I found the best find ever in my life. I found a Delta Homecraft 10” Bandsaw in an alleyway cast away near a “free” sign. I thought to myself, “That bandsaw deserves better and I took it home.
There she is in her miskept beauty. On of the things that really pecks my brain is the stand. It says, “Property of CC Wakefield & Co. Ltd.” on it. Charles Cheers Wakefield is the founder of C.C.Wakefield & Co(Now known as Castrol). What’s weird is as far as I know there are not Castrol plants in Kelowna. Who knows what happened during those 58 years the saw’s been around.
The saw has 100% of the original parts. No replacements or cracked parts, I was very fortunate as I doubt I would ever be able to find replacement parts for this saw. The tires need replacing(They look original) and it needs new guide bearings. That’s a cheap replacement. 30 dollars for the tires and ~10 dollars for the bearings. I’m going to put a 1/4” blade on it, that’s 14 dollars at Lee Valley.
The saw has a 1/4Hp motor which is strikes me as being odd. The next picture will show why it’s a rather unique motor.
The inscription says:
“This machine was made by the loyal subjects of her gracious majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the time of her coronation June 1953”
This is very interesting to find on a motor. I didn’t realize the British were so fond of their royalty to put a plaque that fancy on a motor.
As you can see by the pictures, the motor is in rough shape. It makes a rather large spark everytime it is turned on. It’s missing the fan cover so there was dust getting into the windings. I’m not going to worry about replacing it as I have a good dust collector.
I hope you enjoyed reading my restoration blog. The next entry will come when I wake up. I was actually planning to do it tonight but somehow I misplaced a digital image of the mess of parts on my tablesaw.
-- Tyrone - Canada, BC