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Forum topic by Zasquatch posted 12-12-2014 03:17 PM 1829 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Zasquatch

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12-12-2014 03:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: new saw table saw cabinet saw saw custom precision

I am new to the site, but I’ve used it as a resource for quite a while. This is my first post, and I’m eager to get some opinions from more experienced people!

I am just getting into woodworking and have been using a DeWalt dw745 for the past year. I started browsing Craigslist for full size saws so I can tackle bigger projects, and stumbled on what I believe to be the deal of a lifetime… I have no idea what type of saw it is, and neither did the previous owner. All he knew was that the original owner was a tool and die maker, and heavily customized the saw.

In a nutshell, it has a 3hp motor with a wide poly-v belt, right tilt blade (12” capacity, a 10” diablo was installed when I picked it up), precision machined steel top, aluminum table mounted trunnions, and a delta unifence (I think?). It needs a good cleaning as seen in the interior pictures, but I couldn’t believe how robust all the internals were. I have never seen a cabinet saw before, so I’m not sure how this compares to the rest. As a mechanical engineer though, I was very pleased to see all the precision machine work.

I ended up getting the saw, miter gage, a few zero clearance throat plates, 10” diablo blade, 12” unknown blade, a couple junk blades that will go in the trash, a freud wobble dado (which I’ve heard isn’t very good), 2 feather boards, a wolfcraft router table which I plan on cannibalizing to build my own, and a 2hp Grizzly dust collector for $360…......... I am confident I got a ridiculous deal.

Without further ado, here’s some pictures! Let me know what you think, because I honestly have not much of a clue…


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Luke

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#1 posted 12-12-2014 07:40 PM

Right on! I’d say you got a deal. No clue about that Saw, resembles an older Powermatic but if it works, cuts straight and true, thats all you need!

Nice score.

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runswithscissors

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 08:22 PM

Excellent deal!! I hope you won’t wait too long before getting rid of the fence and rails, and putting on square tube rails and a T-square fence. There are several different brands and a range of prices. You’ll find them much more accurate and easier to live with. I also hope you can find a riving knife for it. The BORK comes to mind, or something from Leeway Workshops (Shark Guard).

The blue paint is suggestive of older Jet tools. You can’t find a logo anywhere on it?

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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Bill White

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#3 posted 12-12-2014 08:26 PM

YOU SUCK!!!!!!
Didja get the tongue-in-cheek comment?
Clean everything up and get to work. :)
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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MrRon

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#4 posted 12-12-2014 08:51 PM

It appears to be a left tilt Delta saw (Delta fence). You even got a mobile base. Sounds like you got a great deal.

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Zasquatch

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#5 posted 12-12-2014 09:04 PM

There is no logo or writing anywhere! As I go trough the cleanup I’ll post more pictures and details about what I find. For reference, the top is solid 1/2” steel machined flat. Here’s a pic of the table support structure… which is also 1/2” steel.

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 12-12-2014 10:45 PM

Yeah, I would say that you have earned yourself a….
Oh wait, I see some one already gave you the official LJ recognition!!!

However, you deserve another, for getting such a great deal…. YOU SUCK!!! ;^)

That and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- 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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mrg

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#7 posted 12-12-2014 11:06 PM

Nice steal. I am leaning towards the saw being a Jet from the 80’s by the paint color.

-- mrg

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Zasquatch

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#8 posted 12-12-2014 11:24 PM

Thanks guys! This should help: the plaque on the front left has the original owners name and the year 1985.

You think the internals are all original or were they custom? That whole assembly is made of 1” and 3/4” aluminum.

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Zasquatch

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#9 posted 12-13-2014 12:51 AM

Correction… The support structure is 3/4” steel.

No wonder this thing weighs over 500lbs


There is no logo or writing anywhere! As I go trough the cleanup I ll post more pictures and details about what I find. For reference, the top is solid 1/2” steel machined flat. Here s a pic of the table support structure… which is also 1/2” steel.

- Zasquatch

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runswithscissors

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#10 posted 12-13-2014 01:08 AM

Typically, the table and guts on cabinet saws are from cast iron, machined where critical components, such as the arbor, are installed . But the underside of the table doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen before, such as the butt joint at the table’s front and side reenforcement ridges or “bars.”. Also, I can’t see seams where the wings would join to the main table. Maybe I’m just missing them.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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Zasquatch

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#11 posted 12-13-2014 01:31 AM


Typically, the table and guts on cabinet saws are from cast iron, machined where critical components, such as the arbor, are installed . But the underside of the table doesn t look like anything I ve seen before, such as the butt joint at the table s front and side reenforcement ridges or “bars.”. Also, I can t see seams where the wings would join to the main table. Maybe I m just missing them.

- runswithscissors

I took some more pics showing the table construction. Looks like each wing is one big piece, mates to the center with a slight overlap. The center section has an extension in the front to match the length of the wings, and everything is welded together.

The table was then machined flat, and the support structure bolted on, then bolted to the cabinet.

You can see the overlap just outside the slots.. The outer wall of the slot is the start of the wing and the center runs under the wing for about 3/4” :

Top view showing the extension piece and the spot welds machined flush

Bottom view showing welds and lots of bolts

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TheFridge

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#12 posted 12-13-2014 01:39 AM

All that for 360$ is a steal.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#13 posted 12-13-2014 02:56 AM

$360…...............12 inch blade…............nice heavy saw…........God there is not enough you suck for this you suck. Great Score!!!

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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runswithscissors

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#14 posted 12-13-2014 08:50 AM

Wow. That is strangely interesting construction.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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Zasquatch

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#15 posted 12-17-2014 12:21 PM

Has Grizzly ever gone by the name “Grizzley”? The dust collector has that extra “e” in the name so I’m wondering if its some knock-off or if it’s legit? It really doesn’t matter to me either way, since I basically got it for free with the saw but I am curious.

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