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Old 09-22-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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Default Garage sale score - 1957 Rockwell Delta 34-600

Hey everybody, I'm a new poster to this site. I come over by the HAMB where I have the same name. I haven't had too much to contribute, but I think this might fit in.

I scored this machine off an older gentleman at a garage sale in Newark, Delaware last week. I stopped by as he was packing away his stuff for the day and he did not want to carry this back down to his basement. He offered it to me for $10 and I almost broke my arm reaching for my wallet.

Very original Rockwell/Delta 34-600 9" table saw with 4" jointer combo. It is pretty complete with the original Delta-tagged 3/4 hp motor and micro-adjustable fence. A call to Delta's tech line showed that this machine was manufactured in March of 1957. The motor fired right up and spun as smooth as glass. The original switch was not grounding properly (ask me how I found that out), so I replaced it with a new, original style switch from Lowe's. The only other issue is that the roll pin for the crank and shaft that raises and lowers the blade height has sheared off inside the shaft. It will require drilling out the pin and replacing it with a slightly larger diameter pin, an easy and inexpensive fix. It is also missing the miter guide, but that seems to be an easy eBay find. The blade spins smooth and true, and the fence moves freely and accurately.

Plans are to do a simple restoration, which should be relatively easy. Just a fresh coat of gray over the already decent paint, clean up the base, and clean up the light surface rust that has developed on the table top. Being a hot rodder, I'll probably have my friend Anthony White (00Mack on the HAMB) lay down some killer Von Dutch-style stripes on it to make it look as good as it runs.

Feel free to leave some comments and info if anybody has any advice! Thanks







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Old 09-22-2011, 01:14 PM   #2
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What a FREAKIN' SWEET deal!!! You def SUCK.

I didn't know they made those combo machines so now, you SUCK even more.

And for $10??? WTF? Now, you SUCK X3!

And you'll get it striped, too? OK, now, you're up to SUCK at the fourth level!

And you'll really SUCK if'n you don't post some pics after you've cleaned it up!

Did I mention you SUCK?
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:21 PM   #3
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Hahaha, I will tell you, it SUCKED picking it up and putting into the truck! This thing is heavy!

The Homecraft line also apparently offered a combo with a drill press and sander. I guess you could order up whatever combo you wanted. Pretty cool though, this thing has style!
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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You suckckckckckkckclc
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:43 PM   #5
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What? There's more than one Newark.

Exactly how old was this guy--maybe he still thought that $10 was a lot of money and that cokes only cost a nickel.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:49 PM   #6
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Very nice machine, sometimes cast iron has a mind of its own; did you by any chance take a straight edge to the top and see if it was level? Sometimes they have to be machined in a shop; here of late I have been looking at the newer models that have the solid stone tops ,I hope they don't have the same idea as cast iron in say 25 years!

super good deal and yes you get the suck award!
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:57 PM   #7
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Steal Deal - That's a classic little saw/jointer and will serve you well.
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It is also missing the miter guide, but that seems to be an easy eBay find
Yeah, for 3X what you paid for the whole combo! Watch garage sales and craigslist. You'll probably be able to pick up another parts saw with a miter guage for less than they go for on eBay or over on the BOYD at OWWM. http://owwm.org/viewforum.php?f=83
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Plans are to do a simple restoration, which should be relatively easy. Just a fresh coat of gray over the already decent paint, clean up the base, and clean up the light surface rust that has developed on the table top. Being a hot rodder, I'll probably have my friend Anthony White (00Mack on the HAMB) lay down some killer Von Dutch-style stripes on it to make it look as good as it runs.
If you plan to keep it for your own use, sky's the limit on your build. Just don't put time/money into it expecting to flip it for a profit. Small woodworking machines are a dead dog these days and tilting table saws a dead dog with fleas. I've got a stack of TS in the rathole which were too good a bargain to pass up, but wouldn't bring enough at resell time to be worth the necessary parts and labor.

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Old 09-22-2011, 02:09 PM   #8
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What? There's more than one Newark.

SNIP

You have no idea...


Canada

* Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, once called Newark

United Kingdom

* Newark-on-Trent, a market town in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands region of England and the oldest Newark
o Newark (UK Parliament constituency)
* Newark, Peterborough in Cambridgeshire
* Newark Park, a country house and estate in Gloucestershire
* Port Glasgow, Scotland, called Newark until 1667
o Newark Castle, Port Glasgow

United States

* Newark, Arkansas
* Newark, California
* Newark, Delaware
* Newark, Illinois
* Newark, Indiana
* Newark, Maryland
* Newark, Missouri
* Newark, New Jersey, largest city named Newark
* Newark, New York
* Newark Valley (town), New York
* Newark Valley (village), New York
* Newark, Ohio
* Newark, South Dakota
* Newark, Texas
* Newark, Vermont
* Newark, West Virginia
* Newark, Wisconsin, a town

And I'm pretty sure there is one in Australia, or New Zealand, (or both...)
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:26 PM   #9
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Definite suckage!

I have that same jointer, I set it up as a stand alone unit with a double ended motor with plans on putting a disk sander at the other end. (Another incomplete project...)

I'm pretty sure that setup had about a half dozen "add-ons". Another one was a jig saw (I also have the base unit for the jig saw, thinking about converting it into a power file...) In was made shortly after Shopsmith started making inroads on the woodworking public to compete for the "multipurpose tool" crowd.
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Newark,Ohio has one cool building that will blow you away standing 1/2 a mile away.

Type in: Longaberger The Longaberger company for a look at that cool building.
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If you plan to keep it for your own use, sky's the limit on your build. Just don't put time/money into it expecting to flip it for a profit. Small woodworking machines are a dead dog these days and tilting table saws a dead dog with fleas. I've got a stack of TS in the rathole which were too good a bargain to pass up, but wouldn't bring enough at resell time to be worth the necessary parts and labor.

jack vines
Yeah, I agree. I'm not looking to flip this machine for a profit. Honestly, I've avoided purchasing woodworking tools simply because I don't do a whole lot of wood work. As a serious auto hobbyist, pretty much all of my tools are centered around metal work and body work. More recently though, my girlfriend and I have been batting around the idea of purchasing a home, and I realized that I'm woefully ill-equipped to perform home improvement construction projects. I prefer the old American made tools for their feel and durability, and this will make a killer addition to my collection. No plans on getting rid of this machine. Hell, it's even a '57, just like my car! It was meant to be!


I actually stumbled across this saw at the garage sale. The reason I stopped was to inquire about a little mini-fridge they were selling. My girl's new office doesn't have a fridge, so I thought I'd surprise her. The fridge even had a lock on it so nobody can steal her lunch! I got that for $14!
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Type in: Longaberger The Longaberger company for a look at that cool building.
OMFG!





Man am I glad I don't live in THAT Newark!
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What? There's more than one Newark.
It's funny, the locals in Newark, DE get offended if people "improperly" pronounce the name of their town. The Delaware folks say "New-Ark", whereas the Jersey folks like myself say "New-ERK". They don't want anything to do with Newark, NJ, and I can't blame them!
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What, There's a Newark, Texas. I think my head just exploded!

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You have no idea...


Canada

* Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, once called Newark

United Kingdom

* Newark-on-Trent, a market town in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands region of England and the oldest Newark
o Newark (UK Parliament constituency)
* Newark, Peterborough in Cambridgeshire
* Newark Park, a country house and estate in Gloucestershire
* Port Glasgow, Scotland, called Newark until 1667
o Newark Castle, Port Glasgow

United States

* Newark, Arkansas
* Newark, California
* Newark, Delaware
* Newark, Illinois
* Newark, Indiana
* Newark, Maryland
* Newark, Missouri
* Newark, New Jersey, largest city named Newark
* Newark, New York
* Newark Valley (town), New York
* Newark Valley (village), New York
* Newark, Ohio
* Newark, South Dakota
* Newark, Texas
* Newark, Vermont
* Newark, West Virginia
* Newark, Wisconsin, a town

And I'm pretty sure there is one in Australia, or New Zealand, (or both...)
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...but there's only one Sewark!
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