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Forum topic by DougyNash posted 12-21-2016 08:34 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2016 08:34 PM

I came across a Craigslist posting when I was searching for a table saw that was titled “woodworking tools give away contest”. It was a retired wood shop teacher giving away his vintage woodworking tools to the person he decided deserved them most via an email as to why the person would want them, their intended use, their available space, and their ability to use the tools safely. I submitted an email and ended up winning the tools. The tools I recieved were a 10” Craftsman table saw (model 113.27521), a Dewalt RAS (model 500268), a Delta edge jointer (model JJ-6), and he decided to throw in a Delta scroll saw (see attached photos). The table saw works and I’ve used it many times but it does need a tune up which I intend on doing here soon. Mostly what I’m wondering about is the scroll saw, it needs a lot of work. I can’t seem to find much info on it. Any info about any of the machines will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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#1 posted 12-21-2016 08:37 PM

Looks like a Delta 1440 (variable speed) or 1200 (4 speed) scroll saw. Got a serial number? If so, you can date it here. Later called the 40-205 (4 speed) or 40-305 (variable speed). They made that saw for many years and it is a workhorse. You can find a manual for it over at the vintagemachinery site. Pretty much anything that says 24” scroll saw is applicable as they did not change much over the years.

Here is the 1939 catalog entry for it:


PS: That “Catalog Number 716” refers to the steel stand it is on… also known as 50-716

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#2 posted 03-04-2018 10:40 PM

I have an old circular saw that belonged to my Father. It is a “Hercules” Kings Tools 6 1/4” clutch saw. My problem is that I can’t find any information concerning Kings Tools so I have no idea how old it is. Also, finding 6 1/4” saw bald is impossible but there are a few rusty ones on EBay. I have found a few photos of a saw made by Portable Electric Tools of Chicago that look just like my saw. Also, they made a saw called the Zephyr which seems identical. My saw runs well and I have replaced the power cord. So based on the photos, what do you think I have; is it worth keeping or should it be scrapped, is it just an oddity for decoration, is it a collectible? Thanks for your thoughts on this, LumberJocks has always come through for me in the past. txsawyer

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