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Forum topic by Bruce15 posted 09-21-2012 04:37 PM 883 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2012 04:37 PM

We purchased a Delta 29-190 bandsaw at an auction recently for $40. Works perfectly. The issue is that the adjustment lever for the table is missing and replacements are nonexistant. The table is slanted at about 3.5 degrees down on the right and I cannot figure out how to bring it back level without the lever.
Anyone have any suggestions or know how to fix this.. I mean, short of using shims to cut anything level?
My apoloiges if there is a real simple answer.


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#1 posted 09-21-2012 04:55 PM

Will do. Thank you!

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#2 posted 09-21-2012 05:58 PM

Is it just the lever or all of the adjusting assembly? If you are just missing the lever, it seems like you could get away by using a washer and a nut, particularly if you just want to set it to 90 and leave it there. It’s a pretty simple design with just a through bolt, spacer, spring and lever.. should be able to find something that would work at the local hardware store.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#3 posted 09-21-2012 06:10 PM

Ask fellow LJ MedicKen or Loren. They generally know how to find the vintage stuff. Loren was a great help with my 20” Delta Rockwell bs. The vintage machinery guys will definitely help you out. Just get a rag for the drool when you go there. There’s an Oliver ts there that I actually teared up over.

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

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#4 posted 09-21-2012 06:19 PM

Thank you Brad. I have tried every common bolt/thread size I have that is close.. I will go compare what is there against the schematic again. The lever is gone for sure as is the bolt. Off to the store later.

Bertha, thank you too. I tried the link Jeff sent “vintagemachinery.com” and am getting sent to a UK Auction site. Now I am checking my computer to make sure DNS is working properly. That the correct address?

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toolie

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 06:34 PM

http://vintagemachinery.org/\

also try this:

http://owwm.org/

they have a sub forum called BOYD (bring out your dead). it’s their swap and sell forum. you can post a WTB (want to buy) there and possibly find someone with the part you need lying around.

good luck.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#6 posted 09-24-2012 02:23 PM

toolie, I also go there for vintage machinery parts. Really nice site for restorers!

-- "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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#7 posted 09-24-2012 04:20 PM

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and kind words of welcome. This is a really great forum and lots of people willing to help. Really great! Thank you all!
Update on the situation.. took the parts off the machine and found the proper bolt at the store. I also bought a replacement bolt, nuts and washers to replace the entire lock mechanism “just in case” I could noot get it open. Could not get it. Could not figure it out is probably more correct. So drilled out the old one and installed the new/simple bolt. Works quite well. Easy to adjust/tighten as needed.
The table is now happily level and I can continue with the guitar…

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#8 posted 09-24-2012 04:42 PM

Nice work, Bruce! I’ll be waiting for some pics on that guitar you’re making.

-- "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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