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Forum topic by Joseph Jossem posted 10-22-2012 03:40 AM 2359 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2012 03:40 AM

Thinking about buying a oliver 4040 12” table saw anyone here own one or seen one.Its used in good condition and cheap.


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#1 posted 10-22-2012 04:42 AM

what kind of work do you want to do with it?

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 05:04 AM

Nice saw.
I’d give anything for a 12” TS. I think they should all be 12”.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 12:44 PM

When I was in college (late 70’s), we had several pieces of Oliver equipment. It spoiled me for many years. I had become so accustom to their superior quality, it was had to use “normal” equipment when I started teaching. I don’t know about this particular model, but I don’t think Oliver ever made anything that wasn’t top shelf. BTW, my 1st shop was completely equipped with Powermatic.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 12:53 PM

The new Oliver stuff is Asia-made and is Oliver in
name only. However, it is said to be solid equipment
and up to industrial use. Not up to the standards
of old Oliver though, which is comparable to Northfield
in terms of quality and precision.

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 02:49 PM

@Loren: I should have known. That old stuff was amazing.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 03:39 PM

I have 2 powermatic 66 but want the 4040 for ripping lumber mainly.I have a newer oliver jointer and the quaility isnt what it used to be casting motors etc. but still far ahead of other brands.

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 05:32 PM

It’s probably a good saw for that. Overkill for hobby use I reckon,
but if you process a lot of wood the extra horsepower will
come in handy doing a lot of ripping.

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#8 posted 10-22-2012 05:42 PM

it has a router lift in the table and a long fence and a extra motor for 3 phase use.at 1400 I think I can get it down a little see what happens but still cheap and looks to be in good condition

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#9 posted 10-22-2012 05:51 PM

Do I need to bring a trailer? What is the holdup here. I also used an Oliver 12” in college in the 60’s. The only compaint I ever had about that old green machine was it whistled. It was unbearable but in those days we didn’t know we should have hearing protection. We jsut toughed it out. That was also in the steel blade days. We didn’t use carbide so the set caused the moise. Never used one of these with the carbide.

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#10 posted 10-24-2012 01:30 AM

had to pick up the saw and a mortiser that is still new.finally I can try a 12” table saw.probably going to change the fence but everything looks good.

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#11 posted 10-24-2012 01:39 AM

You did good (even though its not early oliver). No going back !

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#12 posted 10-24-2012 01:51 AM

yeah I was hesitant because it is the newer version but I think it is bigger then my powermatics same motors I think.

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