LumberJocks

New-to-me vintage (Delta 768) score....help!!!!!

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Jmacmadcap posted 02-05-2017 01:20 AM 675 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Jmacmadcap's profile

Jmacmadcap

14 posts in 834 days


02-05-2017 01:20 AM

I just scored this Delta 768 band saw for….Well…. Decorum prohibits me for gloating how low I picked this up, but I digress…..

I need some help though, are there any owners of this model on board here? It’s a pretty rare bird. Made between 1937 and 1941 iirc. It takes a 74” blade.

The saw “may” get a full on restoration, or I may just rehab it to useable condition. It’s pretty useable now. New thrust bearings, tires,cool blocks and blades are all that is really required I think.

I’m just wondering if any 768 owners could tell me what parts they replaced on theirs, and where you got the parts.

I was looking at Timberwolves blades since they will make blades for this semi weird blade size.

Any nugget of wisdom from fellow ‘arn owners?

Thanks guys.

-- Banned from the creek......


4 replies so far

View MrUnix's profile (online now)

MrUnix

5986 posts in 2034 days


#1 posted 02-05-2017 01:40 AM

Nice find, but not really all that rare compared to others of that vintage :)

If it has the original HSS metal guide blocks, leave them alone. Cool blocks and carter type guides are a wast of money. There is a bunch of owners and lots of information about them over at the OWWM site… and you can find the instruction and parts manual over at the VintageMachinery site (like here). You can also date it using the serial number if you have it.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

View Jmacmadcap's profile

Jmacmadcap

14 posts in 834 days


#2 posted 02-05-2017 01:45 AM

Brad,

This has the old carbonish fiberish coolish blocksish in the guides. I’m looking to replace those.no Carter set up or what have you. Trying to upgrade, yes. But also trying to keep stuff simple and somewhat stock.

Good call on OWWM etc. Been over there a while.

I’m more looking for good sources for replacing the “consumables” on this machine…..Any one else?

-- Banned from the creek......

View toolie's profile

toolie

2094 posts in 2463 days


#3 posted 02-05-2017 02:33 PM

Skip the Twolf blades. Get a Lenox from Iturra design. Lou Iturra has probably forgotten more about your bandsaw than most of the other experts will ever know. He has a wealth of knowledge where old delta and jet BSs are concerned. He’s a bit more expensive, but his advice is more than worth the premium.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

View IMChiz's profile

IMChiz

1 post in 157 days


#4 posted 07-08-2017 02:22 PM

Great score in the 768! I would definitely fully restore it, because it is rare. From what I can tell you from your picture the table is not original: That table is from a 14” Delta BS. Some replaced the smaller original table because it did not have a miter slot. Many of the parts on this are the same as the 14” BS so you should not have too much of a problem keeping this going. It is also missing the “Retirement light”, but those can also be found: they are expensive, with patience you should be able to get one fairly reasonable. New tires are a must, unless they have been changed out recently. You can find a used OEM pulley/belt cover if you want a safer machine.

I was able to pick a fully intact 768 for less than a song and I am in the process of restoring it.
I got Lenox blades for mine. All of the “consumables” (bearing, blocks etc) are readily available.
I am replacing all the bearing during my restore.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com