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Forum topic by betamax posted 01-19-2017 03:42 PM 964 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2017 03:42 PM

So for years I’ve been using my grandpas 1960 delta Rockwell 9” 34-600. Upgraded the fence finally to a biesemeyer that I got for $75. Saw is a 1 hp and with the fence upgrade made it much more enjoyable to use. Sentimentality aside, I found a later Rockwell 10” tilting arbor saw, with full cast iron wings. Looks to be an updated version of what I have now, same look almost exactly except 10” and a 27” deep table vs. 22” and it’s wider. I like the old delta cast iron saws, but was wondering if it’s worth the switch? The newer saw has a 3hp motor I think. I would move the biesemeyer fence over if I made the switch. 9” blades are expense and not common, but I did get some new ones a while back. Sometimes I put an 8 1/2 on it. Thoughts?


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#1 posted 01-19-2017 03:49 PM

If the price is right I would go for it. The biggest difference will be the 27” table and the tilting arbor. The cast iron wings and bigger motor will be a big upgrade too. You will need to run that motor on 220v. Is it a unisaw? Or did someone just put a 3hp on a Rockwell contractor saw? Either way this saw would be safer and easier to use than your current saw. If you show pictures and price I’m sure we could give you more advice.

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#2 posted 01-19-2017 04:01 PM

It’s not a unisaw, and I don’t think it’s 220 either, seller must have misread the tag. Wants $150 for it. It’s basically a contractor saw that looks almost exactly like my 9”, only 10” with a bigger table

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#3 posted 01-19-2017 04:03 PM

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#4 posted 01-19-2017 04:20 PM

If that is a picture of the saw you are thinking of buying there is no way it has a 3HP motor. If they posted the model number, you can probably find a manual online and look up the specs. As long as your old saw works well, this one is not worth any small difference.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 01-19-2017 04:34 PM

I have a Delta almost identical to that saw that was passed down from my father. Mine has a 110v 2hp motor but I’m not sure if it is original to the saw. It is a great saw and is as solid as a rock. I think $150 is a pretty good price considering that it has cast iron wings. Pros: Bigger table for ripping longer boards, probably a motor with more hp, cast iron wings (worth $100 for the pair), more blade options (also cheaper), tilting arbor (much safer). If it were me I’d go for it.

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#6 posted 01-19-2017 05:01 PM

That is the saw. I think really the only advantage would be 10” blades and 5” extra of infeed. My current 9” is also a tilting arbor,not the table

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#7 posted 01-25-2017 04:44 AM

Still thinking about it. Table size is pretty substantial. Mine is 22×25 vs 27×35 before extensions. Here’s a couple pictures of mine

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#8 posted 01-25-2017 10:35 AM

Sounds like a good deal for $150. That extra 5” depth will make a big difference…much of it is in front of the blade. A lot more mass too, probably more power, and you’ll be able to buy good blades for $30 from most home centers. Put your Bies on it, and you’ll have a great saw. It’s an upgrade in every way, except for not belonging to your grandpa. Use the old hand wheels or leg stand if they’ll fit, so you’ll get some sense of sentiment!

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

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#9 posted 01-26-2017 08:13 PM

Not a bad idea of switching the hand wheels, that would be a small way to hanging onto the past a little. My biggest gripe with my current saw is the infeed depth, and the HP of the original motor, which is 1 HP. Granted, sharper blades cut better, but 1 HP is still 1 HP. Heh…I even have the original manual and registration card for my saw. Putting the Bies on the saw was a little bit of a challenge, but since it’s a clamp only in front, I never replaced the original back fence rail.

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#10 posted 02-06-2017 03:03 PM

Motor is a leeson 1 1/2 hp motor. Sanded stains and rust out of the top and waxed it. Loads heavier than my 34-600. I think I can transfer the tilt scale over to keep some character. I duplicate outfeed extension my grandpa put on my old saw but upped the dimensions. Haven’t transferred the biesemeyer over yet but looks to be a direct bolt on unlike it was on the 34-600. I plan on keeping the old saw regardless. It’s funny, I’ll feel somewhat strange not using it. Maybe it’s because it wasn’t my grandpas saw. The large table is nice on the new saw, and the power, it’s quiet but not as quiet and vibrates a little more. Must be the power difference.

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#11 posted 02-06-2017 10:32 PM

You can try switching to a linked belt to solve the vibration problem. You can also upgrade the cast pulleys to machined pulleys. I’ve had my 10” Rockwell 34-410 contractor’s saw since the late 1970s. It’s still going strong.

http://in-lineindustries.com/products/accu-link-belt/

I noticed your old saw has the retractable casters which were an option. How do you like them? My saw has them. The wheels were getting worn so I bought new steel-wheeled casters, removed the wheels from the yokes and installed them in the old yolks. Rolls much better with the steel wheels.

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#12 posted 02-07-2017 11:03 PM

Ah yes, the old saw has the wheel caster set, which I’ve found to not be all that great of a system. To be fair, it’s missing one wheel and I’m sure it could use a new set anyway. Too bad it won’t transfer over to the new saw.

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#13 posted 02-13-2017 03:15 PM

Finally transferred over the fence and got it aligned. I did move over the tilt scale from my old saw for a familiar feel. The hand wheels do fit but are too bulky to allow for the tightening screw to fit top. I did duplicate the outfeed and side wing table like grandpa did on his saw.

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#14 posted 02-13-2017 07:04 PM

Nice looking setup. I’m Gramps would support this upgrade!

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

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