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Forum topic by Wondermutt posted 04-18-2016 03:48 AM 1869 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Wondermutt

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04-18-2016 03:48 AM

So, being a big darn hurry that I was in, I bought a table saw, had it delivered and that when I got the gut check. I had debated on which Grizz saw to get and decided on on the 1023RL That’s when the trainwreck began. Long story short, it got delivered, wrong product and sent back. A little freight damage. Grizz was 100% a stand up company and I will be buying from them again.

Now here is my quandary. No table saw, and I am falling behind in production… not so good. So I find one from a local company that had one. Call it a retired saw, but is still serviceable. So I make a deal, and off to the shop me and the new to me (old) saw head. I owe the shop owner a great deal of gratitude for the good deal on the saw, and also getting me up and running the same morning.

You also saw in a previous post of how I was crying like a mall rat shopping at Kmart about dust collection, and what do I wind up with… A 30 year old saw with no dust collection. Funny the cards we are dealt.

Here’s what I got. As best as I can tell, its a 30 year old or more Rockwell 10” saw. It has been converted to a 240v 3hp Lesson motor, cast iron wheels for the blade adjustment, Besimer 52” fence with a clutter catcher table, a magnetic on/off switch and a lot of throat plate inserts.

So I wire up the old iron, clean and lube up the moving parts, fire it up and holy smokes, this thing kicks major azz. I have never operated a saw that cuts so well. I also got another major unexpected present, a quite saw. Really, all you hear is the blade and a little motor noise. So I don the respirator, open the shop door, fire up an oscillating fan and Catch up on lost time and then some. I was having fun operating the tool I least like to operate in my shop. Go figure.

Now that I have caught up this weekend on my orders, I decide to take it apart and give it a scrub and a new coat of paint. That is where you guys come in. Help decide the color of the fence and rails and the color of the cabinet. I was thiniking a blue fence assy and a red cabinet. butt… I will be powder coating the fence hardware and sealing up the cabinet and giving it a quick coat of some automotive base/clear, nothing fancy but something better than a rattle can.

Here are some pics of it after a partial disassembly.

More to come


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 04-18-2016 03:54 AM

Early to mid 80’s Unisaw. Get the serial number and you can date it. Given your color options, I’m guessing you don’t want to paint it to it’s original colors :) I’d take that over a new plastic and sheet metal import any day (and did!).

Cheers,
Brad

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

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alittleoff

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#2 posted 04-18-2016 04:38 AM

Congratulations on your new old saw. I think you’ll love it. About the same year as mine. I wanted to paint mine black with silver base, but picked up the wrong color so it wound up bronze.
Gerald

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splatman

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#3 posted 04-18-2016 05:20 AM

Paint it Candy Apple Purple!
Just kidding. Auto paint does give you the most options, as car owners happen to be pretty choosy, just like with homeowners and house paint.
From early to mid 80’s: So paint it black with blue maze patterns and a large yellow dot that eats little white dots. Ok, kidding again.
If you have not by now, decide what color to make it your own.

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#4 posted 04-18-2016 10:57 AM

Congrats on a great saw. I kinda like Ravenwood’s black and silver 1948 uni:

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Wondermutt

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#5 posted 04-18-2016 01:40 PM

Mr Unix: No way on haze grey. Got enough of that color while in the Navy. The ser # is: JH3591. The model #is: 34-466

Splat: You actually have me thinking. I am looking to expand some of my products to have a Kandy finish. Might be a good test bed.

Knot: that is a cool looking saw. I am a big fan of older cars and farm equipment, but never thought I would embrace older power tools from my younger experience with them.

More to come guys

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#6 posted 04-18-2016 09:00 PM

Candy apple metal flake cherry red … with gold trim from the Incra LS-III precision fence and an M1000 miter gauge.

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

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#7 posted 04-18-2016 10:47 PM


Candy apple metal flake cherry red … with gold trim from the Incra LS-III precision fence and an M1000 miter gauge.

M

- MadMark

I’m convinced you sleep with all your incra stuff every night.

Paul

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Wondermutt

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#8 posted 04-19-2016 12:18 AM

OK, got the color scheme worked out. Could not see spending the money or prep to do a Kandy. So I choose a PPG metallic red Ford color for the cabinet.

At the powder coater, I choose a hammered silver finish for the rails and accents.

It’s almost ready for sealer and primer. Just need to patch some holes.

Disassemble the trunions and clean… Check

Sand,sand and sand again… Check

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hotbyte

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#9 posted 04-19-2016 12:26 AM

Flames??? :-)

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Wondermutt

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#10 posted 04-20-2016 01:22 AM

Got the cabinet painted. It turned out a little darker than I wanted but it’s getting there.

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MrUnix

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#11 posted 04-20-2016 01:49 AM

Looks nice.. but you didn’t take out the guts? Are you going to leave the insides the original paint?

Cheers,
Brad

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

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Neilswoodcraft

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#12 posted 04-20-2016 02:36 AM

Looks great, can’t wait to see it all together again.

Those saws are a beast.

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Kelly

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#13 posted 04-20-2016 02:41 AM

This was my first real saw and it, like one an associate had, which is thirty years older than the one I had, will still be around in fifty years. After all, you can rebuild it far cheaper than buy a new ($4,000.00) one and, right tilt aside, it’s still one hell of a saw.

Dust collection is no real issue. My left tilt, which I currently have, merely has a dust port at the bottom, in back. I don’t remember the guts of these (it’s been nearly forty years), but you could add metal to the interior to guide the dust to the port.

In some ways, no port is good. If you cut one [and add the nice cover], you can make it a six inch port, rather than a four inch one, if you want.

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Wondermutt

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#14 posted 04-20-2016 03:46 AM

Hi Brad, I had it completely apart and cleaned up all of the gears and checked the bearings. It looked good, so I put it back together. Looking back on it, i could have painted the parts, but honestly, its in really good shape so I left the innards the factory. I really lucked out on this saw, with respect to the drivetrain. The pic of the guts above is before I took it apart and cleaned the innards up. The paint job might have been a little better with the stuff removed, but I did a pretty bang up job on the tape job.

Thanks Fletch

Yeah Kelly, I was kinda skeptical about the right tilt, but since over 90% of my processing involves sleds and jigs, it was really no big deal. I plan on trying a few types of dust guides to see what works best, and I do plan on adding a 6” port somewhere along the back.

All in all its been fun. And the best part is that even with all of the work being done, once its back together and operational, I will be in it less than a better quality hybrid.

More to come. Sorry this has become a build thread of sorts, but I am really excited about this saw.

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Kelly

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#15 posted 04-20-2016 03:52 AM

Re “but I am really excited about this saw,” you do realize that’s a good thing, right?

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