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Forum topic by julianf posted 11-08-2018 04:52 PM 211 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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julianf

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11-08-2018 04:52 PM

Hello,

This is my first post here. Someone on one of the UK forums suggested that id do better looking for information on this site, given that the saw in question is American made….

So, i have been offered this -

(and these are my only photos)

I am probably going to purchase it, but i am aware that the belt guard is missing. The table is not shown in the photos, but the seller has that part.

Now part of my appeal for this tool is the styling. I realise that it would be simple enough to weld up a sheet belt guard, but that is not what i want to do.

I think i probably have two options -

a) to buy a guard from a breaker in the states, pay crazy shipping, and import taxes, etc.

or

b) to possibly re-cast one from aluminium

Option a) is going to be easier, but i dont know how common the guards are with breakers there. Option b) would require me to make a pattern from data, as i think it unlikley that i would find someone local to me to lend me a guard to use as a direct pattern (sand casting)

But, to start with, i need to ID the saw!

I think its the 14” version, but im wondering if the guards are even different on the 14 and 16 anyway?

From my brief reading, it seems that this saw is worth “bothering” with – as in, when restored, it would be a nice saw to own?

Im more of a metal worker than a woodworker, but i do have a like of old cast iron tools, and that art deco styling is superb.

Anyway, thank you in advance!
Julian


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shampeon

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#1 posted 11-08-2018 04:58 PM

Get thee to owwm.org. The forums there, and the BYOD classifieds forum, is going to be your friend. Also check out the manuals and pictures on vintagemachinery.org to help identify the saw.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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AlaskaGuy

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#2 posted 11-08-2018 05:23 PM

I know this is not what you want but I’m posting it any way. Mine is a 16 inch single pulley, no gears.

I made a belt guard from wood and sheet metal. Not original but works as good as the original.

Also made the blade guard.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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julianf

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#3 posted 11-08-2018 06:17 PM



Get thee to owwm.org. The forums there, and the BYOD classifieds forum, is going to be your friend. Also check out the manuals and pictures on vintagemachinery.org to help identify the saw.

- shampeon

Thank you. Ill sign up to them too.


I know this is not what you want but I m posting it any way. Mine is a 16 inch single pulley, no gears.

I made a belt guard from wood and sheet metal. Not original but works as good as the original.

Also made the blade guard.

- AlaskaGuy

Thank you.

I have done exactly what you suggest before, for other tools, and it worked out well, however, and i know this may seem like fighting talk to some, i dont really need a bandsaw… and part / a lot / most of the desire for this tool is due to the styling. Form as much as function…

...so whilst a sheet metal guard would be just as good for keeping my hounds noses out of the belts, it does not have the same appeal for me.

Thanks again,
Julian

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Planeman40

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#4 posted 11-09-2018 03:10 PM

I have had that exact same Walker Turner bandsaw since I bought it used way back in 1960. Fantastic saw!!! Grab it and restore it. It is a workhorse. Almost indestructible. Much better than most of the new saws today. Probably WW-2 vintage like mine. Think of all of the De Havilland Mosquitos it may have built. The bearings are most likely still good. If not, replacements should be off-the-shelf available. And here is the best thing. Mine is for wood cutting only, but this one you show has a multiple speeds to allow you to slow it down to cut steel. Notice the speed plaque and the in-out plunger to change the speeds. Great find!!!

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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julianf

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#5 posted 11-10-2018 12:32 AM

I am fairly sure that the machine that i have been offered is the PM-1930 14” Metal Cutting Band Saw from 1959.

I have found this manual, and everything in my three photos seems to tie in with the diagrams in the manual -

http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=2421

I have confirmed with the seller that i will purchase the saw. I hope to either find someone breaking one of the saws, who will sell me the belt guard, or someone who would be able to give me (a lot of) measurements, for me to make up a pattern from MDF, that would then allow me to cast a replica in aluminium

Planeman -

I may (or may not) have caused confusion by posting pictures of someones 16” saw in my initial post – is your unit the 16 or the 14?

Thank you for everyone’s comments so far – they are appreciated.

Julian

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Planeman40

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#6 posted 11-10-2018 12:48 AM

My Walker Turner bandsaw is a 14”. When you get ready, send me an e-mail at rufus.carswellsr@gmail.com and I will take some photos of the motor cover and send them to you.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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julianf

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#7 posted 11-10-2018 01:05 AM

Thank you very much – that would be great.

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Planeman40

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#8 posted 11-10-2018 01:45 PM

Glad to be of some help. Got your e-mail.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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