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Forum topic by Jamil396 posted 11-07-2017 07:56 PM 1746 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2017 07:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta biesemeyer model 10 tool brag craigslist table saw fence manual basement shop

After lurking in the shadows on this site I have finally decided to sign up and post. I have spent the last few years scouring the forums every time a budget friendly tool is listed on craigslist to make sure I am making the right decisions. So I wanted to start off with a thank you to everyone who posts and responds, your insight has been incredibly helpful in my search, and to keep me energized about the hobby.

Now a “quick” intro:
A few years ago, my fiancé and I lived in a loft in downtown New Haven. With no dedicated space for the wood working, I was often setting up outside in the parking lot, in my parents driveway, or in especially bad weather in the apartment bathroom . I am an Architect and she is a designer, so when we bought our house in late 2016, we agreed that the basement should be set aside as shop space.

The Tool Brag:
In the fall of that year I embarked on getting a few tools for the shop. After reading through the forums I settled on a craftsman belt driven contractor saw, knowing I would eventually want to upgrade the fence and a few other parts.

A few weeks later I stumbled on a post for a Delta Contractor saw, and when I looked closely at the picture I swore it had a Biesemeyer Fence. The listing was 2 hours old and with a price of 100$ I figured it was long gone. I crossed my fingers and emailed. We exchanged emails and later that afternoon I arrived at an old cabinet makers shop. He had started the company with this table saw, but now the shop was being upgraded to CNC machines and they needed room. We talked for a bit, he asked about my new shop and my ambitions. He seemed genuinely excited for the saw to be useful to someone again. By the time I left he had loaded my car with the saw and fence, a scroll saw, belt sander, a few drills, and an old pancake compressor. He even had all of the original manuals for the tools. As I reached for my wallet to settle up he smiled and asked for the 100 dollars that we originally agreed to.

The motor was wired for 220, so without an outlet I continued to use the craftsman for a few more months until I had some time this past weekend to get it rewired. In addition to rewiring I cleaned and waxed the top, mounted the rails (still not sure how they were originally on the saw) and did some general clean up. The saw is still a bit rough, but I have ordered a new belt, and blade flange (?) and with any luck will be cutting this weekend.

What is a good story without pictures?

I put the saw on a moving dolly while I mounted the rails and worked on the motor (also why the assembly seems to tilt in the pictures) it will sit on the floor now until I get a mobile base for it.

A close up of the freshly cleaned and waxed top and original manual (The wing needs some love next)

The original owner tagged the motor with his company name and logo, I am not sure, but based on the signage on the building the original company name has been changed. I like the history in this saw and plan to leave the sticker in place.

Most times when I buy a used tool the seller is happy to see it put back into use, but none as excited as he was. I will continue to clean it up and hope it will spend many years as the backbone of my little basement shop. Meeting great people just makes this hobby that much better.

I look forward to adding to this site in whatever way I can, thanks for reading!

-- Jeremy New Haven, CT

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#1 posted 11-07-2017 10:47 PM

Nice find… basically got a Biesemeyer commercial fence for a great price and they threw in the saw for free :)

You can still get parts for that fence from some of the aftermarket suppliers if needed, like that knob on the cam lock lever. Mine was missing as well when I bought it, but I just made one out of recycled milk jugs (and with an embedded nut):

The glide pads are available as well, but they are only offered for the newer models that snap into holes drilled in the fence. You will need to either drill holes, or cut off the tabs and glue them on. The original fence system used a laminate material for them, so you can go to the local BORG and pick up some of those little cabinet counter sample chips and cut them to size. Essentially it’s the exact same stuff as what was on there originally.

Some other parts are no longer available, like the end caps, however it is just standard metal tubing so you should be able to find them at a metal supplier/fabricator shop. Again, I just made my own out of recycled milk jugs:

I’m sure you are going to love the new (to you) saw. They are great little workhorses, and the fence makes them even better.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 11-07-2017 10:52 PM

Welcome to Ljs Jamile
Enjoy you saw.


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#3 posted 11-08-2017 11:46 AM

Nice setup with lots of potential. Get it aligned, and put a good blade on it. Welcome to LJs. Have fun!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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