About four years ago I was told to pick up a saw with spun bearings being
dontated to a church sale. After I packed the thing into my Mazda 626 I asked
the guy at church how much he'd tag it for. And it came home with me.
A little while later I bought some bearings, and there sat the saw in my
basement. Every day going down there to watch this thing mocking me. Didn't
have the time, or forgot to do something or other, or didn't have the space,
and time rolled by. Finally ordered a new arbor and started the rebuild last
week. Cleaning, lubing, much beating and pressing of parts. And it all went
So what am I talking about? It's a 1972 Rockwell/Delta 34-338 Contractor's
Special 10" table saw. Two-knob 24" capacity fence (any official name?), nice
miter guage, one aluminum wing, one stamped steel, 1.5HP TEFC motor, steel
stand, and came with a decent Sears carbide combo blade. 280 pounds of domestic
iron in the form of the best saw short of a cabinet style. Original cost in my
1971 Holiday catalog shown at $364.98.
And what's the gloat? Table saw from church sale: $10, New arbor: $63, New
bearings: $24, New knobs: free from scrap bin, finally having my first 10"
table up and running: Priceless.
Oh yeah, have any opinion of this model, Keeter?