Has anyone ever seen a tablesaw like this?

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Blog entry by lightweightladylefty posted 12-05-2014 07:01 AM 2092 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a tablesaw that is listed for sale on University of Wisconsin surplus. Does anyone have any thoughts about how old? Or do you think it might be someone’s homemade tool? We thought it looked rather interesting, but unsafe.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 07:14 AM

From the looks of the fence and crank handles, I would guess a Delta or Rockwell, from the 1940s or perhaps older.

I’m going to hazard to guess that the motor is not original and that the wheeled cart is home-built. Same goes for the double drive belts and requisite pulleys. Safety was not as heavily emphasized back then as it is now.

That’s my best guess. Perhaps someone else can be more definitive.


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#2 posted 12-05-2014 12:22 PM

wow – it’d make great ‘art’ but I’m with you on the unsafe part.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 12-05-2014 01:10 PM

never seen that one before. Probably works if you clean it up, grease the gears, polish the cast iron and aluminum. Motor might need to be replaced, but looks easy to replace. Happy bidding.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#4 posted 12-05-2014 01:16 PM

I wonder if at some time there was a second “case half” that enclosed the original pulley/belt setup? Might have been discarded rather than modify it for the belts and pulley to clear?

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 03:32 PM

It may have been driven originally by a wide belt from a live shaft.

As for safety, “back in the day” this would not have been a hobbiest’s tool. Industrial workplaces, even when I started out in the seventies, worked with the industrial tools of the day (for better or worse) and safety was the concern of the workman, not the tool manufacturer. There are still differences of opinion about how “safety” in the shop should be approached. ....... don’t get me started.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 06:12 PM

It looks rear study with a solid fence!! It also has a miter groove or maybe two. Clean it up and make a guard for those belts and I’ll bet it would work just fine. I run mine all the time with no blade guard but those belts could catch something because you don’t see them while working around it.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-05-2014 06:16 PM

Reminds me of my first table saw. A Craftsman 8 inch. external motor mounted on a wooden table. LOL! Oh yeah bearings? What Bearings! LOL!

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#8 posted 12-05-2014 08:47 PM

I want to agree with DocSavage45, it just reminds me of a Craftsman saw. Make a new table for it to sit upon though

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 12-06-2014 01:34 AM

Shipwright could be correct on the original belt drive, that is one of the original tilting table saws, and
with a belt guard, it could be a good saw for just regular ripping and crosscutting. The motor and saw
might need some new bearings and TLC, but it would be a good saw. I think it is a Delta model 1160.
Vintage Machinery has several pictures of this type of saw.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 12-06-2014 02:53 AM

Thanks, everyone, for all of your insight. I’m sorry if I misled you guys. I’m not planning to buy the saw but was just curious about it.

Gus, I couldn’t find anything on the Vintage Machinery site. I thought the saw looked like more of a collector’s item. We already have three table saws, so there’s really no room for another.

If anyone is interested in it, they are selling it for $59.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 12-06-2014 03:33 AM


I was finally able to get that info on the Delta 1160 to come up (my dial-up times out before pictures open). It does look a great deal like it. This one probably had a home-made base.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 11-17-2015 09:16 AM

Dial-up? You’re the one who’s still using that.

-- Mark

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