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It's not a Delta Retirement Lamp but ...

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"Back From The Archives:1897423278_OldManSmiley:"

 

This is a continuation of Shane's original post which can be seen here.

 

It's not a Delta Retirement Lamp but it sure is close.

 

I have been looking for months for the right light to put on my Enterprise band saw. I bid on a couple of sweet OC White lights but they ended up selling for 600 and 700 dollars ... way out of my price range.

 

Tonight I found a listing for a Delta Retirement Lamp but the pic didn't look quite right.

It's definitely not a Delta No. 882 lamp.

(shown in the catalog cut and pic below .. borrowed from the vintage machinery site)

 

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But it is very similar. Here's what I bought.

 

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The hardware and the mount on the shade are the same but the shape of the shade is different and about 2½" bigger in diameter.

 

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Dan ... Larry ... any other Delta experts recognize this light?

Edited by Larry Buskirk

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I got the lamp in the mail earlier this week.

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It has a nice brass Leviton fatboy light socket.

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Last night after work I got it all stripped and painted.

The shade is cast aluminum and 5½" in diameter.IMG_1097.jpg

 

I polished the hardware and socket. I thought about sanding and polishing the shade but don't have time for that right now so I painted it black, I may polish it later when life slows down some.

 

This afternoon after the paint dried I got it put back together and mounted to the saw.

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I'm still not sure what this lamp originally came off of. I am pretty sure it's not a Chinese knock off and I looked at the Powermatic pics and dirty paper, plus most of the other manufactures on the Vintage Machinery site and didn't see any others like it.

 

Whatever it came off of, I think it's the perfect size for the large band saw.

Edited by Larry Buskirk

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Hi Guys,

 

First time on this site. Ran across the link for retirement lamps. I've been wanting one for my 14 inch Delta bandsaw and finally found one on Ebay last week for only $41, great find but now what I want to find out is  why they call them retirement lamps.

I've been retired for 10 years and don't look anything like them....please help.

 

Thanks in advance. Bill

Edited by Larry Buskirk

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What a coincidence, I just bought a used desk lamp that I'm guessing could be made of stainless steel for a very reasonable price that has the same style of lamp shade, but mounted differently. It uses up to a 40W max. bulb. I plan to use it with a piece of machinery, not sure which machine yet. 

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