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Forum topic by 10Feettall posted 04-02-2010 02:17 PM 2510 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10Feettall

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04-02-2010 02:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig bandsaw scroll saw

I’ve been looking to pick up a band saw for light woodworking. In my search, I’ve found a Delta 40-440 that I might be able to pick up dirt cheap. Will a 40-440 handle 2×4s?l

I know – some will recommend to get both a band saw and a scroll saw – but for a small shop and a smaller budget, it seems like the 40-440 is beefy enough to handle my needs for awhile.

Anyone have experience with this saw?

-- Eagan, MN


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#1 posted 04-19-2010 05:14 PM

I just finished rebuilding one (see my page) but I haven’t used it much yet. I got it more for the experience of rebuilding it because I have not really needed one in the shop. In any event, the saw can handle 2×4’s with no issue. As a matter of fact, these saws can be fitted with a different set of (Delta) guides and then you can mount a jig saw blade (in bottom jaw only). That would be plenty aggressive.

IMHO, the MOST versatile saw for a small shop is a radial arm saw. A decent saw used properly will make all the cuts with good results. Of course there are many that would be horrified at the prospect of using a RAS but the issues with the design are nothing that common sense won’t prevent. The “hazards” are similar to using a table saw without a guard (as most do).

What are you planning to do with it?

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 05:17 AM

I missed the jigsaw on the auction, but I did pick up a 50 year old band saw – so I’m off to get that up and running with new tires and a custom-ordered 78” blade.

-- Eagan, MN

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#3 posted 07-07-2017 03:45 PM

Tim:

I just bought a 1950’s 40-440 and failed at installing a blade (it had none). I also think I may have dropped/lost a part in trying this. Could I call you or ask you to call me to discuss the parts, or could we e-mail to figure out what I have done?

I loosened the two screws in the square upper blade holder sleeve (one is a thumb screw and the other is a slotted screw) and now there is only one “square part” (flat on oneside and champfered on the other with a threaded hole in the middle) left on the table.

My son was helping me and he tried to install a blade with pins but I believe this machine uses flat blades; is that correct?

Is this something you or others might be able to help on?

Many thanks in advance.

Kit

-- Kit

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 07-07-2017 05:28 PM


Tim:

I just bought a 1950 s 40-440 and failed at installing a blade (it had none). I also think I may have dropped/lost a part in trying this. Could I call you or ask you to call me to discuss the parts, or could we e-mail to figure out what I have done?
- Corasco

Given that this thread is about 7 years old, and Tim hasn’t posted since 2011, I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting on a response from him :)

In the mean time though, you could always consult the manual(s)... try looking over at the VintageMachinery site where there is lots of documentation, such as this instruction manual: No. 40-306 & No. 40-440 Delta/Rockwell 24-inch Scroll Saw

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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