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Anthony DelleCave

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905 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: table saw restored rockwell question

Hello all. I just found on my local craigslist a listing for a restored 1970’s era Rockwell Delta contractor saw. The model number is 34-410. Here are some of the details:
Fully Restored 70’s Era Rockwell.Model 10 Contractor’s Table Saw 34-410
Currently wired for 110v
(but can be for 220v)
New Mobile Base
New Cords & 20 Amp Switch
New Dust Collection
New original insert & New Zero Clearance (not shown)
Original miter fence (not shown)
This saw is 100% dialed in and ready for work.

I can probably get it for $250. The pictures in the listing show it looking virtually brand new. Any thoughts and experiences with the saw? Am I asking for trouble or is this a find I shouldn’t pass up? For what it’s worth, I am probably somewhere between beginner and intermediate in terms of skills.

Thanks for any and all thoughts.


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#1 posted 905 days ago

Sounds like a real gem. Go check it out. Make sure the trunions are not cracked. Wiggle the arbor.

Cross cut a 4-6 inch wide board, flip the cut ends and see it it is square. Also rip a board on it.

Could be a real gem!

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#2 posted 905 days ago

I saw the pics…I’d be all over that!

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#3 posted 905 days ago

I have a 70’s era Model 10 that I purchased new. I use it frequently. If you can get the saw you are interested in for $250 that is a great deal. That saw model is the one that all other manufacturers have copied (JET,GRIZZLY,POWERMATIC and others). In my opinion that saw is pretty much bullet proof and parts are still available.

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cabmaker

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#4 posted 905 days ago

I had an early seventies rockwell cont saw that we used as a job saw. 1.5 hp, 110vac or 220vac. Had expanded steel (may have been cast ?) wings and the stock fence which was slow in use. Couldnt tell you the model number but that would be like latin to me anyway. Anyhow it was one of the better cont type saws I have had. Probabley worth that but he may be pushing the envelope. I will say that I believe that that saw at that price is a much better deal than any saw out there for less than 700-800 bucks new. Good luck !

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#5 posted 905 days ago

I’ve only seen one Rockwell saw ,My father bought is at a garage sale ,he paid $20 for it that was
$20 to much. It looked like it was one of those $99 saws new. From what you say about this one it must be a much nicer saw.

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#6 posted 905 days ago

Jim, I saw pics of the saw. It is SWEET! I can’t believe the great shape it is in.

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#7 posted 905 days ago

I just saw it also on NJ craiglist, its a no brainer. Not the exact rockwell I had but I have had 5-6 delta cont. (same saw) like that one. You wont be disappointed.

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cabmaker

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#9 posted 905 days ago

This is why I have a very hard time understanding the rave about the new craftsmans, ridgids, portercables, dewalt saws and any other table mounted trunnion saw that folks spend hundreds of dollars on. There not even in the same leauge as this one. Certainly dont intend to offend anyone but when you can find one like this for three hundred or most times much less ? Just saying ! Go get it.

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Anthony DelleCave

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#11 posted 905 days ago

Thanks everyone! Seems unanimous.

William – that is in fact the saw. Sorry I didn’t post the pictures in the first place. I posted from my phone and couldn’t see how to add pictures.

I am sending the guy an email as we speak.

You guys are awesome! Thanks again.

Anthony

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#12 posted 905 days ago

Anthony if you get it, we expect a full report with tons of up close pics!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you do get it! :-)

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#13 posted 905 days ago

It obviously is a great deal! I can not disagree with anyone’s post. Only thing is- would you rather have a unisaw? Do you think you might find yourself ripping 12/4 wood a lot?

It is a good deal, jump fast, if that is the saw you want. It is very similar to my delta contractors saw. But- one day soon, I will be looking for a unisaw.

Of course, if you find later you want something different, you can certainly get your money back on this.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#14 posted 905 days ago

No kidding, gonna be expecting to hear about it tomorrow !

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#15 posted 905 days ago

Go for it you won’t be sorry it’ll last a lifetime and always be worth at least what you paid for it. Don’t be folled by the copycats they are usually not even close in quality and durability.

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