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Forum topic by namrufmot posted 01-30-2016 09:22 PM 542 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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namrufmot

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01-30-2016 09:22 PM

I may be asking the impossible here but….

I found an ad on CL for a 14” Delta/Rockwell band saw. I call the guy to ask the model number and I swear he must be 113 years old! Doesn’t have a cell phone or e-mail so he can’t take pics for me. He said he went out and saw has the numbers 9599 on it but I’m assuming that’s serial number not the model number.

He says it must be from the 60s or 70s…”all metal not that Chinese crap, even has a big light bulb so you can see what you’re cutting” he said lol.

He lives 45 minutes away so I’d prefer to do some homework before I get out there.

Any ideas?


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conifur

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#1 posted 01-30-2016 09:25 PM

See if you can find it here, to to manufactures then find Delta
http://www.vintagemachinery.org/

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#2 posted 01-30-2016 09:37 PM

How much does he want? The retirement lights as they call them are pretty desirable from what I understand. 50$-75$ just for it maybe? Others will know.

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#3 posted 01-30-2016 10:27 PM

For the older vintages, they only made two saws – a wood cutting only and a wood/metal cutting saw – and none had model numbers anywhere on them. If it has the Delta retirement light on it, that alone is worth around $100, but they weren’t that big, so it may have something different. Those saws remained basically unchanged since they were introduced in the late 30’s. The number he gave you may be part of a serial number, but otherwise provides no useful information (a complete serial number could give you the date though). The wood/metal will have multiple pulleys on the back, the wood only model will only have the one drive pulley.

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 01-30-2016 10:40 PM

Take a step back. There are tons of retirement lights on ebay at any time, none priced at a hundred, but all have big prices and I don’t think any of them sell, so that ship might have sailed.

I would get back to the guy and ask him what color it is and what does the label look like, a round red nameplate or an adhesive sticker that says DELTA ROCKWELL. At least you’ll have a sense of older newer. If the price is right go check it out.

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#5 posted 01-30-2016 10:46 PM

Take a step back. There are tons of retirement lights on ebay at any time, none priced at a hundred, but all have big prices and I don t think any of them sell, so that ship might have sailed.
- dhazelton

Yeah, $100 is the upper end, but I’ve seen them go for more… and also for much less.
Check out the prices of completed sales on e-bay here. Of course, if what is on there isn’t a #882 light, then it doesn’t matter much :)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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namrufmot

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#6 posted 01-30-2016 10:54 PM

Ok just got off the phone and he described it a little better. It is gray with the serial number just below the cutting table. A round red delta emblem on the other side, open base with motor mounted below..quick google show it must be something like this: what is a fair offer for one that runs well?

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dhazelton

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#7 posted 01-31-2016 02:33 PM

Low side $200 if it works fine and needs nothing but is cosmetically challenged (less for a parts machine). High side $400 for one that’s mint-y. That’s MY thought anyway….

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namrufmot

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#8 posted 02-02-2016 02:43 AM

Guy is asking $300 which includes a few extra blades…thing looks like it is in pretty great shape and it runs/cuts smoothly.

Should I be worried that it is 40-50 years old? Are parts easy to find if I ever need to?

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#9 posted 02-02-2016 03:21 AM



Guy is asking $300 which includes a few extra blades…thing looks like it is in pretty great shape and it runs/cuts smoothly.

Should I be worried that it is 40-50 years old? Are parts easy to find if I ever need to?

- namrufmot

Frankly, the older the better! The newer the saw, the more worried you should be! :)

Parts are pretty available for it, the design basically stayed the same since it was introduced.

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