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#1 posted 02-23-2017 09:05 PM

Post some pictures! The “Delta Specialty Company” was Delta’s original name when founded in 1919 and used up until about 1929, when they merged into the “Delta Manufacturing Company”. The “Handishop” (combo units) was introduced in 1928, so that machine was probably built sometime around there (1928-1929). Here is what the VM Wiki has to say about them:

In 1928 Delta Specialty Company came out with this set of tools and it included table saw, lathe, disc sander and the American Boy scroll saw. This was a combination machine. It’s interesting that Delta’s closets rivals, Boice-Crane and Walker-Turner, also had a similar early history to Delta’s and sold a similar machine though I suspect Boice-Crane’s pre-dated those sold by Delta and Walker-Turner as Boice-Crane had an 18 year head start in the machinery business.

In 1929 Delta Specialty became a division of the newly formed Delta Manufacturing Company. Their address was 1661-1667 Holten Street, Milwaukee, Wis.

Here is a link to the 1928 Delta Handishop catalog:
Delta Handi Shop Catalog C Delta General Line Catalog For February 1928

Without seeing it, it’s hard to place a value on it… But based on your description, it appears to be a No. 220 setup (lathe/sander/table saw) and sold for $112.50 when new :) I wouldn’t expect to get much for it though… the lathe is a smallish 9”x24” thing, and the table saw is only 6” and is a tilting table, not arbor, which a lot of people really dislike. It would be worth more to someone who is a collector than it would be to a typical hobbyist user IMO.


I’d suggest you go over to the old woodworking machine forum and ask there.

Good idea, but keep in mind that the site rules prohibit asking for valuations of machines. You could get a lot of good information about the machine over there, just not a price to sell it for.


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