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Project by Tinnocker posted 06-21-2010 09:54 PM 2154 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been making a bunch of address signs for folks in the neighborhood and with the money I planned on investing in some shop tools to make a bigger variety of projects. I am charging $50.00 a sign and $25.00 to install it. The last 2 signs I made $100.00. I’ve been looking on Craig’s list for a bench grinder to sharpen my chisels and a band saw for doing small crafts. I finally found them! A very nice guy in Carney’s Point, NJ had the band saw for sale. He said it was old but still in good shape and had a new blade. I was a little leary about driving 2 1/2 hours to look at an old saw but for $80.00 it was in my price range.
I took one look at the saw and said SOLD! It is an old Delt Homecraft 10” band saw made by Rockwell. It was in excellent condition! Everything but the belt, motor and blade were original condition. I checked online and found a manual and discovered it was made in 1949 one of the first 500 made according to the serial number. The bearings and the guides are a little worn, but will probably last me my lifetime.
The other purchase was a Cummings bench grinder. A woman lost her husband and was getting rid of his tools, I didn’t try to haggle over the $20.00 price tag and she was happy to be rid of it and I was happy to have it. I made a folding table for it and added it to my shop.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!





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Tinnocker

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#1 posted 06-21-2010 09:55 PM

BTW I made the fence for the bandsaw and the chisel jig for the grinder

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#2 posted 06-21-2010 10:25 PM

“A woman lost her husband and was getting rid of his tools, I didn’t try to haggle over the $20.00 price tag and she was happy to be rid of it and I was happy to have it. I made a folding table for it and added it to my shop.”

I do that too, not haggling in similar situation. I am just more comfortable and usually I feel like I did the right thing. I have a similar bandsaw also sold as a Homecraft. My FIL gave it to me and when he bought it, he only paid $25. He had COPD and his doctor no longer wanted him to breath any wood dust. The top of his was the same as the later 14” in shape, like an upside down U so I guess it is a later model than yours. I had to have the bearings upgraded as it used needle bearings and the race wore out.

-- jstegall

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#3 posted 06-21-2010 10:38 PM

Hi John,
I love to haggle over just about everything but not in that kind of situation. I never want to take advantage of another persons loss or misfortune. If I know that the person is needy I won’t haggle either.
I love this saw it is rock solid. My wife and I were at the local BORG looking to buy my Father’s Day present (a new B&D belt sander) and we looked at the Ryobi $189.00 plastic bandsaw and that’s when my wife was very pleased at the $80.00 price tag on my old Delta saw.
Thanks for the comment,
Ted

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#4 posted 06-21-2010 11:18 PM

enjoy those toys Ted

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 06-21-2010 11:28 PM

And I thought I did well on CL this week! Enjoy them, I know I would!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 06-22-2010 12:24 AM

Finding a good deal is always exciting. I know you will enjoy your new tools. Have fun…

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#7 posted 06-22-2010 02:19 AM

Good score for your shop…love the older equipment.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 06-22-2010 02:54 PM

used but not abused is always a great find…....enjoy your new toys!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#9 posted 06-22-2010 07:34 PM

Scored for sure! Congrats!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 06-22-2010 10:58 PM

Great Score Ted!!! I have 2 of those bandsaws and know that you won’t be disappointed. At $80.00 it was a steal in that kind of condition. The light alone would go for 80.00 or more on Craigslist. Have fun.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#11 posted 06-23-2010 06:14 AM

I love these old workhorses. Take good care and enjoy.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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