Refurbishing a 1937 Delta 14 inch Bandsaw

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Fred Crooks

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10-14-2013 10:53 AM

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Hi everyone. I am in the process of refurbishing a 1937 Delta 14 inch Bandsaw. I have repainted the frame, covers, wheels, etc. Everything is being dismantled, cleaned, polished, buffed (or painted).

Now, I have put the top wheel (along with bearings, tensioner, etc..) on the saw and it appears that wheel does not sit square (back to front). The arbor it fits on seems to be a little loose in the tensioner bracket. Even after installing the wheel and tightening the nut firmly, it seems to drift down and to the left. To explain it another way, from a clock perspective, it rubs the rear cover between 7 and 8.

Looking down from above, you can see the wheel is slightly tilted to the frame in the back and it does not line up with the lower wheel which does sit square to the frame.

The frame seems to be sound and not bent. So, I am wondering if that arbor is worn out enough that it is out of square with the frame (and tensioner bracket).

Is it possible that the arbor is the culpret? It is only held in using a steel pin going through a groove in the arbor.

Ideas, thoughts?

-- Best Regards

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