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Manufactured/Badged by:
Rockwell Manufacturing Co.
Pittsburgh, PA

True Manufacturer:
Delta Manufacturing Co., Milwaukee, WI; Jackson, TN
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Table Saw
Machine Size: 12" - 14"
Submitted By: Peter Bartell
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 12 - 14 tilting arbor
Date of Manufacturer: 1950's
Serial Number:
Last Updated 10/13/2011 1:01:09 PM

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having used industrial quality machinery for years, I was always less then happy with the performance of my imported 10" table saw. I know one day it was going to be replaced.

A former housemate of mine called one day saying that he had the saw for me. He works for a large plastics distributor & they were making room in their shop. They were literally throwing this saw away.

He made that call on a Thursday (my late night at work-- here 'till 7:30). I was at his shop by 8:30 & we had this thing disassembled & loaded in my 1984 CJ-7 by 10PM. How we got it all in there I cannot say- it was a miracle.

I chose to leave the 5HP 3Ph motor behind. Unfortunately that included the special 4 groove sheave. I thought I would simply order a replacement from Grainger, but alas, that did not work out. Thankfully fellow OWWM'er Bob Vaughan had one for me. I had to enlarge it's bore to 1.25" & then re-cut the keyway.

It has definitely had a hard life, -- one of the trunnion supports mounts' was cracked off. I was able to braze that back in place. (see lower left corner of second photo, below)

This machine sat in parts for at least 3 years before I finally got around to reassembly. Selling the 10" saw greatly helped in getting that job going. :D

I scored the brand new Baldor 5HP motor, a stack of 12 & 14" blades, and a Forrest Dado set off of Ebay.

I have the Grizzly dado extension arbor for it.

It is now up & running with a 5HP 220V SP motor. It works great! I was concerned that the SP motor would draw too much power for my home electrical service to handle. Much to my surprise, it spools right up. It rips 3.5" of wood on a single pass, without hesitation. That is what I'm talking about! It runs smooth as butter-- no tools/pencils, etc will be vibrating their way off this thing.

It still needs a little TLC-- the bearings are worn, the paint is nasty, and the arbor height adjusting crank does not have all the parts to lock it in place. The side cover is long gone, so a new one will have to be made. A nicer fence is on the wish-list, but this one works just fine for now.

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