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eric4716

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07-08-2017 05:22 PM

I have been trying to get my shop setup. I originally had a 520 Shopsmith. I knew that I would never use it as a lathe, horizontal borer, etc so I sold it. Several months ago I purchase a Ryobi BT3000. It was hardly ever used and in excellent condition.

After purchasing an old Walker Turner jointer that I have been working on getting cleaned up and setup. I became fond of older heavy equipment. Someone has had a Walker Turner table saw advertised locally. They say that is a direct drive with a brand new motor. I haven’t seen any photos or went to look at it yet. Still trying to figure out what model it may be. Would it be a good move to get rid of the Ryobi and purchase the Walker Turner, or should I stick with the Ryobi?


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Loren

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#1 posted 07-08-2017 06:06 PM

Well, W-T made a variety of table saws,
some of them tilt-top, so you’d want to
know what model saw for sure.

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Planeman40

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#2 posted 07-09-2017 08:12 PM

Walker Turner made some really great pieces of woodworking machinery! I would certainly go look at that table saw. If it is “direct drive” as noted, I would pretty much say it has to be one of their later floor models and not one of the earlier tilt-table types. I have had a heavy all cast iron Walker Turner 14” bandsaw for 57 years now and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Very heavily built!!! Go to this website to locate its type and years of manufacture:

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=808&tab=4

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 07-09-2017 10:01 PM

I own a walker turner and simply love it :<))

EXCEPT FOR THE FUNKY HOLE :<((

I do not remember if they made a direct drive unit

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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eric4716

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#4 posted 07-10-2017 12:09 AM

I was able to finally go and look at the Walker Turner table saw this evening. Everything worked as it was supposed to. I couldn’t find any serial number on any tags that I could see. So I will need to do a little research to narrow down the model number. It was a direct drive, with the original rebuilt motor on it. It had all new wiring. The fence didn’t slide too easy, but it did lock down pretty tight. I think after cleaning it up some, it would slide a lot better. The miter guage was labeled Dewalt.

So what do you think I should do? Dump the Ryobi BT3000 and go for the Walker Turner, or stick with the Ryobi?




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GR8HUNTER

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#5 posted 07-10-2017 12:13 AM

well if you have the electric to run it I would get the WT …IT is far better then Ryobi IMO :<))
OH AND RULE#5

http://www.owwm.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=158513

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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eric4716

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#6 posted 07-10-2017 12:20 AM

I know rule #5. They have had it listed for a few months at $175 without much interest. I think that’s a fair price with the rebuilt motor. She said they would hold it for a week for me. It is wired for 110 so that shouldn’t be a problem.

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#7 posted 07-10-2017 12:33 AM

WT for sure :<)) IMHO
THATS EVEN A NICE INSERT :<))
TRY FOR $150.00

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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rodneywt1180b

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#8 posted 07-10-2017 02:07 AM

It’s 1939 model. They only made it for a year. I’d grab it and never look back. You’re not likely to see another any time soon, especially not for that price-and it looks to have a more or less standard style throat plate, at least not the funky one they used starting in 1940 like mine and GR8HUNTER’s have.
The base is cast iron. You’re not going to be able to move it around easily but on the other hand it won’t move when you don’t want it to either.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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#9 posted 07-10-2017 02:24 AM

Looks like a nice saw. If you do decide to buy it, I would suggest you change out the light switch for a proper magnetic switch- much safer!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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Planeman40

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#10 posted 07-10-2017 01:27 PM

Grab that sucker NOW Eric!!! You will be kicking yourself 1,000 times if you don’t.

Planeman

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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GR8HUNTER

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#11 posted 07-10-2017 01:39 PM

and if you don’t tell ME where it is LMAO :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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eric4716

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#12 posted 07-10-2017 03:41 PM

Thanks for the advice. After looking at it and weighing the advice, I don’t think I can pass it up. Hopefully this weekend I will have it in the basement. It will look good with the Walker Turner jointer.

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eric4716

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#13 posted 07-10-2017 03:42 PM


Looks like a nice saw. If you do decide to buy it, I would suggest you change out the light switch for a proper magnetic switch- much safer!

- TungOil

What are the safety concerns with a normal switch versus the magnetic one?

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#14 posted 07-10-2017 03:55 PM

any of the EE’s on the site can explain it better than me, but basically a light switch is not rated for the high inrush current from an induction motor- it will eventually burn out. That is especially dangerous if it fails closed (on).

Magnetic switches are much more safe for power tools- it there is a temporary power failure the saw will not restart when power is restored without pushing the button again. Having had my jointer restart suddenly on me a few years ago after a power outage that lasted just a few moments, this has become more important to me….

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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rodneywt1180b

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#15 posted 07-10-2017 04:25 PM


......I do not remember if they made a direct drive unit

- GR8HUNTER

They did make direct drive table saws. The motors had a set of gears in the nose to offset the arbor closer to the bottom of the table. They also used that design on their radial arm saws.

There are some motor rated switches out there that look just like light switches but I agree, a magnetic starter would be a good upgrade.

I love Walker Turner machines. They did do things differently than other manufacturers of the time so they can be a little quirky. The throat plate design on the 1940 and newer models is a good example.
Probably the biggest issue with them is many of them used bearings that are now obsolete, There are work arounds though.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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