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05-11-2009 12:31 AM

I just got through rebuilding my “new” scroll saw. I had one of the Dremel small scroll saws that was not as heavy duty as I wanted. I found a old Delta 440 scroll saw I reworked. It had quite a few parts missing and some parts that were made for it by the PO was far from useable. I had to grind down one of the blade bolt holders and I had to completely make the sleeves that hold the upper assembly. I cleaned it all down as well. I had to fabricate new knobs from old electronic equipment. I got a new belt as well. I polished the aluminum cover to a mirror like shine. It wasn’t a bad rebuild at all, I got it one Saturday and had it completely rebuilt in about 8 days. I just worked on it in my free time. I haven’t got an idea yet on how to post here so I will post links to them. You can see before and after pictures at

I have quite a few other old tools as well. I really like the feel of old iron and enjoy rebuilding them. have a older powermatic planer,tablesaw,craftsman bandsaw,delta shaper and more. You can see them at

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#1 posted 05-11-2009 12:44 AM

you do great work.. i think the love of old tools is something most woodworkers share.. great collection

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 03:59 AM

Old is the new,new HUH

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#3 posted 05-11-2009 04:41 AM

That young thing? Shoot that was made after they changed from the original logo, its just a kid!

Delta 700 1935

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#4 posted 05-15-2009 12:49 AM

Thats a nice one. I had a old guy that has some similar to that. I found him when I was looking for the one I got above. He had three he wanted rid of for 125 bucks. they were all older like yours. Some even had wood as a spring I think. What does yours use to allow for the spring movement on the top? Is it a spring unit like mine?

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#5 posted 05-15-2009 01:52 AM

Yeah it has a spring in the top which has a leather washer on the top to keep the spring centered in the tube.

Its a Delta 700. An interesting unit, it was Deltas first foray into industrial level tools, prior to that it was all small home shop items. I have the stand that was offered for this as well I need to clean up

I have a jointer with the same original logo as this I may or may not hang onto (I have a 2nd jointer with the delta/rockwell badge and the correct stand/motor for that one) I like the old badge for some reason, just the fact that its the first, before any mergers/buy outs

Many people like the 40-440/1200 like yours, which is a great unit don’t get me wrong, but I have a love for this unusual saw. The spanner tubes have holes in them to run the light cord and puffer tube though the bottom tube, up the back column and back across the top tube with the exit hole just before the nozzle.

Like yours this one blows away the plastic rocker arm junk they offer to unsuspecting people today. Chewing through 3/4” hard maple with out flinching. Mine runs at a straight 1/1 ratio speed of 1725 which makes it much faster than the modern ones as well.

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#6 posted 05-15-2009 02:12 AM

I like these older ones as well. I like mine because it has the weight behind it, my dremmel is tin metal. I like the older stuff from the 30s to late 50s. I lost count on the old tools I have of that vintage. I understand people liking different types. I use to collect and work on old electronics as well. I have a few jukeboxes and quit counting old radios once I hit 150. The two jukeboxes I have restored in my house are a 39 and a 48. I prefer the 48 seeburg and my wife prefers the 39 seeburg. So thats why I have two jukeboxes in the house. As far as older tools I have one of the first B&D homeduty drills made. It still runs perfect being decades old. The last B&D drill I bought new about 10 years ago I wore out in a year. The old stuff just holds up better for me.

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#7 posted 08-05-2012 01:53 AM

I have this same saw, but mine needs some work. I got the saw from a buddy of mine that received it in a will after his father in law died. I am not sure where to get the blades for the saw, do you have any suggestions. I live in Phoenix Arizona and am not sure where there are good shops to go to.

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#8 posted 08-05-2012 03:02 AM

My saw has the screws that tighten down on the blade. No holes or special setup. I have some bandsaw blades that are cut. I just cut them to the length I need and tighten the screw down. Works great.

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