Delta Milwaukee band saw? quick question please

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Forum topic by haeffnkr posted 1548 days ago 3850 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1548 days ago

Just a quick question.

I have a line on a Delta Milwaukee Band saw to buy it….looks to be in very good shape for the age of this machine.
All the knobs and knurled adjustment pins/shafts, looks like this saw is work of art.

Question is, if this saw is tuned and has decent tires and a blade will it cut just as good as a new or newer saw? say a more recent delta or a any other mid to high end saw?

I can get it for 225

thanks Kevin

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#1 posted 1548 days ago

Kevin it is my opinion that it will not only cut as well but the machine will be of far better quality then you will find in a machine of today’s vintage.

it will have better castings and be more rugged if it of an older vintage

go to old working machines for info on this

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#2 posted 1547 days ago

If this saw is in decent shape and you can pick it for $225, you should jump on it. You will get a lot of bang for your buck.

I have been looking for just such a machine myself!

-- 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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#3 posted 1547 days ago

I would give it a shot too. A lot of those older machines are built better than the new ones. I think you will have a gem.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 1547 days ago

I have on of those, 1940 something vintage. It is pictured in my workshop pics.

They are worth maintaining and using, well built with good materials. One issue with old tools is bushings and bearings. If they are in good shape, it’s a go. They can be purchased and replaced easily enough.

When I look to purchase an old tool, I consider what I can get new for the same kind of price.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#5 posted 1547 days ago

I love mine and use it for everything from dovetails to 13” hardwood resawing (I have a riser block). I have made a lot of upgrades to my saw over the years.

Check it out here:

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 1546 days ago

Thanks for all the replies.
The saw will be delivered Sunday. I will post some pics after that.


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#7 posted 1222 days ago

Does anyone have the manual for the deltamilwalkee band saw? If not, the adjustments under the table-which is which?


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