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HardWoodHead

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718 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Hello all,

I found a Walker Turner 14” band saw for sale and need some help before I make an offer on it. The serial number on the saw is 9BS6390 which if my research is correct indicates this to be a Model MBN935 14” Metal band saw (see image). Here are my question:

Could this saw be successfully used and/or converted to a WOOD cutting band saw? I understand that the speed at which the saw blade travels is critical between wood and metal cutting and this saw appears not to have a step pulley, at least on the top side of the belt. I cannot see by the picture if there is one at the motor end.

Many thanks for your help and please respond as soon as possible.

PS If any of you have the wood cutting version of this saw, what is the maximaum resaw height?

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Walker Turner 14" Metal Band Saw

-- Dan Benson---Hitchcock, Texas......Got wood?


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MrUnix

473 posts in 823 days


#1 posted 718 days ago

Doesn’t look like the metal cutting version.. very much looks like the wood cutting version. Perhaps that first digit is a zero instead of a 9? Anyway, metal/wood cutting band saws simply allow you to change the blade speed depending on what you want to cut. It has been my experience that trying to do both causes problems because metal filings don’t really like wood chips and visa-versa, and most people I know that have one dedicate it to a particular task and leave it setup for that alone (ie: dedicated to metal or wood cutting only). That one is setup for a single speed, so changing its speed is a simple matter of just changing out the sheaves (pulleys) for whatever speed you want/need (if it isn’t already the right speed for you).

Here is a link to the 905/935 instruction sheet so you can see the similarities to that machine:
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=384

And more manuals and stuff can be found here: http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=808&tab=3

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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JuniorJoiner

444 posts in 2064 days


#2 posted 718 days ago

that looks to be the wood cutting saw.I have one and the height is 6 and a half inches high. it is a nice rigid framed little saw.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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Loren

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#3 posted 718 days ago

In order to cut metals a band saw needs a gearbox or a step down
pulley system. This one has no pulley system so either it is a wood
cutting saw or there is a gearbox in the lower wheel bearing housing.

If the gearbox is present you should be able to bypass it by withdrawing
a shot pin and turning a collar (or some similar sort of mechanism)
and then the saw will run at a faster speed.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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dhazelton

1172 posts in 920 days


#4 posted 718 days ago

Most band saws of that vintage were converted to metal cutting just by changing the blade and stepping the speed down. They were basically wood machines adapted. Make an offer and use it for wood. If you go over to the Vintage Machinery site (OWWM) you can probably find the manual which tells you what the pulley sizes should be for woodcutting.

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jusfine

2280 posts in 1550 days


#5 posted 718 days ago

Looks like a wood cutting saw to me too, I would say go for it!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Planeman40

470 posts in 1385 days


#6 posted 717 days ago

I have that same Walker Turner 14” band saw which I bought way back in about 1960. You can’t get a better bandsaw than this! Solid as a rock, and quiet. Grab it while you can.

Planeman

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

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HardWoodHead

34 posts in 1988 days


#7 posted 714 days ago

Thank you all for the replies and it sounds like this is may be what I have been holding out for for well over a year. I didn’t get a chance over the weekend to make contact with the seller but plan on doing that today. He wants $ 350.00 for it and I am going to see if he will accept $ 250.00 and go from there. Seems to me that even at $ 350.00 it would be better than a lot of stuff being built today, at least at that price. I guess the only drawback on this Walker Turner is being restricted to the machine’s resaw capability of about 8” if I am correct.

What are you guys doing for a fence for your machine? Is there an “out of the box” one for it or have you guys fashioned you own?

PS MrUnix>>>Thanks for the links on the literature. I think I saw those also at OWWM.

-- Dan Benson---Hitchcock, Texas......Got wood?

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Surfside

3072 posts in 797 days


#8 posted 714 days ago

I saw manuals for Walker Turner band saw machines here: www.bandsawmanuals.com.

Yes, www.owwm.org is a good source of information for vintage machines like that Walker Turner.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 714 days ago

All the links posted are interesting and informative.
I had fun looking at old, big band saws.
Thanks for the share.

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HardWoodHead

34 posts in 1988 days


#10 posted 714 days ago

Fishinbo: You are welcome. I have a 36” Silver Manufacturing band saw made around 1911 I bought last year but have not set it up yet. I am going to disassemble it and inspect it first. You are probably familiar with the saw and I’ll post a picture of it later. It stands over 8’ tall and is a massive piece of iron similar to the Crescent. About 1,095 pounds I believe.Fishinbo: You are welcome. I have a 36” Silver Manufacturing band saw I bought last year but have not set it up yet. I am going to dissasemble it and inspect it first. You are probably familiar with the saw and I’ll post a picture of it later. It stands over 8’ tall and is a massive piece of iron and similar to the Crescent. About 1,095 pounds I believe. I have friends come by and look at it and say that even if I never ran it it is beautiful just to look at!

-- Dan Benson---Hitchcock, Texas......Got wood?

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HardWoodHead

34 posts in 1988 days


#11 posted 714 days ago

Ok so the guy still has the saw. Anyone think $ 350.00 is too much to pay for it? Assume of course that it is in running condition. Someone on ebay is asking $ 2,195.00 for a 16” with a fresh paint job. Maybe $ 350.00 for the 14” ain’t bad.

-- Dan Benson---Hitchcock, Texas......Got wood?

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Jerry

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#12 posted 714 days ago

If the funds are available I would buy it fairly quick myself. But I have a greater appreciation for older machines and prefer them over the newer models. I don’t have experience with Walker Turner but no doubt it is a quality machine.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Surfside

3072 posts in 797 days


#13 posted 713 days ago

I agree with Jerry. I don’t have much experience with old machines but they surely are tough!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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HardWoodHead

34 posts in 1988 days


#14 posted 713 days ago

Ok good enought. Thank you Surfside and Jerry. I am either going to pull the trigger on the saw this weekend or hold out and save for a new Grizzly GO555. And if I do get the Walker Turner I will let you guys know. Thanks!

-- Dan Benson---Hitchcock, Texas......Got wood?

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Surfside

3072 posts in 797 days


#15 posted 713 days ago

Good! I’m looking forward to it!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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