Woodshop On A Budget #5: A Table Saw for Free?!?!?

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Blog entry by Chefshep posted 03-14-2011 04:26 AM 5075 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 05:16 AM should have plenty of insight on this saw. I restored a 60’s Craftsman drill press, table saw, and 50’s Jointer using the VM knowledgebase.
Good luck with the restore. Its time consuming, but it sure feels good to see/hear a machine purr to life after all the hard work. Even better, you’ll learn a ton about the machine.
I’m excited to follow your blog. I myself have a budget shop. I have a TS, DP, BS, shaper, and jointer. All vintage craftsman stuff that I bought for a song. Those five machines cost me less than $300. Of course, the newest of the bunch was built in 1970, so “shiny and new” does not apply. However, they all worked well when I bought them, and they work even better now after a tune-up and TLC.
I’ll probably replace them one-by-one over the next few years with a newer model. That is, if the newer model is truly better than the dinosaur. But when I decided I wanted a woodshop, I managed to put one together practically overnight…..with pennies.

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 05:56 AM

Tedstor, Thanks for the tip. I will check that sight out right away…

Also, check out the other posts for this blog series . It’s all about ideas & ways to get awesome deals. Finding vintage equipment & restoring it is an awesome way to get high quality tools at bargain prices, or even for free, if willing to invest a bit of time & effort

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 12:09 PM

I too have had to deal with a shoestring budget for outfitting my shop, so I know what you mean. That;s a great find, congrats.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Walt M.

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 03:44 PM

Ditto on the shoestring budget. Restoring old machinery can be rewarding if you have the patience, looking for parts and what have you. I was given an old craftsman lathe, rusted up, no motor and no idea of how to use a lathe.
my blog. So I’m going to learn. That is a good place to start. Google search the model no. and you be surprised what you can find. Maybe we could get Martin to add another forum topic about old machine restoration.

Good luck on your project and keep posting.

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 02:38 AM

I think your biggest problem (assuming you have all the other pieces) will be that motor. Based on the diagram and posts here it looks like the OE motor was a base mount NEMA 56 frame. The motor you bought looks like a face mount, and has a pretty short ouput shaft. By the time you get a mounting adapter bolted on, there might not be enough shaft showing to get the pully on. The good news is a NEMA 56 motor shouldn’t be too hard to find or cost that much. Even a brand new one from Grizzly is only $126. Good luck.

Silly me…after a closer look at the pics of that motor it looks like the frame is 56?Z….that should make things a bunch easier.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#6 posted 03-17-2011 03:15 PM

Sweet score! I hope you decide to do a blog on the restore. Congrats on the find!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#7 posted 07-18-2011 01:35 AM

Great score!

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#8 posted 05-11-2016 09:21 AM

I have the exact same saw that I restored 30 yrs ago and love it I had taken the whole saw apart and took it to a self serve sand blaster place lots of rust on the legs painted the same color also I run a 8 1/4 saw blade on it
look on the bottom on the table mine is stamped 1963 also get that twist belt its takes out all the vibrations
you can find a manual for it on craigs list. not one piece of plastic try buying one like that.
the only thing I don`t like is the fence have been looking all over the web with no luck
good luck it is one heavy saw moved it 8 times


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