook has 215 illustrations and covers topics such as set-up, adjustments, proper handling & operating instructions, etc. This handbook does not cover any specific model of table saw.

Jun 16, 2010
Need Instruction Book
by: Anonymous

Any one have an instruction book for this saw. Having trouble aligning the blade to table. Needs some left to right movement to align. The 4 bolts that hold the frame to the top wont allow any change.

May 25, 2010
Whats your saw worth?
by: rl'royg

It's not an antique, it's not a collectable, it's a saw. It is well build with precision adjustments and quality construction. I just bought this saw at an auction last week. Brought it home, plugged it in, flipped the switch and made a cabinet insert for my office. I paid more than anyone else was willing to pay so I guess it is worth what I paid for it; $15.00

May 02, 2010
Saw with planer......
by: cas.z

All the comments center around the saw...... I just 'inherited' one of these.... but this one is mounted on a multi-pulley metal stand where the 1 HP motor will power a planer that is mounted alongside the saw.........

Anyone have a general idea of what it might be worth........

Apr 23, 2010
Angle drive gear needed
by: Thom

Yo Donald...any luck finding a replacement angle drive gear?

Feb 18, 2010
Great Little Saw
by: Teitloff

I have two of these table saws. I will sell one,because I bought the second one for parts and did not need it. It is complete less motor. Just add some tables for big saw performance. I like the Old Units, they are built to last.
This Site is a great.

Feb 15, 2010
want to sell
by: Aaron

i have this saw, still working. looking to sell it. anyone know what it might fetch? thanks.

Jan 23, 2010
need a source for a gear.
by: Donald

Hi Guys
My Dads table saw has a bad angle gear #37421-103, Do any of you know where I can get one?

Nov 27, 2009
Rip Fence
by: Anonymous

Your picture shows the rip fence [picture attached on one side of the table.I need a pictur of the other side ,too. THANKS

Oct 12, 2009
motor mounting
by: buzzs

i would like to see picture or diagram of how the motor mounts to the saw support table and belt hookup

Sep 18, 2009
blade bushing
by: Anonymous

standard 1/2" copper plumbing works to adapt standard blades to the 1/2" arbor - just saw off a 1/8" slice and de-bur.

Aug 11, 2009
Arbor bushing
by: Anonymous

For you folks wanting to use 5/8" arbor blades with these, you can get a bushing that adapts 5/8" down to 1/2". They still sell them at Sears, just bought some today.

Jun 24, 2009
Convert 1/2" arbor to 5/8" arbor
by: michigandan

Has anyone successfully replaced a 1/2" arbor with a 5/8" arbor? Thanks

Apr 23, 2009
by: Anonymous

You cannot get blades for this arbor. I use a shim that I made up from a bronze bushing. Just find a bushing with a 5/8 OD and a 1/2 ID and cut a 1/6 piece off of it. Insert into blade. Thats it!

Mar 26, 2009
by: Nick

I just bought one of these. I'm having a heck of a time finding blades (except dado blades) the ones I do find have 5/8 arbor. What do I do?

Jan 22, 2009

Where can I find 8" blades for my old Craftsman bench saw with a 1/2" arbor. Today's blades have a 5/8" arbor.

Dec 30, 2008
Craftsman 8
by: Dave

My dad purchased this saw back in 1953 and has been in our family ever since. It has been sitting in my garage for the last 7 years. I have begun to strip it down and re-condition it. I would be curious to know what kind of value (antique) this has.

Dec 11, 2008
replacement part
by: Bob

writing for hubby... he has a tablesaw craftsman 10322160 and needs a new groument for the motor mount. Sears says they no longer have that part.. part # C37107 ... has anyone replaced that part and what did they do? any suggestions would be helpful... thank you...

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