Within the last month, 4 saws have followed me home. I was looking for something to refurbish for the book. Didn't want to spend much. A month ago this showed up on CL. A Rockwell bench top. $25
Seems reasonably solid. Has a quirk I had not seen before in bench-top saw. It is not a direct drive, but a belt drive.
Belt is in good shape so I have hopes this thing.
Then Jim B. was de-cluttering his garage and this freebie Craftsman came home. Quirky shaft drive and lots of rust to experience electrolysis.
Then decided that a common contractor's saw would best fit in the book. Back to CL.
Found this gem. A '48-'50 Timberline contractor's saw. $50. When motors were motors, cast iron was the norm, and stout was the name of the game.
Hmmm.... fence and miter gauge came along. Must still be in the truck behind the seats.
But I digress.
Motors were motors with bearings that run forever. This thing is as quiet as my cabinet saw (in storage). Look at that #10 cord! This is a dual voltage 115/230 VAC and 13/6.5 amp motor.
Here is a shot of the front with badge. You can see the corroded aluminum that I hope will clean up nicely.
Couldn't believe it. This is a keeper. It will get much use in building the house. Biggest problem will be to keep it from being stolen!
Same seller had this rusty ol' Sears band saw sitting there as well. Offered it for $50. Couldn't walk away without it. Also will be good enough, both for the book and the house build.
Lots of rust and clean up to do, but only $125 cash out so far. Got extras, fences, extension tables, miter gauges, stands, even rusty steel saw blades. Will go on eBay and CL and I will easily recoup my cash investment. Will need some electrical stuff and new belts, except for the Rockwell.
And I still don't have a common contractor's saw, like a Craftsman. But there is one freebie on CL without a motor, that if they answered their darned email (only contact they've offered), would be here for refurbishing. I have plenty of donor parts to make it whole.
That's how I ended last weekend!