|Forum topic by Jofa||posted 08-31-2013 04:05 AM||1565 views||0 times favorited||22 replies|
08-31-2013 04:05 AM
I’ve been working with a Delta table saw for a while now and as my knowledge and skills have improved, I realized some of it’s shortcomings. Most evident is the fence which, no matter what I try, still isn’t as accurate as I’d like it on longer rips. Plus, man it’s noisy!
So I went on Craigslist and did a little searching. Nothing. Then on Wednesday I saw a posting for a Craftsman that looked like it might fit the bill.
It’s old. Not sure how old but I think the patent is from the 1930’s if that means anything. The gentleman who sold it to me was nice enough to hang on until today when I got paid.
So here it is. Cast iron table and body. Belt drive. Non-original motor but the seller still uses it. He made a disc sander out of it. His reason for switching it out was that on longer rips for hard wood, the thermal switch would make the old motor shut down. The new one is 1 hp.
He also included the following:
Miter sled for making frames
To top it off, he was nice enough to throw it in the back of his pickup and bring it to my house. I also told him about LJ’s and he’ll likely join.
I have to tell you folks, I’ve been looking for a “better” saw than the one I’ve been using and money has been pretty tight for us so any funds I’ve been earning from my pedalboard business (side business) has been going towards living expenses so I was holding off. Typically this is my “play” money. Out of the blue, I was blessed with this entire setup for just an unreal price. I’m a believer and I see this as a God thing.
So before heading to my 2nd job tonight at Home Depot, I spent about an hour with it making all kinds of cuts. It’s an absolute dream. Dead on accurate, so incredibly quiet and effortless. It’s nice having a hunk of iron for some great stability. I was even able to make a runner for the table so that I can build a log cutting jig that I’ve been thinking about. My other saw has a t-channel so the runners were a little challenging.
Am I thrilled? Absolutely. Can’t wait for the morning to start my next project.
On with the pics (cruddy because it was my iPhone) Also, if anyone has info on the actual model, please speak up. Thanks guys!
-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.