Acquired: Delta bandsaw but its missing a few things

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Forum topic by OnTheFence posted 05-11-2016 06:08 PM 593 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2016 06:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw motor

Hello all, thanks for any advice you can offer me!
I was graciously given a Delta band saw model 28-254 “Platinum Edition” from a family friend who was recently widowed. It was in the original box with the New Yankee Workshop sticker still on it! I got it home and opened the box to find the Band saw, rolling base, fence, and a pulley with a belt and belt cover, but no motor, switch or saw stand. I’m wondering if I should:
A.) attempt to find the original Delta motor, switch and stand or similar model
B.) build my own stand and source a similar motor and switch.
C.) Sell what I have and save my money for a complete bandsaw in the future

I’d really like to try option “B” if its not too expensive (I am on a tight budget). Any advice is appreciated.

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#1 posted 05-11-2016 06:38 PM

I would keep it, those are great saws, you would not get much for it in it’s present condition. A base could be easily made. I would start scrounging ebay for the other missing parts. Look for a new switch from

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#2 posted 05-11-2016 07:29 PM

Maybe the missing stuff is in another box at your widowed family member residence? I would start there.

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#3 posted 05-11-2016 08:57 PM

Back in the day, you could purchase just the saw and supply your own stand and motor… the one you have probably had them at one point though, but it’s certainly not that big of a deal. You can make your own stand easily, and mag switches are about $10… which leaves the motor. Lots of options there… you can get a new one, re-purpose one you already have, or find a nice used one. To make thing easier, measure the bore on the motor pulley you have now and look for a 1725 rpm motor with the same size shaft and/or keyway. It also needs to rotate the same direction, or be reversable, so keep that in mind as well. Trying to find an OEM motor might be a bit more difficult, but if you just want to get the machine working, you have lots of sources to choose from.


PS: That saw is the original 14” cast iron band saw of which pretty much all others are cloned from. It’s a keeper.

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