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Rockwell Manufacturing Co.
Pittsburgh, PA

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Combo Machine
Machine Size: 10" Saw / 6" Jointer
Submitted By: Gerald Buttigieg
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Model 1164 Tilting Table / Jointer
Date of Manufacturer: 1962
Serial Number: (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 4/10/2010 2:30:35 PM

Comments:
The combo unit was bought by my father in Johannesburg South Africa in 1964. When he translocated to Australia in 1965 he took it with him. In 1973 he shipped it back to me in South Africa as he had no use for it any longer. It arrived CKD complete but for one ball crank handle missing. I have just recently been able to get a replacement through OWWM Classifieds from Mike Bradley (USA). Spares being impossible to find here in SA I have made a substitute sawguard and splitter complete with anti kickback fingers. I was fortunate enough to source a second hand mounting bracket TCS 242. The pivot arm is 1/2" water pipe bent to shape. Saw guards were optional extras. The motor attachment has been modified so only one machine runs at a time, belt changing is easy by pivoting the motor bracket. Weight of motor is sufficient to keep good tension. Muslin type sock over outlet collects majority of sawdust.
Photo 6 shows the caster foot cast in bronze. I was given three and to find the missing 4th was impossible. I had a copy made of the missing foot. I had to drill the holes in the foot but eventually managed and the foot is working fine. A replacement for the missing foot pedal was obtained from OWWM Classifieds thanks to Ron Reynolds. Caster set now complete and functional.
Further to this in 2007 my long search for an original saw guard was realised and as I was able to purchase one. It replaced the home made one which some said I should have left on. The next thing to find is a tenoning jig but another very elusive item.
The Dexion stand. When I got this saw, I had to store it in a garage in which there was a model train layout. In order to have both in the garage the saw had to fit under the layout. With the original Rockwell legs it stood too high so I had to lower it and made the dexion stand which was used for close on 30 years. It was fitted with rollers under the base. When moving to Byrne it only reverted to the original stand when I managed to get a caster set as the saw had to be mobile in my smallish workshop. This picture shows it as it was.
In 2008 I was extremely lucky to find an original saw guard complete bar the splitter. This was after 25 years of looking for one. I had seen sawguards but they were all attached to combos and never as seperate items. I removed the homemade unit and replaced it with what you see in Picture 1.

Photo 1:

Comments: The combo as it is now complete with saw guard and missing crank handle replaced.August 2008.
Source: Gerald Buttigieg
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Photo 2:

Comments: Homemade sawguard /splitter I fashioned out of aluminium sheet.
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Photo 3:

Comments: Combo Rear view showing pivoting motor mount so as to eliminate unnecessary running of the jointer.
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Photo 4:

Comments: Home made mitre clamp attachment for mitre gauge.
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Comments: The dexion stand made so that the saw could fit under a model train layout.
Source: Gerald Buttigieg.
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Photo 6:

Comments: Caster foot cast in bronze to make up set of 4. The pedal came courtesy of Ron Reynolds OWWM Mass USA.
Source: GB's Roving Sony
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