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Forum topic by Chris_T posted 12-01-2012 07:51 PM 2436 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris_T

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12-01-2012 07:51 PM

I found a walker turner band saw on craigslist today for $200. It looks to be in good shape, recently painted and has a 3 phase motor. I have been considering getting a band saw for quiet a while now. In fact I was going to order a grizzly G0555LX this coming friday. But after seeing this saw on craigslist i am reconsidering my plans. What do you guys think, the walker turner or the grizzly?


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#1 posted 12-01-2012 08:01 PM

IMHO-I’d go for the WT anyday but I partial to the more vintage American made machines.
My .02 worth.
Bob

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 08:06 PM

Walker Turner made some very good machines and
some home shop ones that are not in the same
league. If it is the 16” band saw, that’s an
excellent buy. Some of them have gearboxes for
cutting metal too.

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 08:07 PM

The 3 phase motor is the only question mark here, as you’ll need a VFD to run the motor (or 3 phase power in your shop). That adds about $150.

I love old iron, and Walker Turner machines are really great. $200 is a decent price for the saw, though.

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

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Arminius

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#4 posted 12-01-2012 09:34 PM

What Loren said. Unless it was one of the few home shop models made, snap it up. Walker-Turner was a superb company back in the day, absolutely no comparison.

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 10:39 PM

its Walker turner hands down!!

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#6 posted 12-01-2012 10:44 PM

I have more Walker-Turner power tools than any other brand. I had a 16” with the gear box sold it before a move for $900. Still reget that somewhat, but I don’t really have the space.
Jim

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dhazelton

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

Walker Turner. And where can you get a VFD for say a 1 HP motor for $150?

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Chris_T

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#8 posted 12-02-2012 12:03 AM

Well based on the responses it sounds like I should get the walker turner. It has a gearbox. Does that make it a 16” saw?

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dhazelton

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#9 posted 12-02-2012 12:14 AM

A gearbox makes it a two speed machine so you can slow it down to cut metal. If you need that capability then it’s a bonus.

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#10 posted 12-02-2012 12:18 AM

The size typically specifies the size of the wheels. 16” bandsaw has 16” wheels.

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#11 posted 12-02-2012 12:51 AM

Well, there’s the issue of whether the gear box is in good
working order and stuff like that, but if it runs good
it’s a real bargain in a fine saw. I’m not aware if
they put gearboxes in the smaller saws but I bet
it’s the 16” saw.

Phase conversion is the only real issue you’ll need to
deal with if the saw is in good working order. I built
a 5hp rotary converter for about $300 (including
$100 for a used motor from ebay). I’m thrilled
with having the ability to just wire a plug and go
with any “new” 3 phase machine I acquire. VFDs
are cool, but you have to have one dedicated
to each machine.

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Don W

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#12 posted 12-02-2012 12:56 AM

Here is a review on a vfd, http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2806

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dhazelton

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#13 posted 12-02-2012 02:02 AM

Unless the gearbox leaked all of it’s oil out and was allowed to run dry those things are pretty bullet proof. Actually if you are going to run a VFD you can just dial down to the speed you want and don’t even need to mess around with changing the gear ratios.

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Planeman40

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#14 posted 12-02-2012 04:18 PM

I have had a Walker-Turner 14” bandsaw for 52 years now and wouldn’t part with it! Grab that sucker and run with it before it gets away!

Planeman

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

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blackcherry

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#15 posted 12-02-2012 04:33 PM

Yes send me the CL ad so I can check it out for you :)

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