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Crescent Machine Co.
Leetonia, OH

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Combo Machine
Machine Size: 3400 pounds.
Submitted By: Charles Taylor
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Model 58. 32" bandsaw, 16" jointer, 14" table saw, 1" shaper, borer/mortiser
Date of Manufacturer:
Serial Number: 29905 (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 8/17/2006 12:00:00 AM

I bought this combination machine in 1972 in Putney, Vermont, where it was set up to run in a contractor's shop, but not used regularly anymore. It's now in New Jersey.

It is a complete machine in running condition. I used it a lot for 13 years, stored it for 20 years, and am now setting it up to run again. The motor may very well be the one that came with it, a big old 5 horsepower Century, with a magnetic starter box (also big). Found the serial number on the back of the table saw table.

Everything on the machine worked fine for me. I added plywood shields under the table saw to control the chips, and a box around the main drive belt to keep the chips out of the motor pit. The belt comes up from under the floor (the motor has a custom built pit; I've made three pits now). Also added an idler wheel to get more wrap on the jointer pulley, which worked well; and a lower backup wheel for the bandsaw blade. The new shop has a dust collection system, and I plan to add good collection ports all around.

It is much the same to use as conventional separate machines. You have to start the motor first, then engage the clutch for the machine you need. Interestingly, the five clutches are all different from each other mechanically. The bandsaw is left handed, and the drill is horizontal, but they both work fine. It sounds fantastic with all the belts slapping. I think it came with endless belts, but all mine have Clipper lacing.

I added a little in the way of guards, but never felt it was particularly dangerous, at least for a woodworking machine. My big fear was that the bearings would overheat and die, but they never did. You do have to climb in and oil a whole bunch of places pretty regularly. The table saw bearing finally wore so much that it's not perfectly square to the table, and I need to re-pour its bearings.

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Comments: Winter 2006 move. Accessories and upper bandsaw wheel removed.
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Comments: Bottom view, showing 2 casters. The third, which is steerable, isn't in place, as it falls out when the machine is lifted.
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