New to me Rockwell 34-440, needs help

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Forum topic by russde posted 08-17-2010 04:20 PM 1413 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2010 04:20 PM

Hi all!
Have been keeping an eye on my local Craigslist for a month or so looking for an inexpensive but not ‘cheap’ table saw so that I can advance my minuscule WW skills.
Yesterday a Rockwell 34-440 popped up for $100. Jumped on it, had to disassemble it to get it in the back of my jeep so I can’t post pictures yet. Motor fires up and seems to run smooth, will be getting a link belt and new pulleys, and checking the bearings.
Fence is (I think) a Jetlock fence, rails are 5’ long, it needs some clean up but appears to be in good working order, the stamped steel extensions have a little surface rust and I will most likely sandblast and paint them. The table top is also surface rusty, will try scotchbrite pads first, then get more aggressive if needed.
Biggest question at this point is safety. I still have all my limbs and digits and I’d like to be able to say that after I get the TS running. There is no blade guard, belt guard, splitter, etc on this saw. I throw out most of those terms after having read about them in the last couple of days but really don’t know what is needed vs required vs nice to have vs $100 on a TS and $600 on a ‘nice-to-have’ thingamabob.
I’ll post pics later and you feel free to post advice and sources.
Thanks very much in advance,

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