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Refurbished Delta Rockwell Super 900

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Blog entry by TECO182 posted 05-29-2014 02:52 AM 1720 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 1958 Delta Rockwell Super 900 Radial Arm Saw. Purchased in the winter for $50 (in working condition) complete overhaul included grinding all cast iron components and paint (3 stage paint) , polishing all aluminum components and a complete rewire. Did this as a Father’s Day gift.



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doitforfun

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 09:55 AM

Looks awesome!

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 10:58 AM

Sweet! I love those older radial arm saws. Would love to get one someday. Nice job!

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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stefang

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#3 posted 05-29-2014 11:25 AM

Wow, what a transformation! You did an amazing restoration on this venerable tool. In fact of all the restorations I’ve seen, many really well done, I think yours is by far the best. It looks like you just got it delivered in better than new condition.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-29-2014 01:14 PM

Excellent job! You need to post on owwm.org This one is calendar worthy.

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 02:18 PM

DeWalts get all the praise, and I’m so glad I’ve got mine, but it looks like this delta could hang with the best of them. I suspect that these old dewalts/deltas are in a calss of their own when compared to their modern counterparts, or to other makers like craftsman, comet, or ridgid. just my suspicion though.

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 03:16 PM

Looks like you started off with decent stock. What you put back together is exquisite. This is a piece worthy of an art museum.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#7 posted 05-29-2014 06:42 PM

Amazing job. +1 for putting it up over at owwm. I love the chromed out motor housing. Is that just polished bare metal or paint?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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TECO182

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#8 posted 05-29-2014 09:44 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments. I will for sure post on owwm.

ToddJB, it is all polished aluminum, which was quite the task as these were all sand cast and painted.

HokieMojo I have a Dewalt that is the next project.

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ToddJB

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#9 posted 05-29-2014 10:48 PM

Wow, that is a ton of work. What’s is your process for polishing ?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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TECO182

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#10 posted 05-29-2014 11:05 PM

-wire wheel to remove paint
-start with 80 grit on a DA sander and work to 220
-hand sand with 400 and work to 1000
-on a bench grinder with polishing wheel use two compounds

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#11 posted 05-29-2014 11:07 PM

Man. You earned it. Great work.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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