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VitaminP

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02-20-2018 10:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw delta

I’m new here so please excuse me if this is in the wrong place. I’ve had a 14” Delta band saw that I got from a friend that was moving out of town and couldn’t take it. I’m just curious as to how old it is. I’ve sort of narrowed it down. I think it’s from between 1939 and 1942. It was manufactured in Milwaukee, WI and the serial number plate is type 2b. It’s steel and only has the serial number on it. I have a couple pics that I will post if I can figure it out. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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#1 posted 02-20-2018 10:36 PM

Best you are going to get is that it’s pre-1941. The wood only machine would be a model 890, and the wood/metal version, introduced in 1940, would make it a model 880.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 02-20-2018 10:42 PM

Thanks Brad. I think that’s good enough for me. So either ‘39 or ‘40? It has a newish 1hp motor and a new light. I have a bunch of blades for but they’re not in great shape. Will modern blades work for it?

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#3 posted 02-20-2018 10:47 PM

It’s absolutely junk man. Not worth having. Just gimme an address and I’ll take it off your hands…..you know….to get it out of your way and stuff. It’s a favor I swear.

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 10:54 PM

I got it for $50. Just curious how much these things go for? If it would be worth restoring back to original or just keep it as is.

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#5 posted 02-20-2018 10:55 PM

The Delta 14” Bandsaw remained basically unchanged since they were introduced. Only a few trivial changes over the years, like hinged wheel covers, more plastic, thinner metal, motor placement and sometime in the 70’s they switched from an 8” lower wheel pulley to a 6” one. Any blade for a 14” saw will work just fine – 92” to 93” give or take. They claim they can run up to 3/4” but 1/2” wide is really about it’s limit.

How much it’s worth depends on who you ask and how bad they want one. I have bought two, both for $85 each. The last one I bought was basically an all original and complete 1949ish machine.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 02-21-2018 12:51 AM

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