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02-16-2012 09:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw saw table advice rockwell

I currently own a pretty pathetic Ryobi table saw. And I’m always trolling sites like CL and eBay looking for good deals. And I came across this Rockwell table saw, and was wondering if any of you have any thoughts. Good deal? Bad deal? Average deal? What about the quality of the saw itself? Any info you might have would be appreciated. Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 12:29 PM

Sorry, I can’t really help. Don’t know much about TSs. I’m a neophyte.
I figured I could at least bump your thread though!

Good luck with your search. The right saw IS out there, it just takes time.
But, while I’m here. I lucked out & got this saw for $125.00 off pf CL.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 12:44 PM

For 50 bucks and the gas to go get it, it might be a good deal. Hard to go wrong with classic steel, and iron.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 12:48 PM

Nab it

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 12:54 PM

The price is right, hard to go wrong with that one. Go for it!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 12:55 PM

The first table saw I owned was a Rockwell very similar to that. I still own it today. It was made in the 1970’s (Rockwell became Delta) and the saws are very similar to the new Deltas. In fact I have my old Rockwell mounted right next to my new Delta and still use them both.

It might need some tuning up, a link belt and good blade are the first thing I’d do. Then consider buying a set of those micro-adjust dealies for the trunions to align the blade.

You may eventually want to get a higher end fence, but that can wait.

Bottom line is- BUY IT BEFORE IT’S GONE!

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 01:53 PM

For $50? Absolutely! Just the fact that it is a cabinet-type saw indicates that it has a at least a decent degree of quality. They don’t really make bargain-basement cabinet saws.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 01:55 PM

Looks like a super deal.
Needs an insert plate but you can make that.
Is the motor sitting on top part of the saw?
3 phase?
No matter, I’d probably go for that even without a motor as long as the trunnion is not locked up.

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 05:51 PM

I spoke with the guy on the phone yesterday. He told me the motor works, wired for 220v (which is bad for me because i only have 110 in the garage). The wheel to raise/lower the blade is missing, but that’s not a big deal. Insert might be around… might not. Again, not a big deal. I’m going to go take a look at it Saturday morning. If it’s as he described it, I’ll probably be bringing it home with me. I’ll let you know and post pictures if I do. Thanks for the help. :)

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#9 posted 02-17-2012 06:04 PM

Betcha that the saw was made right here in Tupelo, MS.
You’ll have some work to do, but the result will be well worth the effort.


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#10 posted 02-17-2012 06:43 PM

Buy it. The motor can probably be rewired to run on 110volts.
Some people will claim that all motors can rewired, but some
include diagrams and contacts for doing it while other motors
require more in depth understanding to rewire.

Motors on that type of saw tend to be in the 15-22 amp range
can just squeeze by on a 110 volt circuit.

It is one of these:

If need be run an ad offering to trade the motor to somebody
else for a 110 volt 15 amp motor.

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#11 posted 02-17-2012 06:50 PM

So… Not being an electrician (but yet still handy with a soldering iron), what would happen if I cut off the 220 plug, replaced it with a 110 style plug, and tried to run it, without any other modifications, on a 110 outlet?

Would I destroy the motor? Would it run at all? Would I burn my house down? Cause an irreparable rift in the time-space continuum, thereby assuring the destruction of the universe?

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#12 posted 02-17-2012 09:11 PM

If the motor is convertible between the two voltages, you’ve got to rewire it from 220v to 110v along with changing the plug….it’s a 5 minute task. There’s usually a schematic inside the wire junction box. That saw/saw-like stuff is well worth $50 IMO.

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

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#13 posted 02-17-2012 10:34 PM

Sorry but LOL do what I do for 220 in the garage but don’t tell the wife :) Un-plug the water heater then plug the saw in :) But that would only work if your water heater is in the garage. What Actually blew my mind is that my water heater is on a 60amp circuit so now I’m thinking of getting an electrician out to verify and see what it would take to share that circuit so I don’t have to plug and unplug stuff. I mean lets get for real my water heater only uses 20amps and my saw only needs 14-15 so plenty of juice to go around.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#14 posted 02-17-2012 10:41 PM

NOOOOOO! Do NOT try to change the plug just for kicks and giggles.
Look inside the saw motor for directions about rewire. If ya need any help, call someone.
Breakers can be changed. A house fire or a motor burn can’t be reversed.


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#15 posted 02-17-2012 10:54 PM

What Charlie said… ”...Just the fact that it is a cabinet-type saw indicates that it has a at least a decent degree of quality. They don’t really make bargain-basement cabinet saws….”

I could NOT have put/said it better. 8-) My personal leap to a cabinet saw was a leap of faith that scared the crap out of me, and I DO NOT regret going for it! Join the big boys, it sure is worth it!

AFIK, all that looks like surface rust (nothing serious). The ONLY thing to ask yourself is—Is it retro-fittable for a riving knife or equivalent. Old stuff is great, BUT, and it is a BIG but, can you make it as safe as newer TSs (NOT including the SAWstop-and-pay-the-toll). This is NOT a short term purchase, so consider all aspects…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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