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Bonvivant1

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03-20-2017 04:22 PM

Hello all,

I just bought this bad boy on Saturday. By the serial number it appears to be a 1946 14” Delta Milwaukee band saw with a riser. I paid $100.00 for it. Do you think it was a good deal? It has few problems. The upper and lower guide bearings are frozen. It also needs to be cleaned up. Everything else seems to be ok. The rubber wheels are not too bad. The tension system seems to work. It is not cracked anywhere. The table works fine.

I have a couple of questions. I want to do scroll work with a narrow blade. Should I replace the guides with carter guides and use the carter blade stabilizer? Or would it be better to just fix the bearings and put new blocks in? Does anyone know offhand the model number on the guide bearings? Also, is there a benefit to buying the cool run blocks?

Does it have the original motor? The current motor is a K&C motor. I thought those were mostly grinder motors. Is there any value in upgrading to a 1 1/4 or 2 hp motor?

Finally, what is the best method for cleaning this beast up. I am going to blow away the saw dust and then apply a degreaser. Is there a better way? Is there anything I should avoid?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

-- You took your first pinch like a man and you learned the two greatest things in life...Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.--Jimmy Conway


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 03-20-2017 04:34 PM

Thrust bearings are 6200-ZZ. Motor is not original. Manual suggests a 1/2hp motor for that saw with a riser. That one looks like 3/4? which should be fine. The original HSS guide blocks are best, and cool blocks are a waste of money IMO. At the very least, I would replace the upper and lower wheel and motor bearings, check the belt and replace if needed, and if the tires are cracked, put on new ones.

As for clean up – that is up to you. I took mine apart, media blasted and wire brushed everything, and then repainted.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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Bonvivant1

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 04:48 PM

Thanks Brad! Your response was very helpful.

Where can I purchase the HSS guide blocks?

Also, what do you think about upgrading to carter so i can do the scrolling?

-- You took your first pinch like a man and you learned the two greatest things in life...Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.--Jimmy Conway

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ClayandNancy

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 04:58 PM

I inherited one of these from my father, still runs like a top. It gets used at least once a week.

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mememe1

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 05:11 PM

If you want to make sharp turns you should use a Carter Stabilizer. I use one almost every day.Call Kim at carter she is the best at finding the right one that will fit your saw if the make one for that saw
In colorado

Paul

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Bonvivant1

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 05:13 PM

I sent an email to Carter to see if they make one for this saw. I am waiting for the response.

-- You took your first pinch like a man and you learned the two greatest things in life...Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.--Jimmy Conway

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 05:36 PM

Guide blocks can be found at places like sawcenter. The standard carter stabilizer was IIRC originally designed for the Delta (which is the original and all the clones are copied from), so I’m pretty sure it will work just fine. Keep in mind that if you are only going to use the stabilizer, you don’t need any guide blocks or thrust bearings – they are not needed with the stabilizer.

To see one in action, watch the obligatory band saw tune up video:
Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

Edit: Looking at your pictures, you apparently already have HSS guide blocks installed… why do you think you need new ones?

Cheers,
Brad

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

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bonesbr549

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#7 posted 03-20-2017 06:08 PM

I got a much older one, and the carter stablizer works fine.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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dhazelton

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#8 posted 03-20-2017 06:19 PM

“I paid $100.00 for it. Do you think it was a good deal?”

No. For you yes, but the seller probably could have gotten twice that in my opinion. Enjoy fixing it up or using it as is.

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Bonvivant1

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 07:53 PM



I got a much older one, and the carter stablizer works fine.

- bonesbr549

Are you able to do the scroll work that Carter claims you can do with the device? I really need it to do carving cuttouts and such.

-- You took your first pinch like a man and you learned the two greatest things in life...Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.--Jimmy Conway

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Bonvivant1

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#10 posted 03-22-2017 07:20 PM

I am going to get the carter stabilizer. I have researched it and I really think it is the best thing for what I am trying to do.

Another quick question. I am going to be cutting patterns out of 1 1/2-2” basswood for carving. What width band saw blade do you think I need. I was thinking 1/4”. However, do you think the smaller blades will help more with the tight radius that I need to cut?

-- You took your first pinch like a man and you learned the two greatest things in life...Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.--Jimmy Conway

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