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Forum topic by bobasaurus posted 06-23-2011 12:30 AM 2483 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2011 12:30 AM

I picked up this old Delta / Milwaukee 14” band saw off craigslist for $100. There is pretty much no rust, and only some dirt and grime to clean off. It is tremendously heavy, with good cast iron parts. Aside from a missing belt, all the parts seem to be there. Since the lower tire is in poor shape and it has metal guide blocks, I ordered some urethane tires, cool blocks, and a v link belt to begin the restoration. I’ll start cleaning all the parts while waiting for the order to arrive. There’s an old 1/2” blade that came on the saw, and they threw in an unused starrett 14 tpi 1/2” blade. I may have to order a few more blades, and possibly a resaw fence if everything works well. I haven’t decided on getting a riser block kit for it yet.

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#1 posted 06-23-2011 12:33 AM

Nice Score.

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#2 posted 06-23-2011 01:40 AM


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#3 posted 06-23-2011 01:53 AM

Nice score. It appears of late 60’s vintage. While you are at it you should probably check the bearings on the lower shaft and upper wheel. IIRC there are a couple of snap rings that retain the bearings. These saws are notorious for having those bearings go bad and for the set screw in the pulley to loosen and gall the shaft. The upper bearings are located in the wheel and most easily accessed by removing the wheel . There are 2 bearings on both the upper and lower wheels. Take note of how they are oriented in the wheel. They should have an extended inner race and will be replaced the same way. While you are into bearings you might as well replace the motor bearings as well. The Companion motor is most likely late 50’s and will be dry. The bearing cost will be about $25-30 for ALL of them. Replace all of them with sealed bearings and you will be able to forget about them for another 25 years. The pulley on the motor is not original to the saw, nor is the motor. I would not use a link belt unless you like vibration and slippage.

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#4 posted 06-23-2011 01:58 AM

MedicKen, excellent advice on the bearings and oiling. I’ve done some bearing replacements before, so it shouldn’t be too bad. Are there custom bearings for delta band saws, or should I just measure OD, ID, height, etc and order from a general supplier like mcmaster?

I’m not sure what to do with the link belt… reviewers claimed it reduced vibration on their various machines (including band saws). I could return it (or use it on my lathe or something) and get a normal belt instead if it doesn’t work.

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#5 posted 06-23-2011 02:20 AM

You can try the belt and see how it performs. I has been my experience they cause a lot of vibration.

Here is a list for your bearings for the saw. The motor will have be disassembled to find them.

Bearings can obtained from Accurate bearing in Illinois. WWW.ACCURATEBEARING.COM. If you call, ask for Lynne. She will hook you up. Mention OWWM, it will get you in the door!!

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#6 posted 06-23-2011 02:24 AM

I have the same saw from the forties. Runs smooth and cuts great. Was thinking about adding a riser for resawing, don’t know if that’s a good idea or not. Enjoy the saw.

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#7 posted 06-23-2011 05:34 AM

Nice. Really nice. I’m into old machines myself and don’t mind doing what I have to do to restore them. They’re just built better. And that price was a steal.

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