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Posty

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09-01-2013 07:47 PM

So found this on Craigslist for a good price. Thinking about buying it, the guy says it has a 3 ho motor which is nice but I don’t know anything about it. Any help would be awesome.


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#1 posted 09-01-2013 09:58 PM

$250 seems high for an old saw with that fence. It does appear to have one cast iron wing going for it. If it’s a true 3hp motor, it’ll require 220v. If it runs off a standard 110v circuit, it’s under 2hp. Be sure sure it has a belt drive induction motor before making any offer.

This is a nicer saw IMHO, with a better fence….it’ll be gone quickly. http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/tls/4040021450.html

Here’s another older Rockwell that’s a well made saw…pretty much the same fence as the other though….asking $200. http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/tls/4033169686.html

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 10:26 PM

Thanks I emailed the craftsman saw.

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IrreverentJack

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#3 posted 09-01-2013 10:34 PM

It looks like it might be a motorized saw, which I wouldn’t recommend. Can you post the model number? -Jack

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#4 posted 09-01-2013 10:39 PM

Also, Rockwell and Rockler are not the same thing. Might have been a typo in your title post, but just wanted to make sure you were aware that there was/is a difference.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 09-01-2013 10:57 PM

If you are looking for a saw for ~250,it’s wiser to get one with solid (not webbed) cast iron wings,1 to 2 HP 110 volts.also it is unlikely you will get a decent fence for that price but if you do it’s a bonus.stamped sheet metal wings are too laud, too flimsy compare to solid CI.
I don’t think that saw has a 3 HP ,belt driven induction motor.if it is and you have 220v in your shop,I would buy it.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#6 posted 09-01-2013 11:05 PM

Sounds good. Thanks for the input. Yah I had an older ridged saw with the webed wings and I didn’t care for those. Ended up selling it when I moved but now I’m on the hunt for another saw. I will keep
My eyes out for the cast iron ones. What kind of motors will do the job? Have seen a lot with 1.5 hp and 15 amp motor… Are those sufficient enough for an armature wood worker?

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Rick M.

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#7 posted 09-02-2013 12:05 AM

110V saws are going to have 1.5 – 1.75 HP motor, sometimes they say 2HP but I’m skeptical they are producing a full 2HP; next step up is 220V and 3HP. Some vintage saws may have .5, .75, or 1 HP motors.

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#8 posted 09-02-2013 12:11 AM

Posty,I’m also a hobbyist,own a Rockwell/Beaver saw from the seventies,(R/B 34050),it has a 1 HP motor ,so far I have not cut hard or thick wood with it so I don’t know ,the motor will most likely labour ,if I had a choice I would take at least a 1.5HP or 2Hp even better,
for contractor saw in hobby woodworking shop one HP is the minimum ,any less than that ,you are asking for trouble.

-- Ken from Ontario

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toolie

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#9 posted 09-02-2013 01:17 PM

Yah I had an older ridged saw with the webed wings and I didn’t care for those.

then you wouldn’t like the linked c-man as it looks to be either the same saw (built for both sears and ridgid by emerson electric) or one of the successor c-man saws built by ryobi (which, IMHO, were less appealing due to their apparently redesigned splitter/blade guard assemblies).

i’m really surprised you had a webbed wing ridgid that you found unacceptable. the only two ridgid saws that came with webbed wings were the 2424 and the 3612, both excellent saws with dual voltage 1.5 hp motors. the original unisaws only had 1 hp motors (i know, they were repulsion induction motors that developed a good amount of torque), but they weren’t 3 or (good lord) 5 hp motors.

What kind of motors will do the job?

IMHO, a 1hp motor, with a sharp carbide tipped blade with a tooth count and hook angle appropriate to the material and cut being executed, should handle almost anything a hobbyist might encounter. it won’t allow for shoving thick hardwoods through it all day long, but most hobbyist’s (i.e., non-commercial) shops don’t require that kind of power. just modulate the feed rate. my two 10” emerson built CI contractor saws haven’t met anything they couldn’t handle yet. and i’ve had a 70s vintage 3 hp unisaw that i refurbed and it worked perfectly. it was nice to have a motor that powerful, but because i’m a hobbyist, i didn’t need it and subsequently sold it.

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Posty

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#10 posted 09-03-2013 01:38 AM

Found this in the area. Has an outboard motor and I can build out the wings myself. Anyone have one they are currently or used t use?

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Rick M.

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#11 posted 09-03-2013 02:06 AM

Did you mean to post a link or pic?

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#12 posted 09-03-2013 02:46 AM

Oh sorry guess it didn’t go through. Here.

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#13 posted 09-03-2013 09:18 AM

That’s a better buy than the first one you showed. It’s got two cast iron wings, and definitely has a belt drive induction motor.

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#14 posted 09-03-2013 02:04 PM

nice table ,hard to see the wings.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#15 posted 09-03-2013 09:02 PM

I don’t know all the Delta models by sight but it appears to be one of the 1.5hp contractor saws; they are all excellent saws but you’ll probably want to upgrade the fence. They do benefit from link belts and 220v if you can swing it. Beware the bench saws with universal motors, they look similar to the contractors.

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