Restoring a Walker Turner BN730 Band Saw #6: Finally done

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Blog entry by Camper posted 1188 days ago 4662 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it is finally done, I have it all together and was able to make some saw dust. Other than assembling it all, I crowned the tires (the blade tracks beautifully) and used Bob Vaughn’s article to tune up the wheels and guides etc. Great article by the way. I was able to make straight cuts and follow a curve without any problems. Now I need to make some blade guards and a new stand and most importantly learn to use it properly :)

Here is the before and after pictures. Note the little bit of sawdust on the table and under it :)

Thanks for following along.

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#1 posted 1188 days ago

Beautiful job. I just saw one on CL. If I didn’t already have 2 (a Delta and CM), I would be on top of it. They are just beautiful saws.
Not to mention, Walker Turner made wonderful tools in general.
Nice saw.

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#2 posted 1188 days ago

Turned out to be one great looking saw.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 1187 days ago

Walker Turner made some great stuff!

I have had a Walker Turner 16” industrial bandsaw for 50 years (bought it used when I was in college at Georgia Tech) and its is still going strong and making sawdust. The damn things just won’t quit and never seem to wear out. And it is so heavily built it is far beyond anything made today.


-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#4 posted 880 days ago

I just acquired a Walker Turner 12” Band Saw and took special interest in your project. Nice job.
I have a couple of questions: 1. Can you be more specific about how the PO lengthened the blade? 2. Where can I find Bob Vaugh’s artical?
Thanks for the help.

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#5 posted 833 days ago

Nice job. I’ve also recently aquired a BN730 however, the lower guide has been completely changed for the worse and the top guide also looks a bit fishy.
Does anyone know where I could find a set of guides for such a saw? Even if it means building some custom brackets.

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