I inherited a mondo Rockwell table saw. Big honking aluminum (or some
metal) frame. It has no base, and it takes two men to move it. I'm going
to make a rolling base for it, and see if I can get rid of a couple of the
biggest rattles and wobbles.
It has a fence, although not a great one. It's the one that came with the
machine, and uses a thumbscrew to move it. You have to slide it a small
amount on one end, do the same on the other end, repeat repeat repeat. Will
put some lithium on there, but am sure it will be a dust magnet. Does
anyone make a fence that has the quick cam release? And I need a couple of
T's that go in the slots. Ebay? Are these mostly the same size, or is
there a variety of them.
I really like the ones on my Delta, as they have a T that fits into a slot,
and the whole thing cannot come out except from either end of the slot in
I like and use Google, but in this case, I would have had a mountain of
responses from anything from the Rockwell hardness scale to Rockwell the
person. Asking questions that are to the point help save me time. You must
admit that when you get 12,395,392 answers in .043 seconds, that some of
them are not going to be to the point. I call it the shotgun approach. I
prefer the scope on the bullseye approach.
YMM(and probably does)V
"mondo" Rockwell doesn't quite describe the saw...
What is the model number ?
All Rockwell tools have a model number.
What size and make, is the motor ?
Does it look like this ?
Can you post a picture anywhere but here ???
Delta/Rockwell made "many" saws but mondo wasn't a model I
The first picture is NOT Rockwell but that is Websters
definition of "mondo".
On 3/21/2012 9:17 AM, Steve B wrote:
Steve, throw away the fence that is on it now. Look up Biesemeyer on
google. You can make a clone if you have the time and talent. Here is
a well detailed explanation:
I am guessing without a model number, but it sounds like you do NOT have
a cabinet saw and you tell that it is heavy, so I would surmise that it
is a contractor style saw with the motor sticking out the back end. As
you set it up, plan out a side table and "catch" table so you can
manage a full sheet of plywood with relative ease
Yes, sounds what I have, but don't have the model number in front of me at
this moment. Was underneath there today, and looking at the gears to
adjust blade height and saw angle. It is a "contractor grade" saw. It is
very heavy, but the fence is terrible, having to move it a quarter to an
eighth of an inch on each end at a time. Still, it's just a little better
than the Delta I have, but with the ease of adjustment of the Delta, the
Rockwell doesn't beat it by much. I still need to make a tubular steel
metal base for it, and get it all set up with some side wings to see what it
will really do. I'm not a cabinet maker, and something that will just saw
square is acceptable in this shop.
A good contractors saw is great. One of the best features is you can
easily build your own base to suit your needs. My base has my jointer
on one side, and the jointer fence is exactly the same height as saw
top, so it acts as a extension. All of it is the same height as the
work bench top beside it, which also acts as an extension table for long
work. It has built in dust collection and is mobile. Here's a picture to
give you some ideas:
It is very heavy, but the fence is terrible, having to move it a quarter
Trash the fence immediately. Buy a Delta 36-T30 fence, which is a
Biesemeyer fence for half the cost. Buy the Biesemeyer if you have
money to burn. I got mine at Lowe's on sale for $100, list was 150 a
few years ago. Best money I ever spent on the shop. I installed it on
my 58 year old saw, no problem.
Nice thing about tool benches is you don't need to be a cabinet maker to
make them. You can make them to learn how to be a cabinet maker:-)
Make them out of construction grade lumber, cheap, mistakes are cheap,
and they look great. I made my benches to learn cabinet making, and the
last one I made, this one, is the cheapest since I wasn't practicing
anymore, I made it quick and dirty, but it's still nice and 100%
tailored to my specific needs.
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
I'm sure it could, just that with most contractor's saws, there's many
areas where dust has to be collected. The contractor's saw I use is on
an open stand and I have to keep it that way so I can use it properly,
so boxing it up is not an option for me.
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