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10-15-2017 07:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw band saw delta 14

I’m trying to identify the model number for my Delta 14” band saw (S/N AU-859, made in Tupelo, MS in 1953). It’s the old style with the hollow casting over arm and the hex shaft for the upper blade guides. I think it could be an 890, 28-205, or 28-207, or something else. If any one has a clue, please let me know.

This saw was new to me in 1974 or 1974. I bought it as a box of loose parts for $35 (no motor, no stand, no blades, bearings were shot, etc.). I drove all the bearings out and pressed new ones in with a hammer and carefully chosen piece of wood. Then I cleaned everything up and bolted it all back together. Its been a great saw for the last 40+ years.


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#1 posted 10-15-2017 01:04 PM

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#2 posted 10-15-2017 01:16 PM

Thanks for the reply. I have been at that site. I already have the serial number from the back of the band saw. The Vintage Machinery website will give me the place and date of manufacture. I am trying to determine the model number. This is proving to be somewhat more difficult.
Thanks again for your response.

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#3 posted 10-15-2017 02:47 PM

In 1953, Delta made two models – a wood only model (single speed) and a wood/metal model (multiple speed). Which one you got? If you have the single speed machine, it’s technically a catalog #890, which is the machine only. Throw in an open leg stand, it gets called catalog #28-207. Put it on a solid cast iron base, it’s a 28-205. No matter which number you call it, they are all the same. Ditto for the wood/metal version… machine is a catalog #880, 28-305 or 28-307 depending on the stand.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: None came with a motor or switch – those were sold as options and had to be ordered separately. It wasn’t until much later in Deltas history that they started offering the ‘all inclusive’ model numbers that included everything, making the model numbers even more confusing.

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#4 posted 10-15-2017 04:32 PM

Brad,
Thanks. That is exactly the information I was looking for.
Does there happen to be a web site for this?
Thanks again,
Mark

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#5 posted 10-15-2017 04:48 PM

Here is the 1953 Delta catalog:
Delta Milwaukee Industrial Machine Tools, Catalog AB-53

Other publications and manuals can be found at the vintagemachinery site.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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