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Forum topic by Cortland posted 09-15-2009 07:16 PM 8624 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cortland

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09-15-2009 07:16 PM

Recently acquired this vintage 14” Delta band saw for FREE and need advice and counsel on how to go about restoring it—think I’m going to need a lot of help, this poor thing is in rough shape. It appears that all critical parts are there, but I cannot find a model number or decal—possibly painted over.

It’s been abused, neglected, and sloppily repainted a metallic green—I think Deltas have always been grey—the stand feet are badly rusted 6” up, as if it may have been standing in water at one time. Someone messed with all the wiring, even replacing the on/off switch with a common wall switch. Can’t tell if it once had the accessory shroud attached over the exposed belt, but it’s gone now.

The top cover decal is faded, but says “Double-Duty 14” Band Saw, Delta Manufacturing Company, Milwaukee, WIS. The motor—loosely hanging on 3 bolts—is a 1/3 HP, KC Kingston-Conley Electric, and most likely a replacement.
I’m hoping that the solid steel wheels and distinctive ribbed cover design may help someone out there identify it. I was told it was an early 50’s era, but I suspect it may be much earlier than that. Vintage photos at OWWM indicate it might be an early model 890 from the mid-1930s. It’s going to be a long winter

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lobro2

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#1 posted 09-15-2009 07:57 PM

try this link. I think this is your saw. Maybe even a contact to them with a pic will get you on the right track.
Good luck.

http://www.old-woodworking-tools.net/delta-band-saw.html

-- Deacon Tom--Talk to the wood, it won't argue!

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WibblyPig

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#2 posted 09-15-2009 08:34 PM

Where exactly do you live and when’s the next time you’re going to be out of town? I can take that off your hands so you can enjoy your winter…

That’s a beautiful saw – I had one exactly like it but it was a 10” (model 768). We had just had our 2nd child and I didn’t have the time to restore it so I sold it. That was 5 years ago and I still have the bruises from kicking myself.

I believe this is yours right here http://owwm.com/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=5690

The 1933 catalog doesn’t even list a 14” bandsaw but the 10” looks just like yours. It finally pops up in the 1935 catalog http://owwm.com/pubs/1141/2092.pdf page 30.

p.s. I have a very similar X-ray but mines higher up on the index finger and just barely broke the skin on the second finger. 3 surgeries, a week in the hospital, a bone infection, 2 kinds of staph infections and a PIC line in my left arm for 6 weeks.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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Cortland

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 10:16 PM

Yes Steve, I think you nailed it again… (Sorry, I just had to say it).

My Delta appears to be a Model 892 from 1935. Saw and stand were $51.15, motor was $18.95, and the lamp was $1.50. Almost $75 in 1935—good to know that someone in the family once had money. Thanks for the info, and your offer to rob my home.

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WibblyPig

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#4 posted 09-16-2009 12:03 AM

To show you what a stand-up guy I am, I won’t rob your house and I’ll give you the full 75.00 retail price without even deducting anything for depreciation or the green paint job.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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hairy

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#5 posted 09-16-2009 12:54 AM

Try this:
http://wiki.owwm.com/(X(1)S(3lvwcb55bddaggvow1bm45jt))/Default.aspx?Page=DeltaSerialNumbers&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

They didn’t always put model #’s on them. Mine is a 1946 or 47, no model tag, only a serial #. Somewhere I have a phone # for Delta customer service. They will tell you when it was made, by the serial #. Parts should not be a problem.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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marcb

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#6 posted 09-16-2009 03:48 AM

http://www.old-woodworking-tools.net/delta-band-saw.htm

Ick, no never that site.

http://www.owwm.org (forum)
http://www.owwm.com (knowledge base/repository)

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marcb

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#7 posted 09-16-2009 03:52 AM

Oh, Deltas from the 30’s have a more green cast to the paint. Not metallic but much much more green mixed into the gray. Not the standard machinery gray the are now.

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Chris Wright

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#8 posted 09-16-2009 05:25 AM

It doesn’t look to be in to bad shape. Unless the rust is real deep you should be able to use a wire wheel on an angle grinder or drill to clean it off and repaint it.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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MedicKen

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#9 posted 09-16-2009 05:43 AM

It depends on how far you want to go with the restoration. I recently did a Delta 14” and completely stripped it. I used electrolysis to remove the rust and it also removed the paint. If you use that method be careful to not put the pot metal trunnions in the solution, they will dissolve. As has been mentioned in earlier posts www.owwm.com is a great source of info and sometimes parts.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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hairy

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#10 posted 09-16-2009 07:35 AM

Delta customer service : 1-800-223-7278

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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