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Forum topic by dakremer posted 06-04-2015 04:26 PM 1480 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2015 04:26 PM

Since buying a new house and finally having some shop space, I’ve been in the market for some tools!! (yay me!). Came across this gem on Craigslist today. I’m no expert on machinery (especially old ones like this)

Wondering your thoughts on this old band saw?

http://dubuque.craigslist.org/tls/5011776518.html

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#1 posted 06-04-2015 04:31 PM

I would say save the 400$ and buy a newer one, they’ve made a lot of advances in bandsaws over the years so I would suggest buying a new or new to you model. just my 3 cents

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#2 posted 06-04-2015 04:46 PM

I’d go 400, but thats his starting. I’d offer 250 and work up till you meet in the middle i.e. 300 or so. If it runs true and even if not, bearing replacement is easy, go for it. . If you want to know any issues etc then go over to old woodworking machinery site, and look it up. No machine today has the weight.

Reach-out and get the model info. The motor can be upgraded to 2 or 3hp.

Those old iron horses from the past are awesome. I found a 14” 1934 delta for 200 that was original. It’s my goto bandsaw and is solid cast iron and does not have a big motor. I put carter guides, and it’s fantastic.

I’ve got a 16” walkerturner that weighs over 600lbs that will be awesome when i put new bearings in it.

So, if you are willing to check it out and dig into the info, you may have a real find there.

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#3 posted 06-04-2015 04:55 PM

That thing is a beast! I’m guessing he’s calling it a 20 foot based on the length of the blade :-)

Yeah, it may need bearings and a bit of tweaking, but I’d absolutely go for it. I would LOVE to have that in my shop! And I’m thinking that the 1hp motor will drive it better than a lot of folks think.

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#4 posted 06-04-2015 04:58 PM



That thing is a beast! I m guessing he s calling it a 20 foot based on the length of the blade :-)

Yeah, it may need bearings and a bit of tweaking, but I d absolutely go for it. I would LOVE to have that in my shop! And I m thinking that the 1hp motor will drive it better than a lot of folks think.

- JoeinGa

You are right, the inertia of those big wheels get going they can hum. It would be easy though to pick up a biger motor.

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#5 posted 06-04-2015 05:37 PM

Looks very much like an old Silver Mfg. machine, which is a 20” saw and were made in the early 1900’s (1910-1920 or thereabouts). Here is a picture of one from the VM site:

And while they did have ‘motorized’ models, the one with the hole down below in the base appears to be their foot powered model. This was from their 1916 catalog:

Would be a very cool restoration project.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 06-04-2015 08:13 PM

It’s way too unoriginal to ask $400. I’d go half his price at most. Those blades look like solid rust and are probably worthless.

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#7 posted 06-04-2015 08:25 PM

Buy new…

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#8 posted 06-04-2015 08:46 PM

Hi Doug,
It might be neat for an antique display, but if you want to spend that kind of money, buy a Grizzly G0555 ultimate band saw for just a little more. It will take less room and do everything you want with the 6” riser added. On of the local LJ’s found one for $450… never used. The guy bought it and had a stroke and it is brand new.

But if you want it for a project, I’d offer $250 and see what he says. Restored it might be a very good machine but you should check the bearings, the guide holder and see if it vibrates a bunch when running. Restoring it could cost another $200.

My 2 cents worth….....................cheers, Jim

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#9 posted 06-04-2015 10:15 PM

No fence, miter gauge, quick release. What kinda guides? Bearings, motor maintenance, paint, etc.
It would be a project for sure, but it’s your money and time.
Don’t wanna cast serious doubts. For my money, I’d pass.
Bill

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#10 posted 06-04-2015 10:26 PM

If for the glory of the restoration for the right price could be way fun… but it looks like it could still take a lot of cash to get it up to performing like a modern machine IMO

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#11 posted 06-04-2015 10:41 PM

I think you guys are seriously overestimating how much it costs to restore a vintage machine! The only problem I foresee with that one is it’s age – which means it most likely has either poured babbitt or sleeve bearings. If it’s in operational shape and those are in good condition, then it could be put into operation pretty cheap. Taken care of, either type of bearing can last for centuries. If however those need servicing or are damaged, then it becomes a PITA. Fixed up, that would be a beast of a saw. That said, $400 is pretty high for an asking price. Given it’s age and apparent condition, that’s way more than what it’s worth in running condition. Seeing that it’s been sitting out there for almost a month is a hint.

Cheers,
Brad

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#12 posted 06-04-2015 10:46 PM

I have vintage stuff and prefer it. I was only pointing out that $400 is too high. The poured bearings issue is valid.

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#13 posted 06-04-2015 10:57 PM

If you want to deal with the issues of an old machine then add those cost up and offer at least that amount less.
You have to make a guard minum $100 in material ,convert the babbeted bearings $150-$200 ,The blade material looks like a pile of rust. New blade $ 45-$65 .

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#14 posted 06-04-2015 11:45 PM

Try to find replacement guides and tires. Could be a major major blow to any tool budget.

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#15 posted 06-05-2015 01:01 AM

I would say save the 400$ and buy a newer one, they’ve made a lot of advances in bandsaws over the years so I would suggest buying a new or new to you model. just my 3 cents

The only “advances” they have made in newer tools is to produce them cheaper. If you really think they are better tools – bullcrap! Say what you will, the older tools were stouter, better built and dedicated to longer tool life, not another coupla zeroes on the CEO’s salary before he moves on to destroy the next company!

Just my 3 cents worth!

Buy new…

Yeah, buy cheap crap! Scrap all the old well-built tools so we can sell the scrap iron to China and have it return as something that will only fill landfills in a few years!

Gotta love the statements here… guard minum $100 in material Really, I made new guards for my band saw from pallets… New Guards for an Old Bandsaw , buy a Grizzly G0555 ultimate band saw for just a little more. well, that’s a 14” saw, this is a 20” bandsaw… what’s the price on a Grizzly 20” bandsaw? They don’t have one! but the 19” saw is $1475!! Yeah, that’s much cheaper!

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