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New to me Rockwell TableSaw #1: Just got the Saw , now for the cleanup and Adjusting

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Blog entry by Richard posted 11-17-2014 07:44 PM 2237 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I just got an Old Rockwell tablesaw on Friday night and am about to start checking it out.
The name on the front of saw says 10” Tilting Arbor Saw but I haven’t found a Manual or parts guide that matches it 100% yet but I did find one for the 10” Contractors Saw that the Manual is pretty close to the same as this saw but the parts list I found is way off.
First pic is the basic setup of the saw as I got it into the Apt. , note the motor is laying on the base since it would not go thru the door with the motor hanging out the back.

Next pictures are a couple of shots of the castiron top and wings , kind of highlighted one to show where some small not to deep scratches are that don’t show up too well in the photo. Pretty much normal wear and light surface rust to be expected for a saw of this age.

Next are a couple of shots thru the insert where I expected to find a Ton of built up saw dust and general crud to have to clean out. Very surprised how clean it really is. In the 2nd one you can see where the Splitter and Blade Gaurd mount should go , but they didn’t come with it so I will have to find something for that. Maybe the BORK unit will fit , I was also surprised to find that the Mount for the Splitter does move with the blade when it gets raised or lowered and even tilted so an add on should move with it as well.
Oh you might notice a difference in the Date and Time Stamp on some of the pictures , my camera date was off so I changed it part way thru takeing them , they were all taken on the 14th of Nov. 2014.

And last for now is a shot of the top where I used my ROS with some 220 grit and WD-40 to cleanup a small section of the left wing to see how it would work. Quite happy with how this starting to look, I am not trying to get it to Shine like new but just get surface rust off and the scratches have pretty much gone away as well so I will finish of the whole top and put some Johnsons Paste Wax on it and call it good to start working with.

Next time I will have to show you some pictures of the Alingment Testing I did to check it out. You would not beleive me if I don’t show the the pictures of this because the thing is Dead On Perfect as far as I can tell for the Blade 90 deg. and 45 deg. check as well as Blade to Miter Slot check. Man I got Lucky on this as I figured it was going to take a couple hours of Tweaking to get it ready to power on and test. Now I just have to finish up a 220 Volt extension cord for it as it came prewired for 220 Volt with a plug that I don’t have an outlet to match.
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I put this in as Forum topic as well but figured I should also add it to the Blog.

I am looking to replace the Stock fence on the Rockwell Contractors Tablesaw I just got but I don’t want to have to drill the castiron table sides to do it so I am looking for a Bolt On replacement. I have been told by some that the DELTA 36-T30 T2 30-Inch Fence and Rail System will bolt on but I can’t find the specs on it to show me the distance between the holes that hold it on the table. I will measure the holes on mine and add that when I can.



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timbertailor

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 05:49 PM

Any updates?

Looking forward to the transformation.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 06:19 PM

Brad , not much yet since work has been busy getting ready for the Holiday slow down and a couple of Sick days. I did get all the wireing changed out to new 220V plugs and made my PigTail for useing the Dryer plug and took it outside and powered it up and and made 2 cuts that came out just fine, the Fence is a pain but I knew that going in. Also I found that the splitter (when I get one) does not move up and down with the blade as I thought but it does Tilt with the blade so that is good.
We have also had some Rain the last week (We need more but I don’t like rain) so getting it outside with no cover is not a good idea for the castiron I am trying to get cleaned up.
I will try to post the pics of the alinement testing and show how much Dead On it was when I got it. The Man who had owned it must have very good at keeping everything Tuned up just right with it. Most likely won’t get any real time with it until after Xmas since I am going to spend a week or so in San Digeo area with the Daughter and Grandkids.

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 08:26 PM

You’re fortunate to have the cast iron wings. I had the stamped sheet metal, and thought they were cheesy. All in all, that’s a very clean looking saw.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#4 posted 12-05-2014 06:01 PM


You re fortunate to have the cast iron wings. I had the stamped sheet metal, and thought they were cheesy. All in all, that s a very clean looking saw.

- runswithscissors


The cast iron wings are one of the reasons I picked it over a couple of others that were listed on C/L at the same time , and the ones with the stamped wings cost more and also had the stock 1 1/2 hp motor where this one has a replacement Dayton 2 hp prewired for 220V.

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 06:21 PM

Here are a couple of photos of the adjustment testing I did on the saw ( sorry for the poor quality pics) and I am verry happy with the results I got. It looks like the prior owner knew what he was doing with it.

First is the Pointer cranked to the 90 Deg stop and then my wixey Gauge zeroed on the table and then mounted on the blade to check it. Looks like a perfect 90 to me.

And then the Pointer cranked to the 45 Deg stop and the Wixey gauge checking it. Again looks perfect to me.

And checking from the blade to the miter slot I got 5 34/64th ” at the front and back of the blade. The photo is really bad but that is what it showed on the ruler.

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#6 posted 02-10-2015 08:28 PM

So it sounds like you are very happy with your new acquisition. Glad it tuned up well. Should serve you well for years to come.

Congratulations!

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#7 posted 02-10-2015 09:49 PM


So it sounds like you are very happy with your new acquisition. Glad it tuned up well. Should serve you well for years to come.

Congratulations!

- timbertailor


Brad , Yea I am very happy so far with it. I have done a little more cleanup on the table and added a new Link Belt from HF and got a Miter Gauge from MLCS and got all the wireing done for the 220 volt and tested it on a couple of cuts and it cut’s just great even with the blades that came with it that I have no idea of thier age but they are carbide tiped so thats good. I have to get some larger casters (looking at some 4” locking ones from HD)to put on the exiasting base to make it a bit easier to get in and out of the house with only one person, the current 1 1/2” or 2” ones are a pain to get over a door sill. Also I would REALLY Like to get a better Fence for it but that looks to be as much if not more than what I paid for it and I can live with the standard one for now since I pretty much know what it limitaions are and how to deal with them.
Then as soon as I can get a couple of good rain free days on the weekend with no other commintments I want to make a new base for it that will be the same overall size as the table (27” X 36” I think) so I can add some better dust collection to it as well as some badly needed storage in the base unit as well. Trying to build up a woodworking tool collection while living in an Apartment is some what of a challenge but I am going to give it my best shot, right now my living room looks like a Tool Storage Warehouse for a Flea Market seller. I have the Skechup plan for the base pretty well down to the last design now after 4 or 5 different ideas. It won’t be super fancy but it should do what it needs to do.
Thanks

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