|Forum topic by Stevedore||posted 10-05-2015 02:12 PM||573 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
10-05-2015 02:12 PM
I have an old (1946) 14” Delta bandsaw that I just made a couple of improvements to. I replaced the tensioning spring with a “Cobra Coil”, and replaced the tensioning knob/shaft with a Big Horn crank. In doing these, I found that the upper hinge piece is becoming deformed (apparently a common problem), causing the upper wheel shaft to be quite loose. The blade still tensions up OK & tracks as it should, but this hinge piece will get worse before it gets better, so I want to replace it.
I see that Mike’s Tools lists one for about $9.00 + shipping, and an Ebay seller has one for $27. And I’ve also heard about an improved version from Iturra.
Does anyone have any firsthand experience with any of these? I guess my question is should I spend the extra $$ on the one from Iturra, or is something equal to the original OK? I’m thinking maybe the improved metal used today might be stronger/better than what was used in 1946, making the original design OK. (Or maybe today’s metals are worse…)
-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ