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Forum topic by WJR posted 05-15-2015 02:15 AM 2040 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2015 02:15 AM

Well look what followed me home today. I picked this guy up off of Craigslist, it was a bit of a drive but I think it was worth it. I paid $200 for it and it had all the original accessories with the exception of the safety guard. The paint is in pretty good shape for its age. A good amount of surface rust on the table, but nothing looked too deep. The arbor was nice and tight with no play. It had a bit of a vibration to it, but it needs new belt and I am sure it could use some bearings, a good cleaning and tightening of all the hardware. It will definitely get a real mobile base upgrade. True it is not a “real” cabinet saw as the internals are mounted to the table, but I am OK with that. It is beefy a definite upgrade over the standard contractor saw. Looks like the motor was swapped out at some point, but considering they put a 1.5 HP motor in I am not complaining! Wish me luck on the restoration!


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#1 posted 05-15-2015 02:37 AM

Four wings are almost worth $200. Nice looking fence too, good score.

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#2 posted 05-15-2015 12:10 PM

That’s a great deal, and it looks to be pretty good shape for it’s age. I’ve always thought those saws were good looking saws. I’ve seen some rehabbed that were just stunning. Good luck with it!

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#3 posted 05-15-2015 01:24 PM

Ok, I’m jealous – been looking for a ts deal for months now – grats on the find and good luck with refurb – please post your progress as you go – just in case some of us need to do the same and have no clue where to start LOL

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#4 posted 05-15-2015 02:07 PM

There’s nothing like a good old table saw that was built in the U.S. back then…..I have one….

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#5 posted 05-15-2015 03:40 PM

I wouldn’t do anything to it but clean it up, but that’s just me. I would not re-paint it unless it’s all rusted and needs paint. Leave that nice antique patina on it. Nice machine! Have fun

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#6 posted 05-15-2015 03:43 PM

For a second I thought the belt cover was the belt. looked like a 2” serpentine belt. Great idea, me.

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#7 posted 05-15-2015 06:15 PM

That might be the original motor, or a later year replacement for the OEM motor (it’s made by Emerson, same as the saw itself)... according to information from the vintagemachinery site, those saws could be equipped with an ‘upgraded’ 1.5HP motor which required a different motor mount, so it’s quite possible that is what you have. I personally would strip it down, clean every nut and bolt and give it a fresh paint job… but that’s just me :) They do look nice all cleaned up and shiny!


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