I just bought an older Delta/Rockwell contractor TS
this thing is a tank and I think I can make it (bring it back) into
a nice saw
I have a few questions .. I will only ask the ones that I cant seem
to get google to come up with.
1. The fence is very heavy duty, but .. when I move the fence on my
side of the saw, the fence on the OTHER side of the saw lags behind
just a fraction .. this may not be a big deal .. but .. I can actually
lock down the fence in the laged position .. that cant be good.
the fence is one of those with the great big round tubes.
I am pretty sure that if the thing was aligned and waxed and working
like designed, that I wouldnt have this problem.
Is there somewhere I can read how to set up this fence ?
2. This thing weighs a ton .. and Ill have to pull it out to use it.
It does have these little casters on the bottom but they are worn so
much that they dont work anymore. Are there rebuit kits for these.
I am aware of the square caster stands that you can buy to put under
your power tools ..but .. I just wanted to try and get the originals
Mike, first thing to do, and hopefully this hasn't changed since B&D
bought Delta, is to get the model & serial number of your saw and call
Delta. If their policy is still the same they will send you a user
You have an original style "jetlock" fence (no relation to Jet tools)
There was likely some variation in production over the years it was
made, so these instructions may need to be modified. Usually there are
2 bolts or screws near the front or lever side of the fence on top.
Loosen these to adjust parallelism to the miter slots. Now, and I'm
working from memory here, I think the bolt that adjusts ther rear
clamp is at the back of the fence. If not someone will correct me
shortly I'm sure. At any rate it shouldn't be hard to determine which
bolt or nut adjusts the clamping of the rear fence lock. The important
thing is to adjust it so that the front clamp locks to the front rail
slightly before the rear clamp locks to the rear.
When using this fence, it helps to push forward at the front of the
fence, towards the saw, while operating the lever. This will help
square it properly. When all is adjusted properly, the front clamp
will lock down, squaring up the fence, and then the rear clamp will
lock. Another thing, try to always make the final move of the fence
_towards_ the blade. IOW, if changing from a rip width of 6" to 8",
move the fence out past 8" then back in again.
The jetlock is no Beismeyer or Unifence and requires more fussing
with, but it can be serviceable fence if kept adjusted properly, until
such time as you may decide to upgrade.
On Tue, 22 Aug 2006 04:41:20 GMT, email@example.com (Mike_in_SD)
You might try the Delta site which will send you to
when you click on the link for the manuals. You do have to register.
I haven't tried here for an older manual since the Delta site always
had them before. I think if you enter your model number though you
should be able to get your manual in pdf at no charge.
It should show you the fence instructions (the jet-lock was the
standard fence back then) and might even show the part number for the
caster although I don't think either are manufactured anymore.
Also, Larry's advice on the fence set-up is on the money. A few
minutes messing with the adjustments and you'll be in business.
Another thing of note, that saw was of USA manufacture and you can't
buy a new Delta Contractor's saw that is anymore.
Yea .. found a pic of my saw .. mine has the side tables and
is a little better shape than this one.
but ... not service manual ..
I think I'll take Larry's advice and just start playing with it ..
the strategy he gave really helps ..
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