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Charlie75

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03-02-2014 12:08 AM

Hey guys, I went to look at the Delta band saw http://lansing.craigslist.org/tls/4262762228.html today and ended up bringing it home. I think I got a fair deal on it. Not great maybe but not bad either. Paid $50. for it.

Now the question is what do I have. The medalian on the front uper cover says “Delta Milwaukee”. The Ser# tag on the back says “Delta Rockwell” with the ser# BF5591. I have searched on the net with that number and come up empty. I did not find any model number on it anywhere. I did got home late and it’s rather dark in my garage so if there is another tag I have yet to find it. Anyone have any ideas?

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto


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#1 posted 03-02-2014 12:22 AM

I’d say $50 is a good deal. You will have some elbow grease and time cleaning and making sure everything is ready to go, but you will have a really good band saw when you are done.

For dating, check this site. It shows that serial number would have been manufactured in 1955.

Edit: I believe Delta just called that a model 14.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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Charlie75

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#2 posted 03-02-2014 12:45 AM

Thanks JayT I just tried you link and it says I have to provide a user name and pass word but I see now where to join or whatever you need to do.
I just read over in another forum that Delta petty much didn’t use model numbers in the years that this saw was probably made. Model 14 sounds good to me. lol

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 12:47 AM

That’s a very nice saw at a good price, it should clean well. Use JT’s link to find the parts you need or owwm.org

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Newbiewoodworker43

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 01:18 AM

Congratulations Charlie! $50 is less than you were going to offer. I guess when you saw it in person there were other things wrong or missing. Great Score!

Welcome to the club. Mine is also a Delta Milwaukee and according to the SN it is a 1951 model. I was also able to find the manual on that same site. It is good to have as it also lists all the parts and part nos as well as instructions on setting it up, using it, etc. Look in the publications & repriints section. I also understand that you don’t necessarily have to get the exact year as these did not change much in this time frame.

Took me some time, elbow grease and money to get my saw running like a champ. I did not tear the whole thing down, paint, etc. but I did the necessary things to get he saw to work well. It cuts like a dream!

-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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Charlie75

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 01:38 AM

Thanks Newbie. Where did you find the infor on your saw. So far I can’t find anything. I too would like to download the manual. What was your ser #?
It was rougher than I thought it would be but it is pretty much all there. The bearings seem to be good and the wheels run smooth. The motor is not original I don’t think. It does run the wrong direction but the previous owner thought it could be rewired. It’s a 3/4 horse. He started it and it ran smooth and quiet. Even belted to the lower wheel it ran smooth. (the wheel I mean) I did not take that make shift stand. I will probably make one unless I can find a metal stand for it.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 01:42 AM

You talked the seller from $250 to $50? What a negotiator!
Parts for those 14” saws are often interchangeable and they are pretty simple to rehab UNLESS you have broken cast iron parts.

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Charlie75

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#7 posted 03-02-2014 02:05 AM

Thanks. After I met him he admitted he had it over priced. He was such a nice guy I dropped the subject. I am finding out that these saw were the same for many years. The cast parts seem to be fine. Except for some minor rust.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#8 posted 03-02-2014 03:30 AM

Great deal Charlie! What you have is a Delta Model 890 (aka 28-207). That Serial No. indicates that it was made in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1955. Here’s a link for a manual that will help with set up and parts. http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=1712 It’s for an earlier year but they changed very little if at all over the years.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#9 posted 03-02-2014 05:08 PM

Thanks tefinn. In searching for infor I did not that most of the saw even up till now, in some cases, look the same. Wish other tool companies did the same.
Now the saw pretty much sits on my bench till spring. If we ever have spring here in Michigan. lol I have other projects to finish. Plus there is not heat in my garage where the saw is.
What is the best method for cleaning up the table. I will probably remove that and take it down to my heated shop and work on it once in awhile.

Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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AnonymousRequest

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#10 posted 03-02-2014 05:10 PM

WD40 and a razor blade to clean the table. Hit it with a green scotch brite pad after. Wipe her down ;)

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 03-02-2014 08:24 PM

I used my ROS and WD40 for lube. Started with 120 grit and went to 220. Fast!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 03-02-2014 08:50 PM

Some place I read of someone using wet dry paper with WD40 instead of water. Anyone try that?
I took a bunch of pictures of this saw and will post them in a day or two.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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tefinn

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#13 posted 03-02-2014 09:34 PM

There are lots of ways to remove rust. For the table, WD-40 and scotch brite or sand paper. Wet dry paper will work with WD-40 too. You can use evaporust, white vinegar works sometimes. I usually use a ROS and WD-40. Small parts I soak in evaporust or wire wheel them. Brass or steel wire cups in a hand drill get in some of the tight spots on castings. Pretty much, it just boils down to what works best with what stuff you have access to.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#14 posted 03-02-2014 10:29 PM

Thanks tefinn. Every bit of information helps.
Charlie

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#15 posted 03-03-2014 12:14 AM

Charlie75
Turn the motor 180 degrees and it will run forward.

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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