LumberJocks

Free Scrollsaw

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by McFly posted 03-26-2016 11:33 PM 906 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View McFly's profile

McFly

188 posts in 487 days


03-26-2016 11:33 PM

Neighbor was cleaning out her Mom’s place to prepare for a pending sale and asked if I’d have any interest in a “noisy old saw”. Asked her what she wanted get for it and she said there are a couple lawnmowers in her garage that need a little love. Told her that would be just fine by me, though I warned her I’m no mechanic.

The first mower won round one, but the second mower looks like I can bring it back to lawn jockey glory.

So the saw turns out to be a Delta Rockwell Homecraft scroll saw powered by a 1/3hp motor with a polishing wheel attached to the other side of the arbor. Pretty sweet setup for a little over an hour of my time.

I’m off to the mothership to read up on my new scrollsaw!


21 replies so far

View Kelly's profile

Kelly

1108 posts in 2404 days


#1 posted 03-27-2016 02:43 AM

Congrads on the score. That has to feel good.

Go play [then post].

View McFly's profile

McFly

188 posts in 487 days


#2 posted 03-27-2016 11:00 AM

SN: P6884

5 character alphanumeric serial that defies all convention noted on the mothership and even an exception is noted for cases like these. Guess I’m need to get more sleuthy if I’m going to figure out a date of manufacture.

According to Keith’s writeup about Delta Rockwell serial numbers on Vintage Machinery:

“It’s also come to light, from various discussions on the OWWM discussion forum, that Delta used some serial numbers during the same period that don’t quite jive with what’s known by me. For instance, some five digit serial numbers on 1’ by 4’ plates don’t compute with my list or Delta’s. If ever this mystery is solved this write up will be amended.”

View Redoak49's profile

Redoak49

1936 posts in 1448 days


#3 posted 03-27-2016 11:09 AM

Good find….I recently got a Delta Homecraft bandsaw and drill press. These were made in the early 50s. They are very heavy cast iron machines. I did some work on the bandsaw with new tires and clean up and tuning. It runs great now.

The 10” bandsaw weighs about 60# and the motor weighs 25-30#. It is an amazing machine.

View McFly's profile

McFly

188 posts in 487 days


#4 posted 03-27-2016 11:57 AM

Anyone happen to know offhand if there are telltale signs of a scrollsaw’s vintage?

View sawdust703's profile

sawdust703

270 posts in 880 days


#5 posted 03-27-2016 03:54 PM

Congrats on the vintage score, McFly! As a scroll sawyer myself, & speaking from experience, I can’t say as I’ve ever met a “free” scroll saw, or any other tool, for that matter. I’ve got two vintage Craftsman scroll saws I finally gave up hunting parts for. The vintage Delta is a good, heavy machine. Finding parts for it is going to be an ongoing venture. Good luck, & keep us posted.

-- Sawdust703

View McFly's profile

McFly

188 posts in 487 days


#6 posted 03-27-2016 04:33 PM

Well crap.

Seemed like the saw was running ok, so I tried to run a small piece of alder through it to see how well it cut. Saw seized up damn near immediately after cutting only 3” into a piece of 3/8” alder.

Guess there really ain’t such a thing as a “free” saw!

View Redoak49's profile

Redoak49

1936 posts in 1448 days


#7 posted 03-27-2016 05:52 PM

On my Delta Homecraft Bandsaw I looked at the instruction manual to figure out what type of bearings. It had some bushings and a needle bearing. I made certain these were well lubricated before running it. In addition, the old Emerson motor had oil ports on both ends. I oiled these too and hand turned it and all shafts until they were well lubricated.

Maybe, you can find out where it seized and get it working or replace the bushing/bearing.

Good Luck

View McFly's profile

McFly

188 posts in 487 days


#8 posted 03-27-2016 06:04 PM

My Dad’s retired and kind of a machine guru, so I’ll be dropping it off at his place tomorrow afternoon to see if he can run through it and see what/where the problem lies.

View dhazelton's profile

dhazelton

2322 posts in 1756 days


#9 posted 03-27-2016 06:28 PM

The saw seized? Or did the motor seize? Or did did the blade just stop cutting? Did you check the oil supply in the crank case?

http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/1141/521.pdf

View McFly's profile

McFly

188 posts in 487 days


#10 posted 03-27-2016 06:41 PM

I pulled the belt to see if it was the saw or the motor and the arbor still spins freely. The saw, not so much. Opened opened the cover on the right side and found there was ZERO oil in the reservoir.

Learned a valuable lesson in tool maintenance on that one. Just hope it can be freed up again without replacing too many parts.

View teejk02's profile

teejk02

423 posts in 585 days


#11 posted 03-27-2016 07:58 PM



I pulled the belt to see if it was the saw or the motor and the arbor still spins freely. The saw, not so much. Opened opened the cover on the right side and found there was ZERO oil in the reservoir.

Learned a valuable lesson in tool maintenance on that one. Just hope it can be freed up again without replacing too many parts.

- McFly

It is an old piece of equipment and probably pre-dated the “sealed for life” motors/bearings (might even have leather for the seals). And you found it in a basement where it may have sat for too long. With luck a little TLC will bring it back to life.

View McFly's profile

McFly

188 posts in 487 days


#12 posted 03-27-2016 08:15 PM

The issue is within the saw itself, not the motor. Motor runs like a top.

On the saw, there is an oil reservoir below the table, this reservoir was completely empty. Seals are -surprisingly – intact and appear to be made of paper.

View JoeinGa's profile

JoeinGa

7472 posts in 1466 days


#13 posted 03-27-2016 08:16 PM

Well dang! I was thinking you were GIVING AWAY a scroll saw.

Oh well :-)

Hope it’s fixable and it works out for you !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View teejk02's profile

teejk02

423 posts in 585 days


#14 posted 03-27-2016 08:46 PM



The issue is within the saw itself, not the motor. Motor runs like a top.

On the saw, there is an oil reservoir below the table, this reservoir was completely empty. Seals are -surprisingly – intact and appear to be made of paper.

- McFly

Appear to be made of paper…I’m guessing leather but if it sat for years it may be looking like paper…in the old days a product called “3-in-one” oil (still sold I think) was a staple for sewing machines and other such things. Without looking at the particular saw, does it pivot on the rear end? In any event lube it up lightly where-ever you can and start exercising it without power (and then repeat). I have a hunch you’ll get it working just fine (might need a new belt but chump-change). That old Rockwell/Delta stuff was made to last.

View MrUnix's profile (online now)

MrUnix

4203 posts in 1658 days


#15 posted 03-27-2016 08:58 PM

It would help if we knew which model you have… there were a couple of different designs. As for the magic decoder ring for the serial number, there isn’t one for the Homecraft branded machines, so about the best you can do is get a date range based on catalog listings.

Cheers,
Brad

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

showing 1 through 15 of 21 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com