14" Delta Saw Tune Up

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Forum topic by mmax posted 11-13-2009 08:31 PM 1373 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2009 08:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw refurbishing tip

Thanks to Bothus for inspiring me to take a look at my 14” Delta Band Saw. I have never been real happy with the saw so it was getting minimal use in my shop. After doing some research on the topic I decided to purchase some ceramic guide blocks which Rockler had on sale and at the same time picked up a couple of Olson blades. To start with I found that the top bearing behind the blade was stuck. After r removing it and a good cleaning and lube I got it rolling like a new one. When I went to put the lower blocks in I found the lower adjust for the blocks was stuck and would not move so that got a thorough cleaning and lube. Next it was on to the rubber tires on the wheels which were full of dirt.
All done and said this saw could now be my favorite tool. I cut some 1 ½” hard maple and it was like cutting butter. Blade tracked true with no drift and I nice clean cut. Maintenance will be done on a regular basis in the future.

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#1 posted 11-13-2009 08:49 PM

I was having trouble with my Craftsman, and discovered the bearings behind the blade (both top and bottom) were frozen up. Rather than fool around trying to order parts from Sears (that’s a subject for another post!), I went to a local bearing distributor and bought high quality replacements for under $2 apiece. I replaced all six of my guide bearings … made a world of difference … cuts straighter and no longer screams like a banshee.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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