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Forum topic by Crackers posted 02-23-2018 04:18 PM 994 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2018 04:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter gauge rt40 tablesaw


So recently I had the opportunity to get a delta rt40 table saw for 600.00! So I have the space and had been looking to upgrade after 6 years using a bosh portable saw and for the most part it did an okay job. I was searching CL for a nice older unisaw and this saw pooped up and was at a place in Berkeley Ca. that’s called urban ore. I wouldn’t want to call it a wrecking yard for old home parts but it has almost every thing that is still serviceable and can be used or repurposed. I saw in the ad that it was being stored outside and we had just had our first rain of the year and it needed to get inside quick. So I made the call and spoke to the manager and he said that they will take offers. So I hitched up my trailer and off I went. When I got there I saw it was in great shape but a little rust was starting on the table after the first rain. It has a 52” biesemyer fence and was in decent shape so I decided to find the guy that I could make a deal with. After chatting with him and asking where it came from and he told me Ashby lumber a local lumber yard. When I heard that I knew it had to be mine. Growing up as the son of a general contractor I went to the lumberyard frequently with my father in particularly Ashby. I remember this saw in their shop from my childhood and had to have it. So I made a deal with the manager for 600.00 and had it loaded on my trailer and was off. I got back home and now had to get this monster off the trailer. I had them load in on top of some 4x’s and was able to rock and lift this pig on to a movers 4 wheel dolly and then roll it down a ramp into my shop. I do have a good amount of room in my shop but my areas of interest vary dramatically so it has to be on wheels. So from my research this girl weighs in at about 1200 pounds. So I did a little more research and I found a universal mobile base that would handle up to 1500 pounds so I bought it. What it showed up I assembled the base around the saw on top of the dolly and was able with a floor jack and some 4×4’s lower it down onto the floor. At this point I realized because of its size and not enough adjustment from the mobile base it had issues. It’s designed to have 6 bolts in each corner into corners only four bolts made up and it was sagging a bit. So after a week of debating I decided to jack the tablesaw back up take the mobile base apart make sure it fit the saw perfectly and weld it all together. I was able to get a VFD and I have it installed on the saw when it turns on dimmers the lights in my shop. The only thing I’m missing but I’m looking for help with is finding a miter gauge. It has a dovetail and the wider slot is 1 inch and the narrower portion of the slot is 3/4. Does anyone know if there’s a compatible miter gauge other than the original equipment that I could purchase to make this work? So kind of a long story but I’m looking for a miter gauge if you could help I’d appreciate it thank you

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#1 posted 02-23-2018 05:05 PM

Site says they can get the part. Your lucky
day. I guess there are enough of those saws
still around that shops are replacing lost miter

Normally with large old proprietary miter
gauges you’d pay an arm and a leg.

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#2 posted 03-09-2018 03:09 PM

Thanks I ordered one what’s funny is the time before it ships is 45-62 days….what are they doing mining ore?

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#3 posted 03-10-2018 01:38 AM

Congratulations on that find !

I ve always believed the rt40 top be the ultimate table saw

I would put it up against ANY tablesaw,,,,,,anytime,,,,,,anywhere

Your search is over amigo

Enjoy !

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