By now most of you can see that I’m big on using Craigslist.
I don’t even plan on buying anything in particular, but still go to look on a regular basis, (you never know what you’ll find unless you look, right?).
So, I’m looking in the tools for sale section.
I’m basically looking for hand tools, but lots of things will catch my eye.
I come across an ad for a Rockwell Delta Table Saw.
I really don’t need a table saw, but there was a picture & I wanted to take a look at it.
This is what I saw…
The ad reads that it’s a Rockwell Delta 34-600 table saw that he was trying to restore. I didn’t see an asking price, and next to the Ph# to call, it had “FreeKurt”, just like that…
So I call the number. I get the guy on the line & start talking with him. He tells me the story, (there’s always a story).
He wanted to restore the saw. It needed a new motor & the bearings were shot. So he takes the whole thing apart. But he’s not able to get back to fixing it. It sits on his bench for 9 months before he decides to relieve his bench of the burden.
I asked what he was asking for it & explained that the ad didn’t have a price listed. He says “I tried to put the price as “Free” but it wouldn’t take it. I guess it has to be a # in the field for it to take. So I just put the word free next to my name”. He told me he didn’t want to put the saw in the “Free Stuff” section because he wanted to make sure that someone got the saw that would know what it was and would take the time to restore it. I went & picked up the saw. It is cast iron. The table is real heavy. From what I’ve found doing research, it could be from the late ‘60’s.
I was able to find the bearings for it for $5 each & found a 1hp Baldor electric motor that I will attempt to make work with this… the motor is really heavy & puts out 1725 rpm. Got it for $62.
I will probably make a saw station for this saw. It will be a fun project
I will probably need to do some pulley ratios to get this up to 3450rpm + for the saw to work properly. I will definitely need help with this restore. Any help, ideas, experience with this saw, please reach out… thanks in advance.
This entry is to show that your shop budget can be as little, (or as with this find, nothing), as a child’s allowance, and still make a decent place to make things happen.
-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill