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Forum topic by Tonyism7 posted 01-21-2020 09:19 PM 475 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tonyism7

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01-21-2020 09:19 PM

I have a line on a table saw for a potentially good price. However, the seller knows absolutely nothing about the saw and only had two pictures of it.

I’m hoping someone here more talented than myself might be able to identify it from those 2 pictures before I commit to it since it’s a bit of a drive. The blade insert looks like a Delta, but the beveled corners on the saw body are throwing me off.


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#1 posted 01-21-2020 09:40 PM

hmm, can’t tell exactly:
- White right tilt cabinet saw

Delta put the serial number plate on same side of cabinet as the magnetic starter. Since I don’t see either in normal locations, and the base stand-off is really short; not likely one of the white Unisaw?

Probably Jet, remote chance it’s a Delta, could be Steelex if grey.
If newer model, might be Jet hybrid saw?

Missing hand wheel for tilt, blade guard, and a fence? Can’t see the power switch or magnetic starter box anywhere? Missing hand wheels are not cheap. New fence is $300-400.
Even if motor runs, all the missing parts reduce the value significantly.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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pontic

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#2 posted 01-22-2020 01:27 AM

From the throat plate and base trim I’d say a very stripped down Jet. If so it’s getting harder and harder to get replacement parts for the older models.

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#3 posted 01-22-2020 02:33 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, but I think I just cracked the code. I’m pretty sure its a Steel City saw. I’m not sure which model exactly, but they all seem pretty decent.

I think I’m going to jump on the saw and cross my fingers that the missing parts are in a box in the corner. Its 2.5 hours away from me, but I figure I can’t get hurt too badly for $100.

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#4 posted 01-22-2020 04:31 AM

I think I m going to jump on the saw and cross my fingers that the missing parts are in a box in the corner. Its 2.5 hours away from me, but I figure I can t get hurt too badly for $100.
- Tonyism7

You might get lucky… or you might wind up with a money pit. I’ve found out over the years that it’s the missing and broken stuff that really bites you in the wallet – particularly from lesser known manufacturers or lightly produced machines where there were not a lot of extra parts to begin with. From those limited pictures, I’m seeing enough missing stuff that I would walk away unless the owner could ensure that everything is there somewhere – particularly if I had to drive 2.5 hours one way for it! I drove about that far to get a $150 Unisaw, but it was mostly complete and also came with a lot of extras. Good luck!

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 01-22-2020 04:46 AM

I would say either steel city or craftsman. Most definitely missing pieces. See my postings if you need parts. They are available (at least in my case). Good luck!

-- Be safe out there

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#6 posted 01-22-2020 05:00 AM

If it’s Steel City, getting parts might be interesting adventure? Lol

Can find a lot of information about Steel City name history in this LJ thread:
https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/207218

BTW – Harvey Machinery Co., Ltd. uses images with Steel City logo on them to advertise some wood working tools on Alibaba, including cabinet saws. They used to have same images the Harvey Website, but the recent creation of Harvey Machinery in USA they have removed many of the old pics showing OEM they have made past. :-(

If motor is good and tool works, without a fence at least you can use it for dedicated cross cut saw?

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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Tonyism7

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#7 posted 01-24-2020 12:48 PM

Thanks for the info on Steel City. There’s some pretty good digging in that thread.

I ended up picking up the saw last night. It’s a Steel City hybrid saw, Model #35605. It’s a left tilt saw with a 3 hp motor.

The saw is in pretty good shape other than some missing parts. Unfortunately, the seller didn’t have any of those. Thankfully, both 12” cast extension tables were there, all the internals, 3hp motor, and switch are all there.

So now I’ll be looking for both handwheels, a fence, a belt, the splitter/guard system, the dust collector port cover, and the side cover. The handwheels seem like they’ll be the most difficult to source since they aren’t just a standard wheel with a set screw, and are no longer available from Craftsman or Steel City suppliers. I have a Vega U50 fence on a Craftsman 113.27521 I restored. So I might rob that and look for a smaller setup for the Craftsman.

If anyone knows where to find some of those parts, please let me know.

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#8 posted 01-24-2020 04:41 PM

I have a Steel City saw, different model and if someone wanted it they would have to bring the National Guard with them to try… I love the saw, have had no problems with it. Have no idea where a person would get parts for one. Maybe some Delta parts would fit, Steel City was originally started by some x-Delta guys.

Oh, just did a search,,, might check here:
https://www.normand.ca/en/steel-city-en.html?p=6

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CaptainKlutz

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#9 posted 01-24-2020 07:49 PM

+1 Contact the ‘NEW’ Steel City importer in Canada, Normad

There are random reports on WWW that Normand has been providing parts support for older models.
Primarily ones that were made by the same mfg as the current models, and uses common parts.

The fence in manual pictures looks identical to Grizzly/Shopfox fences. Craftsman also sold Hybrid TS with same fence. That makes me think that someone might also sell identical hybrid? The challenge with hybrids is they have gone through many improvements since 1st introduction, and there are numerous discontinued models you might have to sift through to find one that matches. If you find a Grizzly/Shopfox clone, they usually have parts.

Best Luck!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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kklowell

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#10 posted 01-25-2020 12:24 AM

One of the handwheels on the old table saw that I’m working on is missing its handle and in the process of looking for a replacement handle I stumbled across many places to get handwheels. Some of them are very cheap, others rather pricey. If you know what type of mechanism is used by the handwheel to turn the shaft (like a roll pin, or key, or just friction fit) you should be able to find a handwheel that will work for you. I found them on Amazon, Ebay and several other sites.

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