My first table saw was recently given to me when my parents abruptly moved from near me in Maryland, to Texas. It was a Ryobi P.O.S. that my dad later claimed hurt him every time he used it. I also learned the hard way, through some pain and a couple months of a useless left index finger, that a quality piece of equipment would likely have saved me some grief.
The blood did a good job of hiding, in the photo, how significant the damage was, actually. My ignorance abound, I still likely would’ve had the same or worse incident with a more substantial piece of equipment. It was undoubtedly operator error. So during my recovery I have spent most of my days educating myself on all things woodworking and primarily the glorious machines that woodworkers use to create. I have enjoyed watching and reading the media and information Marc at thewoodwhisperer.com offers.
I am a gear junkie, and I will always want the best. I am a Marine, and will make it work because that is what we do in the Corps. That said, I recently purchased a December, 1983 Rockwell 10” right-tilt 1.5hp 1PH Unisaw for $400. Here it is disassembled before cleaning.
I am now the second owner, and received the arbor nut wrench owners manual in its original frosted Rockwell sleeve with all the original paperwork.
It also came with a Supermax 25” 2hp 1PH drum sander, a Total-Shop 2hp 1PH dust collector, a 53” Beisemeyer fence, a melamine router extension table with casters, a wheeled base for the TS, a Bosch evs1613 plunge router, 2 Forrest WWI blades, a Forest 5” blade stiffener, an Incra joinery router jig with all the templates and adhesive measurement strips(not sure what the correct term is here), a dozen assorted carbide router bits, a forstner bit set, a thin kerf zero-clearance, and 4 dado zero-clearance inserts. On the saw, the belts are worn and need replacing. Upon inspection, and losing the ball-bearings, I need a new switch. I purchased new 10G wires and have replaced the wiring from the motor to the switch, but haven’t decided with which switch I will replace it. Then I will replace the rest of the wiring. I also intend to replace the motor with a new 5hp 1PH motor in the near future, making it challenging to decide on a switch right now. I want my decades of use to be worry-free regardless of the hardness of the material I am feeding. I have already cleaned, sanded, primed, and painted the cabinet in a metallic satin nickel rust-oleum rust stopper paint and primer in one. Still looks classy and industrial in my opinion.
I paralleled the blade to the miter slots, as well as “leveling” the cast iron extension wings to the best of my ability without the use of shims. The left side has some sagging that I need to eliminate. I mildly cleaned the top surface, and it will require thorough lapping before I am satisfied. I am searching for an engine cover as well, because it didn’t have one. Any input on the switch problem would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise enjoy my frequent failures and injuries(I’m very lucky to be married to an ICU/Trauma Nurse, and have VA medical care), learn from me, and be appreciative in general.
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