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Charlie

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10-01-2012 10:28 AM

Best way to move this?
Delta 52-965 14” band saw. Picture here.
This is down in a basement. I don’t know anything about these as I haven’t gone to look at it yet (but be assured that price in the ad isn’t what I’d be paying). The guy offered to deliver it. :) But it’s a kid and I don’t want to take any unnecessary chances with damaging something in the move. It’s also supposed to rain on and off the next couple days and I wouldn’t want him driving it over here in the rain. It’s about 8 to 10 miles from me.

Can this be moved just like it is?

I’ve seen folks recommending that the table be removed to avoid cracking the trunions.
I have no idea how much this weighs. I’m guessing about 180 pounds? More?

The millright/rigger in me looks at this and (because I’m 60 now) separate the table, loosen the belt, separate the saw fro the base. So you’d basically be breaking it down into its 3 heaviest pieces.

Thoughts?


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Handtooler

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 11:07 AM

WOW! That’s a beauty, and looks as though the gray Japanning is still perfect. The cast iron table is something my Craftsman doesn’t have and I certainly wish it did.

As to the move, just getting it out of the basement may be a chore if a number of steps or a 2-8 or 3-0 door are involved. Sounds like the three pieces approach is certainly a simple way to approach it. Suppose you’re using a pick-up and have the time to disassemble and reassemble it. Be sure to acquire the original owner’s manual. If he doesn’t have it get one off internet. It may have some important steps for assembly that should be acknowledged during dasassembly.

Great buy! Good luck. Send pictures when reassembled and ready for your use.

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lunn

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#2 posted 10-01-2012 11:07 AM

Ole dummy me was moveing a 14” Sprunger bandsaw standing up in my pickup. Thought i had it tied down good for only 4 miles. NO Problem till i had to stop hard. OOPs didn’t have it tied good enough. It’s very top heavy so lay it down while moveing or IMO take it apart. Why bust a gut trying to move it in one piece.

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#3 posted 10-01-2012 11:13 AM

I would break it down. If it’s like my grizz 555x it heavier than you think.
500.00 is too much,for a few bucks more you can buy a new grizz.

-- Life is good.

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Charlie

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#4 posted 10-01-2012 11:25 AM

It will be under $300. The seller and I have already discussed it at least that far. How far under $300 depends on condition and completeness.

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 11:31 AM

I can lift (but not carry) my Grizzly which is a knock off of this model Delta, so I’m guessing the Delta does not weigh 180 lbs. I’d for sure take off the table and maybe take out the motor. That leaves a manageable 1/2 the weight, bulky but doable. And do lay it down. They are stable laying “on their backs”, i.e. riser side down. There’s nothing back there to get hurt, and you can secure it nicely in that position.
These are simple tools and I’ve had them apart in buckets, no tricks. They are dandy serviceable saws.

Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#6 posted 10-01-2012 11:32 AM

I would say it depends on how much help you have. I moved my 16” walker turner bandsaw in one piece. It took 4 guys to get it on the truck and the kabota to get it off. If you’re talking stairs and less help, a teardown will save a lot of strain. Oh, and I’m 55, but I forget that from time to time and promptly get reminded.

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 12:48 PM

Id break it all the way down. Table off, motor off, base off. Its heavy enough and not very difficult to dismantle and reassemble. Smarter not harder. I wouldnt wanna see you out of the game because of a hernia or blown out back.

Looks like a nice bandsaw in good shape.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Charlie

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#8 posted 10-01-2012 12:49 PM

OK, this is interesting. I went looking for a manual for a model 52-965 and came up empty. Went to Delta’s parts web site and it referenced models 28-203 and a model 28-280. The 203 is an open stand model and the 280 is the closed stand. The model 52-965 number is apparently on the stand and I’m still not sure if that’s the stand itself or what, but I got the manual for the 28-280 and it appears to be this exact saw AND on the closed stand.

Doesn’t say how to remove the table, but I can’t see that being real hard to figure out.

I want to see how the motor controls and wiring are routed through the base. Doesn’t look like the base itself has much weight. It’s kinda looking like if I take the drive belt off, and unbolt the on/off switch from the saw body, I’d be able to take out 4 bolts to separate the saw from the base. If that’s the case, this could be fairly easy to break down and reassemble and nobody gets hurt :)

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 10-01-2012 12:57 PM

Yea it should be 4 bolts that go through the base to the bottom of the saw. Youve got it figured out. If youre hesitant to break it down snap some pictures with your phone or bring a camera along. Im a forgetful kinda fella so i take lots of pictures when taking stuff apart. Dont wanna be left with any extra wingnuts.

All the weight will be in the motor, table, and upper portion of the saw. The base is just sheet metal probably.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 10-01-2012 02:14 PM

JUST TAKE THE CAST TABLE OFF AND YOU WILL BE FINE GET SOME RATCHET STRAPS AND TIE IT DOWN IN THA TRUCK AND IT WILL BE FINE i HAULED MY RIKON 170 MILES IN BACK OF A PICKUP 10 345 RUNNIN 65 MPH BUT I HAD IT STRAPPED DOWN WELL

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#11 posted 10-01-2012 02:38 PM

I suggest you break it down so it would be a lot easier to carry.

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#12 posted 10-01-2012 03:58 PM

I just brought a Central home in my Chevy HHR. Take the fence bars off the table. Bring a 24” 2×4 and four 10” 2×4s and a handful of screws. Dont forget the cordless driver. Lay the larger 2×4 under the riser and stack the smaller 2×4s alongside screwing them down to the larger. Strap down the base. DO NOT AT ANY TIME LIFT, MANEUVER, PULL OR PUSH using the table. Two MEN can lift and carry this machine up stairs with moderate difficulty. It is amazing how similar most of these 14” bandsaws look.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#13 posted 10-01-2012 04:22 PM

Remove the table and tip it the machine onto a piece of plywood
or a door leaned against your tailgate, then lift up the board and
slide it into the back. I can do this myself with a machine this
size but you’ll probably want some help.

Usually one side of a machine is the one that is clearly not going
to get anything broken by having that side down. Sometimes a
switch or a knob is in the way, but these are easily removed.

I seldom move a machine upright. Most are top-heavy and if
your tie-down skills aren’t very good, you may have an
unpleasant surprise.

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toolie

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#14 posted 10-01-2012 04:53 PM

charlie….... i agree with most of what i’ve heard, but i wouldn’t remove the motor. when i got an 18” rikon 10-340 from a woodnetter, it was in a basement accessed through a bulkhead covered 8 step staircase. we removed the table and wheels, strapped it to an appliance hand truck and two guys moved it up and out with no problem. that’s a 400lb. saw. yours is probably ~ 200, total and maybe 125-150 with the wheels and table removed, so it shouldn’t be at all hard for 2 able bodied men with an appropriately sized appliance hand truck.

lay it on it’s spine in the vehicle and secure it so it doesn’t tip when moving. here’s a little slide show of the BS in one of out trucks. i had help loading but got it out and moved into position alone using the hand truck shown

http://community.webshots.com/slideshow/583083464UrvXsH?mediaPosition=1

goog luck.

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

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Charlie

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#15 posted 10-01-2012 06:44 PM

Just found the weight of a 28-280 on a closed cabinet base. 224 pounds.

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