LumberJocks

Vintage 20" Delta Bandsaw- need LJ help quick (no longer quick)!

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Bertha posted 04-06-2011 10:58 PM 6016 views 0 times favorited 135 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Bertha's profile

Bertha

13003 posts in 2157 days


04-06-2011 10:58 PM

I have the opportunity to purchase this original Delta 20” bandsaw with new blade & original 1hp 1ph 240V motor. For $675, I’m almost certainly going to do it but I want some opinions first. Thanks for any help!!!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog


135 replies so far

View superstretch's profile

superstretch

1530 posts in 2157 days


#1 posted 04-06-2011 11:05 PM

Big bandsaw! Wanna come resaw some slabs for me? Sure? Ok thanks!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

View Crushgroovin's profile

Crushgroovin

234 posts in 2388 days


#2 posted 04-06-2011 11:07 PM

I actually know quite a bit about these Bandsaws. Living in Renton, Wa, The Home of Boeing. Boeing bought and sold hundreds of these machines in the 40’s & 50’s and most of them are still floating around in the area. If you look back in my posts you will see I bought one and sold it without ever moving it for a $400 profit. They are absolutely fantastic machines and worth every bit of $650. That motor is killer and will power that bad boy through anything you throw at it.

I myself am always on the look out for one of these on the cheap and in need of a little TLC. I just missed out on one last month for $250 and in need of major TLC. These are solid machines that will outlast us all if they are taken care of.

In summary BUY IT!!! If that is you have the budget, the room to house it in your shop, and of course the means to transport it. It is a HEAVY SOB. You have seen the deals I have gotten on tools and I would say without a doubt that price for that machine is a Certified Crush of a Deal!

Check out OWWM, they have a ton of them on there. They will also take the same parts as today’s 20” Delta Bandsaws so you are in good shape should you need parts in the future.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13347 posts in 3137 days


#3 posted 04-06-2011 11:18 PM

Buy it and forget our opinions.

View Richard's profile

Richard

1898 posts in 2154 days


#4 posted 04-06-2011 11:34 PM

You haven’t got it yet? Somebody else is on thier way now. GO

View Roger's profile

Roger

19868 posts in 2268 days


#5 posted 04-07-2011 01:40 AM

sounds like you’re stealin it…. great find

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

View Bertha's profile

Bertha

13003 posts in 2157 days


#6 posted 04-07-2011 01:58 AM

Ahhhhhhh, this is exactly the opinions I needed to pitch it to the better half. I salivate just looking at it and the clout that C-groove just provided just might tip the balance. I’m just wondering how on Earth I’m going to move the thing. I’ve got a 1/2 ton truck but I don’t have a Tommy Lift! I’m wondering if it would be manageable if the seller allows me to disassemble it into parts prior to loading. Once I get it home, I won’t care-I’ve got other vehicles to get to work in. I won’t call the seller out but he’s local, a powermatic dude, and seems to be sequentially replacing his (well-cared-for) vintage machines with the latest and greatest from Powermatic. He’s got so many staggering vintage machines (Oliver, Walker, etc.) that it’s painful. I almost fell off my stool when I saw the photo. He offered me a vintage mortiser that was in similar shape & I almost fainted, having just pitched a benchtop JET to the better half. Wish me luck, my friends. Any advice about moving this badboy about will be met with great admiration. I’ll keep you posted!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

View Bertha's profile

Bertha

13003 posts in 2157 days


#7 posted 04-07-2011 01:59 AM

And stretch, if I get this machine, take a trip to WV & we’ll resaw the day away (you sweep up the dust). :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

View Bertha's profile

Bertha

13003 posts in 2157 days


#8 posted 04-07-2011 02:03 AM

Sorry about the triple posting, I’m pretty pumped. To Crush, I’ll make dam* room in the shop for it but the transport has got me a bit worried. I’ve heard vintage bandsaws are the most unmanageable of all tool to maneuver. If I pop the motor out (assuming the seller will let me squat on his property), tear out the wheels, the base, do you think I can manage it without superhuman strength (which I have, incidentally, but that’s another tale for another day). Is is mortally possible?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

View Crushgroovin's profile

Crushgroovin

234 posts in 2388 days


#9 posted 04-07-2011 02:15 AM

It all depends on how many miles away it is but I would look at either renting a UHaul or hiring a Mover off of CL. I think if it were me, it’s such a bargain why not spend $50-$75 to get it moved safely & easily. I have had all my stuff delivered by an out of work delivery deiver. I feel great helping him & his family out & my back LOVES me for not doing anything stupid.

I say this as someone who has not only done a bunch of stupid crap myself, but also grew up watching my dad do even more stupid crap! So basically that is almost 40 years of watching the idiotic crap a “Do It Yourselfer” can do. If it weren’t for my bad hips, Back, & hands I still wouldn’t have learned my lesson. I dislocated 3 ribs this past February while loading a Shopsmith in my van. While I was out of commission for almost a month I realized I should leave the hauling & loading to those with the tools & experience to do it!

Now you are likely much more fit to move stuff than I. So if you are set on moving it yourself canterleaver it onto its back directly into the bed. Make a frame & attach it to the back of the saw. Set it right up to the tail gate & tip back & list up. Obviously much easier with a hoist.

Regardless of what you decide to do take off the table, guides, & tensioning assembly if you can.

Congrats on the Stea..errr..Deal!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

View Bertha's profile

Bertha

13003 posts in 2157 days


#10 posted 04-07-2011 02:26 AM

CGroove, this is incredibly helpful. And may actually save my life (see below). I can ask around at work & I’m sure someone in this hillbilly town knows someone with some moving ability. Heck, the seller might even have a fork. I can relate to stupid crap, you have no idea. I bought a vintage saw, got help loading it into the truck, figured I could slide it down the ramp myself…tip…..loud bang….saw no more (Note: quite different than the “SawStop” you hear about). Put in a heavy TS extension, playing with the router…uh oh…tip…crushed me. These are examples in the last few months! I could go on for days. I hope I have great stories to tell about it sitting comfortably in my shop. Nothing like a massive vintage tool, except the moving of it. Thanks CG.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

View Crushgroovin's profile

Crushgroovin

234 posts in 2388 days


#11 posted 04-07-2011 02:31 AM

If you don’t find a someone check Craigslist in your area for Movers or Delivery drivers. In this ecenomy they are looking to make extra cash just like the rest of us. I found about 10 of them & got to choose based on their responses and proof of insurance & bonding.

Super glad my experience is of assistance. Goodness knows I have gotten my share from fellow Jocks & Jockettes!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

View blackcherry's profile

blackcherry

3313 posts in 3287 days


#12 posted 04-07-2011 04:06 AM

Wow that a killer saw , the move will be tricky but well worth every oz. of sweet and toll…You are a real hound dog when it comes to finding vintage tools and this one may be the cream of the crop. My mid school shop had a six of this same model and to this date I’ve never even came close to see one compare, solid vibration free and cuts like butter. Can you feel my excitement, my advise is to find a mover and don’t let this one pass you by sign Mr. Drool you luck dog!

View Loren's profile

Loren

8303 posts in 3112 days


#13 posted 04-07-2011 05:28 AM

I have that same model saw. Great saw. Lacks modern amenities
though. At that price, it’s an investment you won’t regret.

I’ll post pics of my wheel system for moving it around. It’s heavy
as heck but sometimes it needs moving.

The saw can be moved on one side safely. It’s not too hard. Sheet steel
bandsaws are tougher than cast iron ones. You can move it upright
as well with a trailer, but I moved mine in a van with no problems.

I’m crazy and can move machines this size without help, but you should
have a strong helper unless you are young, fit and stupid like me.
I use a sheet of 3/4 ply or something similar as a ramp. Detension
and remove the blade, then remove the table. You may want
to take off the trunnion too. Lay the ply down with one end on the
back of the truck and one on the ground. A six foot long piece is
about right. Tip the saw carefully onto its side on the plywood, then
lift up the end and slide the board with the saw on it into the vehicle.

I don’t recommend removing the wheels. You can remove the back
door or just the door knob and it will slide pretty smooth. The cabinet
is heavier than the top half so tipping it onto its back is a predictable
operation.

If your brake system is intact I’d like to see close-up pictures. Mine
had the brake shoe removed and I’ve never looked at one that had
an intact brake. I haven’t searched much though.

View rustfever's profile

rustfever

716 posts in 2774 days


#14 posted 04-07-2011 05:57 AM

Rent a fork lift. Save the machine, your back, fingers, and time.

Great Find!

-- Rustfever, Central California

View superstretch's profile

superstretch

1530 posts in 2157 days


#15 posted 04-07-2011 06:06 AM

Do you guys even bother to set your purses down when you leave these comments? Bertha- you can solo it, I believe in you! I just got through loading a 6” jet jointer into my dads truck a few weeks ago and then double teamed a 350 lb table saw last weekend with my bro. Tim Allen grunt

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

showing 1 through 15 of 135 replies

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