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06-29-2010 10:36 PM

I have an opportunity to purchase a Powermatic Riser Block kit cheap but I have an old Delta 14” bandsaw. I know most 14” bandsaws are clones of the Delta. My question would be, does anyone know if the Powermatic is close enough to the Delta that with only slight modifications the Powermatic kit would work.


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#1 posted 06-29-2010 11:07 PM

I did not know that powermatic made a saw that could use a riser. Their 14” one doesn’t list it as a feature now and the one I have had for 25 years can’t use one. What model is it?

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 06-29-2010 11:18 PM

I did not know that powermatic made a saw that could use a riser. Their 14” one doesn’t list it as a feature now and the one I have had for 25 years can’t use one. What model is it?

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#3 posted 06-29-2010 11:21 PM

I’ve see articles and postings about using riser blocks from differnt manufacturers on HF and Jet saws … I think this might be a case of ‘ya pays yur money, ya takes yur chances’.

Alex Snodgrass at Carter Products does his demos on a PowerMatic with 12” resaw capacity … ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Oj-b02nAh8 )... looks like it has a riser block installed.

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#4 posted 06-29-2010 11:29 PM

The OLD Delta’s have a hex guide post, now it’s round. I don’t know what year they changed. The one I have is late 1940’s, with a hex post. You can buy aluminum hex stock, I think 7/8”, and make your own. I’m sure you could get aluminum round stock, too.

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#5 posted 06-30-2010 04:40 AM

I think if I can get it cheap enough I’ll try it and report back on the results. I thank you all for the quick replies.

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#6 posted 07-16-2010 11:12 PM

The answer to my question is yes, the Powermatic kit works fine with a Delta band saw with a few easy modifications. First, you have to remove the pins on the block and the saw as they do not line up with the Deltas (Powermatic actually advises doing this on their own saws because of some risers not lining up as they should). The bolts that are used with the kits are large enough that good amount of torque can be applied (I torqued mine to 100 foot pounds) so that there are no worries of movement. The only other things was a small bit of grinding on the right blade guard to clear a set screw and grinding the set screw to match the V profile on the new guide post. The left side blade guard was a direct fit. It took me a total of 30-40 min. for the modifications and installation and saved me over $100. From what I have seen, other than the pins, the other modifications are needed to use the Delta kit with an older style Delta anyway.

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#7 posted 07-16-2010 11:57 PM

I don’t know how cheap you are getting this for, or how much a Delta riser kit for your saw would cost… But it may not be worth it if you have to fit a different guide post etc… to the saw. I know I went out of my way to get a HF riser block kit for my HF saw…

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#8 posted 07-17-2010 02:22 AM

I got this for $25.00. The Delta kit is $150 and has to be ordered. The Delta kit only comes with a round guide post not the hex post of the older Deltas (no kit does). This kit is probably, other than the pins and color, very close if not the same as the Delta.

I have already used it for the cutting of 60 board feet of 8/4, 11 inch wide slabs of now book matched walnut for the drawer fronts and side panels of a large commissioned dresser. I didn’t have time to wait for the Delta kit (it would have taken up to two weeks) as I am backlogged with other orders that I need to get to and the size of this dresser is taking over my shop.

Good for you for finding your HF kit for your HF saw (I have no idea what or who a HF is) but for anyone else who has a 14” band saw that is of the Delta clones (Powermatic, Jet and many others) know that riser kits for one will very likely fit another.

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#9 posted 01-11-2014 03:33 AM

Thinking about doing that to mine, Does everyone that put a riser on a 14” B/S like it?
I always thought it would never be quite right, but that was just a thought.
Amazon has the kit for about $70.00.

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