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Forum topic by krisrimes posted 11-15-2012 07:47 PM 1616 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2012 07:47 PM

I am going to go and take a look at a band saw I found on Craigslist, and had a few questions. I think the price is right at $60, but the email I got from the owner says it is probably a 1950s era saw. It is a Delta 14”, but there is no model number on the saw. Other then the obvious things like does it power on, are there any deal breakers that I should look for? I am hoping to get a picture of it in an email before I go and look at it and I will post it here if I do.

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#1 posted 11-15-2012 08:26 PM

At that price broken castings or missing parts are the dealbreakers.

I see 14” band saws going for anywhere from $100 to $250 on
a regular basis, and most of them appear complete and have
motors, so if the $60 band saw needs money put into it to
get it running, you’ve got added costs and labor to consider.

Tinkering with old machines is interesting and fun for me, but
maybe not for you.

Cracked rubber tires are often not a problem unless they are
literally falling off. Urethane tires are about $25 for a pair, shipped.

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#2 posted 11-15-2012 08:30 PM

Yes. Please post the picture of it .

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#3 posted 11-15-2012 09:13 PM

A 14” Delta bandsaw from the 1950s for $60 is a steal, even if it needs repairs. There are a ton of parts available for that model, and they’re interchangeable from different eras.

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#4 posted 11-15-2012 09:44 PM

Yep, that Delta bandsaw is a steal as long as its all there and there are no broken castings. And don’t worry about a fence. If you really want one you can find one to fit easily. I haven’t had a bandsaw fence on my 14” Walker Turner from the 1940s for 50 years and haven’t ever missed it.

Polish that thing up, repaint it with some matching gray enamel and you will have a jewel! I have a 1940s Delta 12” wood lathe and a 1940s Delta 4×36 floor mounted belt sander. They look like new and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.


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#5 posted 11-15-2012 10:35 PM

Unless it is missing major parts, that is a great price and I’d jump on it. After purchase, figure on spending another $30 for new bearings, even if you don’t think they need replacing (think of it as cheap insurance). Will also probably need new tires, so that is another $20-$25 for a pair. Missing parts can run the cost up fast, but there isn’t anything for that machine that you can’t get.. they have been basically the same design for over 50 years and parts can be found easily from multiple sources.


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#6 posted 11-15-2012 10:38 PM

Those bandsaws are very standard and easy to find repair parts for. That said, check the trunnions under the table for cracks, and make sure the pulley mechanisms are all there and can at least rotate. Let me know if you have questions on the repair… I did a similar bandsaw restoration recently.

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#7 posted 11-15-2012 11:15 PM

Well thanks for the help, unfortunately the saw was sold before I had time to look at it. Such is life.

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#8 posted 11-16-2012 01:15 AM

would be interesting to see the machine, I have fun rebuilding some tools for my shop.

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#9 posted 11-16-2012 01:23 AM

I live in New England, where are these band saws for $100.00 and less, who do I have to kill or hurt to find one of those.. around here you can’t touch a 14” band saw for under two bills.. and that’s if your lucky.. I have decided that I am going to build one of Matthiases shop made band saws and power it with a singer sewing machine treadle.. I bet I still can’t get it done for no Hundred dollars.. for real, where are these machines…
Papa////..... willing to travel for right saw..

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