Now that's a saw

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Blog entry by marcb posted 03-15-2009 06:52 PM 967 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished putting together my Late 50’s Walker Turner Light-Heavyweight Saw.

This is more of a hybrid than a true cabinet saw, however it has one feature that makes up for all of that.

The top when combined with the 2 extensions is a whopping 50 1/2” wide by 32 1/2” deep. The bulk of that extra depth is behind the blade to help stabilize cuts and reduce the need for outfeed support.

This is a lot of thick heavy cast iron, the frame (assembly that holds the height adjustment/arbor/etc) weighs about as much as the top of my Model 10. That’s without the motor.

This is powered by a 2 HP Baldor High Effeciency 3 Phase motor. Wired to a WEG CFW-10 EasyDrive VFD. The VFD is programmed to bring the motor upto speed in about 1/2 second and ramps the speed down in 10 seconds.

For those unfamiliar with a VFD these are programmable features. I could tell it to take 20 seconds to come up to speed, and 1 second to stop (that would undo the nut holding the blade on probably). For rapid breaking of the motor you can install a break resistor so that the unit doesn’t overheat.

Walker Turner 2221

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#1 posted 03-16-2009 12:25 AM

Nice job marc….

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#2 posted 03-16-2009 10:04 AM

I don’t think i’ve ever seen a saw built in the 50’s that wasn’t built to last. Not sure i’ve ever seen this brand but its a safe bet it falls in that category.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 03-16-2009 07:16 PM

Thats a nice lookin old saw. Gotta luv the old iron.

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