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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #19: Delta Bench Saw Bearing Woes

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 11-09-2014 03:49 PM 1311 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After all the time I have put into refurbishing this saw, after all the gross and fine adjustments made, at the end of it all the saw is unusable. How bad is it? A 90 degree miter cut of a 1/2” thick piece of hardwood only a few inches deep leaves at least one stepped kerf in cut and on both axis the cut is not square. You can smell wood burning and see the practically new blade struggle to get through the cut. A rip cut leaves sporadically located kerf marks along the cut edges on both side. Even light burn marks. The blade is squared to the miter slot to within a 1/32” at the back and as close as possible with a cast aluminum top for 90 degrees vertical true. The fence face is square to the top and blade, plus I measure front and back of the blade to the fence before ripping. It also sounds rough through my ear protection when cutting.

Before buying the saw I wiggled the installed blade to check for bearing wear. I thought there was a little too much play. The long country roads drive made me antsy to buy the thing. A new armature bearing is about $30.00, by the time you add the shipping. Is the saw worth it? Probably not.

I couldn’t care less about the $25.00 investment in the saw. It’s the time I have spent refurbishing the saw that has me torqued. For now, it’s a put-away for a future time when I have the shop up and some time to kill dismantling the motor carriage and motor. And here I am a month later with the base unfinished and the Skilsaw table saw my ‘catch-22’ choice. Not a happy camper.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA



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NormG

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#1 posted 11-09-2014 04:12 PM

Sorry to hear of your frustration with this saw. You made a wise choice to put it away for a while and return at a later time.

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

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 11-09-2014 05:11 PM

Sorry, Perhaps a better deal is just around the corner.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Paul Bucalo

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#3 posted 11-11-2014 02:04 PM



Sorry to hear of your frustration with this saw. You made a wise choice to put it away for a while and return at a later time.

- NormG

Thanks, Norm. I made an impulsive decision to buy this beat-up saw. Lesson learned. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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Paul Bucalo

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#4 posted 11-11-2014 02:05 PM



Sorry, Perhaps a better deal is just around the corner.

- luv2learn

Thanks. I’m sure there is. If I am lucky, I will be able to afford it when it happens on by. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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