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#1 posted 11-17-2012 03:13 PM

I would be careful. If you can go the owwm site and print a copy of the Delta serial numbers ad take it with you. It will tell you the age of the saw. Delta/rockwell did some “value” engineering in mid to alte 70’s and quality suffered greatly. Some of the very early 70’s stuff is still very good however. One quick way to determine that era is the tag. Rockwell changed the logo to the familiar peace sign and got away from the red “r” and made in USA tag. If the saw if pre 70’s I would seriously consider it. For a couple of hundred dollars it can be brought back to life. Parts are readily available as Delta has not changed their design since the early 40’s. A few things to look at would be the table trunnions, make sure they are not broken, they are made of pot metal and break easily, especially if the saw is moved by the table. Also lok at the tensioning mechanism and that the main screw is not stripped and the tilt mechanismis intact. It is also made of pot metal. I have a 1962 14” Delta and love it. The are very sturdy and well built. As for price remember it is USED. I would not go above 50-60% of what a brand new comparable saw will sell for. Ultimately it is up to you what you are willing to pay. Good luck and have fun at the auction

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