I bought an old Gil Bilt table saw from a woodworking buddy for next to nothing. He got it from a relative that got it from the guy that built it and then hardly used it. Two of the three owners had never used it.
I remember seeing the kits advertised in the back of popular mechanics and other magazines when I was a kid
Gil Bilt also had kits for diy band saws, planers and more!
I did a little looking on the net and found them listed in St Loius
I think it was Gilliom Co
At any rate, whoever built it did a nice job and it looks like it was used only a few times.
I bought it planning on taking the motor and switch and blade to put on an old sears saw.
It has a oak table with an oak rip fence. The tilt uses a funky push rod with a typical lock down knob. It looks like it would be pretty easy to install a threaded rod to make a screw type system to tilt it
The base looks a lot like a cabinet saw, but it has the motor in the typical contractor saw location
It came with a decent freud rip blade and a leather linked belt in nice shape too.
I plugged it in and tried it out and it has plenty of ripping power and it cuts straight and true.
At this point I'm going to use it a bit as it really doesn't deserve to be broken down for parts.
One of my sons build tables as a hobby so finding a home for an under used saw is no problem
I'll bet I'm not the only one around here to buy a table saw on a whim
This is definitely one of my best wood working tool finds.
Anyone else care to share their great finds too ?