Table saw? #1: Now what did I get?

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Blog entry by Bluepine38 posted 06-13-2013 07:15 PM 2684 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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6:30 am looking at Craig’s list- Table saw for $100, picture looks like Delta with cast iron extension wings that
cost $100 each. Phone number says call or text, this time of the morning, I text asking where & when I can
buy this table saw thinking there has to be something wrong with it. Wait patiently, I have to be at work at
8:30. A friend has 2 slabs of corian and we have to cut & form front edges and back splash pieces as well as
get the slabs trued up. 7:00 am he texted back, I know he is up so I call him. Yes it is a Delta and it runs!!
First come gets it, so I hang up drive to the credit union get the cash and drive over. He has a partial dado
set he is throwing in.

It looks like a molding head to me, but it is his machine. I give him the cash, arrange to pick it up the next
morning and go to work, we get the corian cut, run through the shapers & routers and will glue it up Friday.
Here is what the saw looks like in the trailer.

I pull it out and set it on the floor of my shop and this is what I am looking at.

The serial number is 79-4109 and it is a 10” Table saw, not a unisaw made by the Delta Mfg. Div.
in late 1949 so it is not older than I am. The only marking I can find on the motor is a black
marker arrow showing rotation and the fancy initials ME on a small dust cap over the shaft. The fence
is missing the adjustment knob. I may replace that with a small wheel with crank to make easier to
adjust. The fence rails need tightening and polishing, but I think I want to take it apart, clean and
lubricate the tilt and height actions and maybe put a coat of paint on the machine. The wires coming
from the motor are hooked to heavy cord with two wire nuts and are hanging in the open, so I will
have to clean that up. The switch is kind of cobbled together, so I will replace it with a paddle switch
that will set forward so that I can bump it off with my knee just in case we have a problem. I think
I have a winner, and it will fit right in with my 8” Delta table saw and my Delta Lathe which are about
the same age as it. I will have to check out the 6 blades he threw in, a couple look OK. The motor
is 110 volt, and other motors this size were rated 3/4 Hp @ 9.75 amp. For some reason, I do not
think that this is an overrated motor. Did I do good?

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 07:30 PM

For $100, heck yeah you did good!

Nice pick up.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 07:41 PM

You certainly did not do BAD!

It is probably worth $30 for just scrap iron. Any new saw that you can buy for around $100 is only usable for rough—limited work. They are all “motorized”; your has a replaceable motor. This gives you more actual real adjustments than nay of the “motorized” ones.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 08:27 PM

I have an old molding set exactly like that with the interchangeable heads. It was my dads. I’m afraid to use it though. I’m afraid the heads will come off and hurt me. They are only held on with set screws.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 06-14-2013 12:07 AM

For $100, I would have giggled all the way home. Also, that is definitely a molding head and NOT a dado.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 06-14-2013 12:41 AM

Can’t go wrong for $100..It reminds me of an old 1947 Unisaw I once owned.

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#6 posted 06-14-2013 12:52 AM

Great find, Based on the serial number that would be a 1949 model. That machine will last you a lifetime with proper care. Those old style fences are not very good though. I recently upgraded a 20 year old Grizzly cabinet saw with a Vega Pro 40 fence, it’s the second Vega fence I’ve owned and I love them. Amazon has good prices on them, surprisingly affordable. Here’s a link where you can research the saw you have, you ought to add it to their collection so others can benefit from what you learn. God bless.

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#7 posted 06-14-2013 12:56 AM

Looks like it needs a little TLC but definitely a bargain!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 06-14-2013 02:39 AM

That looks a whole lot like my grandpa’s 1947 that I’m using. I replaced the fence on mine with a delta T2 and I love it. I replaced bearings, cleaned and painted it and it looks like new. That’s a great saw.

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#9 posted 06-14-2013 03:42 PM

Looks pretty good. Lots of TLC, grinding, and polishing should bring her up to functional speed. It will give you something else to do? LOL!

Have fun with your “makeover.”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 06-14-2013 05:27 PM

Firefighter, my set does not have set screw, they are more of a dog point and the dog point actually goes
through the individual bits and locks them in very securely. The only downside is that those molding heads
have to fed slow and sure, the best way would be with a power feeder and I have been looking for a good
deal on one for quite a while now. All the better ones are 3 phase.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 06-15-2013 12:12 PM

nice score,congrats on the new toy…

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#12 posted 06-15-2013 03:43 PM

Oh yeah, that sucker is going to be NICE!!!!

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