Band saw blades for 1937 Delta band saw

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Forum topic by Fred Crooks posted 11-04-2013 02:24 PM 1756 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Fred Crooks

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11-04-2013 02:24 PM

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Greetings. I have just completed the restoration of a 1937 Delta band saw. It had the optional riser so it can handle up to 11 1/2” stock. I am really looking forward to using it.

The reason I bought it was I just purchased a used 2HP Craftsman lathe to turn bowls. As such, I needed a tool that could cut bowl blanks out of raw timber stock.

So, I intend to use this tool for a wide variety of projects including bowl blanks, sawing new boards from timber stock, re-sawing boards into thinner stock, and general woodworking projects that require curves of various radii.

That means I will need to select a variety of saw blades to pair up with it.

I would like to know from you all as to what would be the best for the following tasks/projects:

1) Cutting bowl blanks out of raw timber stock
2) Sawing new boards from timber stock
3) Re-sawing boards
4) General all purpose wood working (I realize the tighter the radius the narrower the blade.

Also, I would like to know what is the maximum blade thickness that can be reliably used on this 14” band saw and what is the widest blade that can be used (i.e. for sawing and re-sawing purposes). By “reliably used”, I mean minimal fatigue/longer life.


-- Best Regards

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#1 posted 11-04-2013 02:56 PM

Fred, 1937, that’s an oldie. How did you date it to that year? I was under the impression that Delta didn’t start putting serial numbers on til ‘39.

Anyway, I have that same saw from the 40’s. I use a 3tpi 1/2in blade for all of the above and it does great.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Bill White

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 04:10 PM

1/4” 8 tpi
3/8” 6 tpi
1/2” 3 tpi

These are what I use. There are those who use a 3/4” blade on 14” saws, but I find that proper tensioning is tough on the saw frame and bearings for a blade this wide.
Green wood will require a deep gullet and wide set on the teeth.


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#3 posted 11-04-2013 09:26 PM

Try the timberwolf 3/4” 3 TPI. I have Lennox and Haltbar 201 for general rough cutting.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Fred Crooks

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#4 posted 11-04-2013 11:04 PM

Thanks for the information. I will now compile a list for my family to use for my Christmas presents :-)

Generally I usually just buy what I need. However, I have found that this close to the holidays when I do that, it annoys everyone and they don’t know what to get me. Oh well guess I will have to wait for santa.

As far as dating the saw I used several characteristics (and I could still be wrong).

First, it has the badge with the three stripes and the word Delta rising up and to the right.
Second, it did not have a serial number.
Third, it had a decal at the very bottom with a list of pending patent numbers
Fourth, it had solid (no spokes) pressed and riveted steel wheels
Fifth, the condition seemed to indicate it was in the original configuration and the bearings were all New Departure bearings
Lastly, I joined the vintage machinery group and the consensus was 1937-38

So, with all that, I am guessing it is from 1937 to 1939. Because Delta changed the look starting in 1937, I use the 1937 to refer to that “style”

Regardless of what it’s real birth year, I am excited to start using it. I have never owned my own band saw and really appreciate all your input regarding blades to use.

Thanks everyone!!

-- Best Regards

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#5 posted 11-04-2013 11:46 PM


-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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Fred Crooks

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 06:25 PM

Thought I would add some pics of the band saw

-- Best Regards

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#7 posted 11-06-2013 12:56 AM

Great job on the saw,I restored a 1964 scrollsaw.These old machines will out last any one built today.

-- MaSsOlE

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Fred Crooks

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#8 posted 11-06-2013 02:51 PM

Thanks. Yep it is built better than MOST newer ones (there are a few still made very well). That is why I searched until I found one on CL. When I found it, it seemed to be in the original configuration so I took it home with me.

It came with an old Delta 1/2 HP induction/repulsion motor that still worked but I wanted more HP to drive the saw. Also, that motor was open on both ends and had a lot of saw dust and a mouse nest in it. Will be getting that restored as well and then repurposed for a task less prone to debris getting into it.

While the base works for now, I intend to build a heavy steel base for it with 2” curved steel legs. Sort of a contemporary version of the old cast iron one that was available for that model.

Do you have any pics of your scroll saw? Would love to see it.

Best Regards

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