|Forum topic by Spelcher||posted 06-01-2016 03:00 PM||1201 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
06-01-2016 03:00 PM
I have suddenly found myself with two Delta 14” American-made bandsaws, a late 1990s version, and a 1954 version, both with open steel bases. The 90s (I think around 1999 or so) is wood only, and the 1954 one is wood/metal. I don’t think I would cut much, if any, metal on it.
I picked up the 1950s one on a whim yesterday, and am trying to decide which one to keep… I originally bought the old one yesterday for the more compact open steel base as I was about to build a more compact base for the newer saw. But I like the idea of older tools.
I’ve had the 1990s one for a couple months and almost have it tuned (about to order tires, spinner etc. from Iturra, installed a new spring, got wheels aligned). It is in fairly immaculate condition except that the spring had never been untensioned. I also added a Grizzly riser kit to it, and put a 1.5hp motor on the saw.
The 1954 model is definitely in rougher condition, but looks like it will clean up nicely. I noticed the wood (not gearbox driving) pulley and motor pulley are much bigger than those on the 1990s saw. The big pulley on the bottom wheel shaft is quite warped and will need replacing. The motor pulley is a single pulley, so I think it has been replaced. To set it up for the gearbox drive, I think I would need to source the stacked motor pulley. The saw has no pulley cover and it’s missing the table pin (that goes in the blade removal slot). The gearbox probably hasn’t had the oil changed for 50 years.
Can anyone enlighten me of any potential advantages/disadvantages to keeping either one. So far I have:
Keep old saw
Keep newer saw but put it on old stand
I only have a couple crappy pics of the old saw, I’ll try to get to the shop in the next couple days to put up better ones:
and crappy pics of the 90’s saw: