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Forum topic by Texican62 posted 05-21-2013 07:30 AM 7702 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2013 07:30 AM

Hello all. I bought this saw yesterday off of Craigslist. I paid $100 for it. It belonged to the seller’s father and she knew nothing about it. From the serial number, I think it is from 1950. It runs like a top but the part that I am having a hard time figuring out is if it is a wood and metal cutting saw or just wood or is it a homemade dual purpose saw. The box behind the belt drive doesn’t look like anyone that I have seen before and I haven’t been able to locate a lever to change the settings. I am hoping that someone familiar with this model could help me out. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 02:10 PM

how about a complete pic of that name plate or a model number?

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

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 02:23 PM

+1 for toolie, and, I hate you. Not really, just my way of saying ”$100! Are you kidding me??”

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 02:35 PM

Sorry about the cut off pic. Not sure of model number, serial number is 83-7532.

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#4 posted 05-21-2013 03:14 PM

The gearbox is probably set up for cutting metal. You may need
to add some stepped sheaves or bypass the gearbox to get faster
speeds for wood.

My guess is this is a slow for metal (gearbox) saw and fast
for wood (bypass).

Great deal. You kinda suck.

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#5 posted 05-21-2013 03:24 PM

I had one like that sans gearbox. Sweet, sweet machine.

For the record, I would have given her an extra $10 because the lamp is stock. Did the bulb work? Maybe $12 then…



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#6 posted 05-21-2013 03:27 PM

Those old Delta Milwaukee Rockwell machines just used serial nos. on the machines. The model number is a
pain to find sometimes. The easiest way is to measure from the blade to the upright, this will give you the
size of the saw, e.g. a 10” or 14” whatever the distance is. You can then to to Vintage Machinery.Org and
search for a similar size Rockwell, or Delta Milwaukee bandsaw until you see one that matches yours. They
have some reprints of manuals available on site and you might get lucky, Ozark has quite
a few manuals if you can find your model and they are worth the money if really want to understand the
machine. Delta/ Rockwell did make some metal/woodworking bandsaws so it may take some time to track
your machine down.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 05-21-2013 04:54 PM

contact this guy for everything you’ll ever want to/need to know about that band saw:

there isn’t a better band saw resource, especially on delta band saws, than lou iturra. no web site, but definitely worth the call.

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

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#8 posted 05-21-2013 05:42 PM

You should be arrested for theft, man you got a good deal!

-- Bondo Gaposis

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