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Forum topic by Kirk posted 11-12-2016 03:02 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kirk

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11-12-2016 03:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw bracket resawing

Greetings,

Almost all 14” bandsaws that this bracket that alignment the blade to the center of the upper wheel.

Well I use 3/4” blades for a lot of resawing. Over the years I have bent that bracket and cracked it to the point I couldn’t keep the blade running true.

I’ve searched the NET for replacement but found most sites that part of obsolete and or “out of stock”. I did find one that had two pins that were pressed in. It is working now, but I don’t expect it to last.

So I took the old part to my local machine shop and had them machine a new one our of steel. $80 later I have a much stronger one that will hold up to the stress of bigger blades. I know this is twice the cost of a aluminum part, but I don’t think you could find anything better. By the way, this steel one uses the existing pin and axle.

W. Kirk Crawford
Tularosa, New Mexico

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico


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distrbd

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#1 posted 11-12-2016 04:58 PM

I hope it works out for you,it would be great if you post a picture of the steel bracket.
I’m sure you are aware that 3/4” is really pushing it with a 14” bandsaw but you have been doing it for years and the only issue seems to be a cracked bracket. I also made the pivoting wheel shaft hinge out of 1/2” steel (the triangle part) ,worked very well, the high tension spring was also changed at the same time.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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PeteStaehling

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#2 posted 11-12-2016 06:11 PM

The Saw Center sold me a replacement part for the same failure on my Delta 14: saw.
http://www.sawcenter.com/bandsaw_parts.htm

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AHuxley

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#3 posted 11-12-2016 07:13 PM

Ittura sells them and a beefed up version for the Delta, he was going to make one for the import clones, not sure if he ever did.

It indeed is the weak link on the Delta and all the cast saws but keep in mind that saw was designed 80 years ago primarily for 1/4” blades, they actually got built stronger over the years but for the last roughly 20 years all of them seem to have been built weaker. The saws are/were great for their intended use but due to the low cost to manufacture them (compared to the 14” Walker Turner and Powermatics of the past) “we” tend to push them way outside their comfort zone.

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