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splatman

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01-12-2016 12:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw vintage davis wells davis and wells biesemeyer baldor

Got this Davis and Wells 12” Table Saw on January 4.

As you can see, the serial no. is 910. The seller said it is probably from the 1940s. Is it?
Has a Baldor 2.5HP motor. Takes 120V. No indication whether it can be wired for 240V. I installed a 120V 30A circuit to run this machine. I could not get a decent pic of the motor’s nameplate.
Has twin V-belt drive.
Motor has to be held up to put tension on the belts. Had a friend hold up the motor when I tested it. Cuts 3” Doug Fir like it was nonexistent. I wonder, is the motor mount on upside down?
Have not tested the tilt feature yet.
Yes, that is a Biesemeyer fence. Does it clamp onto the rear fence rail? Will the missing section over the motor be a problem? I would do more things with the saw, but it’s cold in the garage. Won’t fit in my wood-shop-shed. Waiting for warmer times.

The top has only the left cast iron extension. The right side has a large sheet-steel extension. Is it original, part of something else (a cabinet?) that happened to fit, or a custom 1-off made for this machine, I don’t know.

A complete overhaul is in the future.

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dhazelton

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 01:00 AM

Look it up at the Vintage Machinery website (OWWM). EVERYTHING you want to know about it or parts you need are there.

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 01:05 AM

Head on over to OWWM and let them drool… there are a few members who have similar saws there, such as this one:

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 02:56 AM

Thats gonna be a beatiful saw when its finished…..
Good luck on the rebuild!

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 04:04 AM

Your looks a bit older than mine.You can still get parts from Davis and wells.
Here’s a look at mine

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splatman

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 06:30 AM

I joined OWWM, and started a thread like this, and the post got considered as spam and denied right from the get go. Overenthusiastic spam detector? I read their rules first; do not understand what’s the issue. So I posted here instead.

Aj2, is that a second TS top as an outfeed table? Potential!

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#6 posted 01-12-2016 06:42 AM

I joined OWWM, and started a thread like this, and the post got considered as spam and denied right from the get go. Overenthusiastic spam detector? I read their rules first; do not understand what s the issue. So I posted here instead.
- splatman

Are you sure it was denied? The first (or maybe first couple) posts go through a moderator to make sure it’s not spam and make take a day or two before being approved, but after that, they post directly. If your first post was worded like the one above, there should not have been a problem. The rules are pretty simple – US made machines only, and at least 20 years old (although there are some exceptions to that one). The minor rules are – don’t ask for value, and don’t post about on-going machine ads or auctions. If it really was denied, I’d try again.. it’s the best resource for Vintage machinery around (along with the Vintagemachinery site, which is considered their “Mothership”).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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splatman

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#7 posted 01-12-2016 07:10 AM



Are you sure it was denied? The first (or maybe first couple) posts go through a moderator to make sure it s not spam and make take a day or two before being approved, but after that, they post directly. If your first post was worded like the one above, there should not have been a problem.
Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

I tried again, and got the same error: This message was flagged as spam and has been denied.
I took out the bit about installing a 30A circuit; OWWM looks down on building wiring discussion.

I PMed it to both OWWM site admins. Will shave to see what they have to say.

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 01-12-2016 07:15 AM

I tried again, and got the same error: This message was flagged as spam and has been denied.
I took out the bit about installing a 30A circuit; OWWM looks down on building wiring discussion.

I PMed it to both OWWM site admins. Will shave to see what they have to say.
- splatman

Weird… but I’m sure they will straighten it out eventually.

Oh, can’t help with your saw, but the Biesemeyer fence doesn’t need a rear rail, so you shouldn’t have any problems. It’s main job (rear rail) is to hold up an extension table if you have one. The fence itself only uses the front rail and guide tube.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: That, I believe, is the commercial Biesemeyer fence (same one I have) – either a BC30 or BC50 depending on length, and is a little bit more stout than the homeshop versions. A manual can be found here.

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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splatman

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#9 posted 01-12-2016 08:35 PM

Got the message to post.
Took out the pix, then it posted fine. Put the pix back in using the Edit function.
OWWM has a hair-trigger spam filter that will deny any first post with links, images or email address. OWWM has an open-door policy, and , as you can imagine, that’s a spam magnet. So a hair-trigger spam filter was installed to clip that problem.

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