New (used) Delta Table Saw #2: Here it gotta clean it up.

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Blog entry by woodchips posted 10-08-2008 05:57 PM 4477 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I was finally able to go pick the saw up and I’m every bit as excited as I was when I first bought it. I’m going to be doing a bit of work on it before using it. I need to rebuild the right wing extension and I’m going to build a router table into it. I also need to give it a good cleaning inside and lube it with some sort of dry lube (any suggestions?).

The cast iron surface has some very minor rust spots that will need to be removed, what would be the best way to remove that? I was thinking of just using dry steel wool pads (any better suggestions?).

When I picked it up, I realized it was missing a part of the blade guard so I’ll be checking with the shop to get that also. And if the picture is clear enough, does anybody have any experience with the magnetic on/off switch that is installed on it? I’ve never seen a magnetic switch before so just asking. I think I’ll relocate the switch down to the left side of the table underneath the fence rail, seems to be a more intuitive place rather than where it currently is.

It is sitting on my shop made portable base since I couldn’t shell out 200 for the really nice one, of course I’ll be adding better supports once I rebuild the right side table wing.

I also got a scrap of some solid surface corian type stuff and and going to make a new zero clearence insert.

here’s a few shots of my new baby!

From New Delta TableSaw

From New Delta TableSaw

From New Delta TableSaw

From New Delta TableSaw

From New Delta TableSaw

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#1 posted 10-08-2008 07:35 PM

I used CRC Moly lube (spray) on my saw that I recently rebuilt. It is a dry lube so shouldn’t attact too much saw dust. The wheels turn smoother than they ever did.

-- Joe

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Patrick Jaromin

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#2 posted 10-08-2008 07:40 PM

Sweet! Thanks for the pics…I’m on a self-imposed “new tool hiatus” so thanks for letting me live vicariously through you!

Great deal ya got there, congrats!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#3 posted 10-08-2008 08:04 PM

As far as cleaning the table goes…

I took instructions from OWWM and used single-edged razor blades to scrape rust from the table. From the pictures, your table looks good enough to maybe skip this step. I had some bad pitting and rust that I treated with phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid leaves a grey coating that I found easily removed with the next step. Again, from the pictures your table doesn’t look bad enough to need this.

Rather than steel wool, per OWWM I used the green scratchy (Scotch Brite?) pads with WD40 in an orbital sander. They remove less metal and tend to leave the original machining marks. If you get real heavy-handed, though, it will leave little swirls. It truly makes the table look very like it did when it left the factory.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#4 posted 10-08-2008 08:07 PM

I would sand the table with an orbital sander working down to very fine grit believe me it works I have domne it before.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Grant Davis

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#5 posted 10-08-2008 09:42 PM

I too am envious, a little cleaning and tuning and that baby should last for years to come.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 10-08-2008 09:48 PM

I have a Unisaw about this same vintage, my wife bought it for my 50th bd 20 years ago. I added the Incra TS fence and have router table on one end and can use the fence with it also. I am sure that you will enjoy your saw as much as I have, it is a nice piece of machinery, I have had no problems with it in the 20 years I have had it. Here in Florida I have to keep the top waxed to prevent rust but the waxing makes it work nicer anyway. I am sure that yours will clean up like new, enjoy


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#7 posted 12-12-2008 05:23 AM

Nice looking saw.

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