1950s Oliver 12" table saw-High School-light use

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Forum topic by Royalwoodworker posted 04-21-2010 10:24 PM 7893 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2010 10:24 PM

Oliver No. 232-D Tilting Arbor 12” saw, 3 ph/230v

My high school just received a saw stop table saw and I would like to find an acceptable home for our old 1950s Oliver 12” table saw. From what I understand, the school typically ask for a “donation” and must be approved by the board of education. I do know some members on her fully refurbish these saws back to their original glory or just flat out love to work with the older cast iron behemoths. Anyway, if you can forward this to anyone you know, or post this link to another site, that would be great. Purchaser is responsible for picking up and loading equipment…..the original owners manual says it’s about 1200-1400 lbs crated. Location is in Burbank, IL 60459. We are just outside of Chicago. PM me for additional information and my email address.

-Original table saw in school from 1950
-Still works pretty darn well for age– fence slightly out of alignment/some slight slop. All can be adjusted with the right set of hands/knowledge.
-Original miter gauge/fence/motor
-No industrial or production use
-only used about 8 months a year
-1200-1400 lbs crated
-no rust
-NO VIBRATION whatsoever-multiple penny and dime test approved
-aftermarket blade guard installed

Minor issues:
Fence slightly out of alignment, front crank handles wood (replacement) is loose.

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#1 posted 04-21-2010 10:45 PM

Can you deliver…lol

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 01:59 AM

Biggest problem here is the three phase. And of course I live in Oregon.LOL

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 04-30-2010 11:25 PM

is this saw still available for sell . I would be happt to make a donation and can hanfle the pickup. Please let me know at your ealiest convenience. Ike1

-- bob

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#4 posted 05-02-2010 01:47 AM

I’ve got an old fay-Egan saw and I love it. I hope someone finds a use for this old saw.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 02:14 AM

I think a Uni Saw would even lose to this saw.

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

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 09:34 AM

Man, I would pick that thing up on my moped and haul it home!!!!!!! They just don’t make ‘em like they used to!

-- Q

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 06:10 PM

My dad had an old Rockwell with a 4 foot square cast iron bed. Took six men to carry the table alone! That thing cut through a 4×4 fence post like it was a chopstick and was so smooth and accurate compared to my MasterCraft (Canadian Tire co. house brand, comparable to Craftsman) to make mine look like a toy. Sadly, dad sold it to a friend when he retired (no room in the mobile home for it) and I had no place in the apartment for it either. I would LOVE to have that humunguous monster now… I could never figure out why dad bought automotive paste wax when he never waxed the car untill I saw him lovingly buffing that saw one day. Thing just gleamed. Dad believed in taking care of his tools. I guess his generation was so used to having to do without that when you got something nice, you made it last. Good lesson there for us of the “use it once then toss it” attitude of today.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 11-07-2010 07:34 AM

Hi Royal;
Any luck finding a home for the OLIVER?

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#9 posted 12-29-2011 06:09 PM

I know this is an old post, but what was the final outcome? I would be willing to make the necessary donation to your school. I have always wanted one of these machines. Thanks!

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#10 posted 12-29-2011 06:25 PM

This is a dream saw of mine. I hope it finds a good home.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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jim C

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 05:35 PM

And I live just north of Chicago! But 220 3phase is a problem.

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jim C

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#12 posted 12-31-2011 06:27 PM

I’m looking to find one of these. I’ll pay triple!
1931 and it includes the motor!

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#13 posted 01-06-2012 05:35 AM

220 3 phase is easy. Buy a VFD and wire it up. I am using one to run my Oliver 232 with no problems what so ever. A good VFD will cost you less than $200

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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