Some of you may recall that I acquired an old Delta tablesaw at an estate
sale last year. I'm hoping someone in the group can help me increase my
knowledge about its history.
It's a model 1160. The blade is fixed and the table does all the moving.
The plate with the serial number is missing on my saw so I can't use that
to date it.
The 1160 was first manufactured in 1936 and apparently continued until a
few years after WWII, although I can't confirm an actual last year date.
Delta became Rockwell-Delta in 1946. Did the nameplates change then or
shortly thereafter? My nameplate makes no mention of Rockwell.
The saw has a Westinghouse "Life Line" motor with an early 40's date but
since the saw was sold sans motor, I have no idea if it was the original
motor or a later replacement. I've been unable to find much info on the
motor. A Google search turned up a few references to Life Line motore,
but they were all huge things of 50-300 horsepower. Mine has a 1 hp, 13.6
amp motor, capacitor start, and is wired for 110. Does anyone have info
on this motor?
The Delta website mentions that their production during WWII went almost
entirely to defense industries. So the odds are that my saw was not
produced during the war, although there is a possibility that it came into
private hands after the war as war surplus. Again, any info on Delta
during the war would be appreciated.
So far, the restoration is proceeding, albeit slowly. I'm beginning to
think that the only parts I'll need will be a new blade, new brushes for
the motor, and maybe some new bearings for the arbor and/or the motor.
All the rest is cleanup and repainting.