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Posted on Old Delta bandsaw, worth it?

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 04:22 AM

+1 for Louis Iturra who is very helpful.

Are you wanting to spend a lot of time refinishing and rebuilding machines or woodworking? You will spend a bunch of hours on that old Delta, which can be fun if that is your interest. If you enjoy that then go for it, but it may set your woodworking projects to a later time.

It looks like Brad is in the middle of a beautiful job or refurbishing and refinishing an old Delta. Is that what you have in mind too?

Limitations you asked: Is the motor 1/3 or 1/2 HP or what? It may be too small and new one may cost $$. Iturra says use 1.5 HP if you want to resaw. How will you collect dust off that machine? How will you guard the belt drive? Is a quick tension release important to you?

Another option would be to find something used that requires no work that costs what you will eventually spend on the old Delta (tires, belt, sheet metal, bearings, cleaning, paint, wiring, casters, guides?, spring, your time?, etc). When you get to the point that you want to upgrade from a 14” machine you can sell and get you money out of a used machine.

Be realistic about the money, time, and your interests in undertaking refurbishing projects.

Have fun.


-- Ed

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