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Forum topic by bobasaurus posted 07-17-2011 06:28 AM 6220 views 5 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bobasaurus

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07-17-2011 06:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw band saw old restore restoration

(moved from projects post)

I bought this old Delta bandsaw off craigslist and spent about a month restoring it. It had a missing belt, broken trunnion, cracked pulley, crumbling tires, old seized-up bearings, warped blade guard, and lots of dirt/grime/corrosion (many of these issues I didn’t find until after the purchase, of course). I tore everything apart and cleaned up all the hardware with a wire wheel, 409 / alcohol, T9 spray oil, and paste wax (though I just cleaned/waxed the painted sections, since repainting everything seemed a little much). I fixed up the cast iron table by scraping off some rust with a razor blade, scouring with a scotch-brite pad and WD-40, wet-sanding, cleaning, then the same oil/wax combo. After combing the web for parts, I ordered and installed a new trunnion (amazing the new Delta trunnions still fit these ancient saws), pulley, urethane tires, link belt, bearings (thrust and both wheels; 6 total), cool blocks, zero clearance inserts, various bolts/screws/washers/nuts, and several new blades. I also just ordered a riser block kit, since Amazon had a price drop too good to pass up. I’ll wait on installing it until my current blades get dull, then order some 105” replacements. I remade the blade guard out of a spalted maple scrap piece, and cut the mobile base stretchers out of some white oak. The motor’s wiring was in poor shape, so I redid it with a computer power cable and some heavy gauge hookup wire running to a light switch (someday I’ll replace it with a proper tool switch). The saw now runs smoothly and cuts wood like butter. I have a blank gluing up right now to try making a simple bandsaw box. More pics:

-- Allen, Colorado


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saddletramp

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#1 posted 07-17-2011 02:25 PM

New life for an old workhorse. Good on ya!!! Well done.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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bobasaurus

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#2 posted 07-17-2011 05:07 PM

Jonathan, I left the blade guard raw wood since the spalted maple looks pretty slick (I even put a few coats of tung oil on it to make it pretty). I’ll try to get a better picture of it later.

-- Allen, Colorado

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RibsBrisket4me

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#3 posted 07-17-2011 07:21 PM

Classic piece of iron!!! I’m sure you will enjoy it for years!

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popeye99

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 06:48 AM

found a bandsaw that looks a lot like bobasaurus but not quite. it is a DELTA. JUST GOT IT TODAY,THIS ONE BOLTS TO THE FLOOR,TABLE IS MISSING,BELT IS MISSING. EVEN HAD THE OLD BLADE ON IT. DON’T KNOW WHAT I HAVE YET BUT ALL THE WHEELS ARE THERE, MOTOR RUNS GREAT, ORIGINAL OFF,ON SWITCH.IT HAS DELTA EMBOSED ON THE BACK . HAVEN’T FOUND ANY NUMBERS YET. IT IS FILTHY. TIME ,PATIENCE AND ELBOW GREASE WILL MAKE IT LOOK BETTER. WILL POST A PIC. AFTER CLEANUP. MAYBE SOMEONE CAN TELL ME HOW OLD IT IS.

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bobasaurus

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 07:17 AM

Have fun working on it, popeye. I can help you with part numbers for bearings, etc, if you need it.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Flyin636

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 10:52 AM

Very nice ours is a ‘47,unrestored and just keeps cuttin away.

Its funny…...I made a very nice 11g metal belt cvr. even painted/buffed it out…...then just set it on lower,base unit.Never got around to actually bolting it on…......been a year or so.Its still just sitting on the saw,unbolted….as a testament to how smooth the ‘ole Delta is.Am sure you’ll find that saw a pleasure to use.Flyin

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popeye99

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#7 posted 09-03-2011 01:40 PM

WOULD FINDING A TABLE FOR THIS SAW BE POSSIBLE OR WOULD I HAVE MORE LUCK RAISING THE TITANTIC WITH A PAIR OF TWEEZERS? WOULD IT HAVE A SERIAL OR MODEL # ON IT OR DID THEY PUT THOSE ON BACK THEN? I’M STILL DIGGING IN THE JUNK PILE WHERE I GOT THE SAW. THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND OFFERS FOR HELP.

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pariswoodworking

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#8 posted 09-03-2011 02:39 PM

It turned out great. Maybe one of these days I will find a good old workhorse to restore too.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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Camero68

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#9 posted 07-11-2012 08:29 PM

Exquisite band saw boxes will surely be the outcome of this classic machine.

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Heisbert

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#10 posted 07-13-2012 04:31 PM

Your one month restoration process didn’t go to waste! Nice saw. I’m just wondering where did you buy replacement band saw parts?

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bobasaurus

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#11 posted 07-13-2012 04:42 PM

Heisbert, the replacement parts came from lots of different sources. I bought the bearings from an online store that sells only bearings. The tires, guide blocks, and link belt came from Amazon. The zero-clearance insert came from Rockler, I think. The pulley also came from Amazon, though I found the exact same one later in my local hardware store. The trunnion came from ebay… turns out the new trunnions delta makes are identical to the old. I ordered the blades from Rockler as well, I think.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Bertha

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#12 posted 07-13-2012 04:44 PM

Oooooh Yeeeeaaaah, baby! Gotta love some old grey battleships. I’ve got the 20” and the guts look so familiar. There’s a Carter swap for it, you know;)

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

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Heisbert

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#13 posted 07-13-2012 04:51 PM

How much did it cost you everything on parts? Got any discounts on them?

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bobasaurus

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#14 posted 07-13-2012 05:40 PM

After buying these replacement parts, I ended up paying almost enough for a brand new bandsaw. Oh well, I still like this thing.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Bertha

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#15 posted 07-13-2012 05:45 PM

True, Bob, but they you’d just be left with a new bandsaw. You can have that with a credit card swipe any day you choose. Bringing back a battleship is priceless. You’ll smile when you look at it 20 years from now. I bet that wouldn’t be the case with a Laguna. No offense, Laguna. You’re just the first brand I though of;)

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

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