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CharlesA

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07-27-2014 05:28 PM

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I have a friend who inherited some old Delta/Milwaukee tools from his father: table saw, bandsaw, scroll (saber?) saw, drill press, and grinder. My sense is that the table saw isn’t worth much—no table extensions, no fence—just a blade sticking up in a thick cast iron top.

I may take the floor drill press—seems very solid.

Curious your opinions on the other two saws. Some pics:

This is the motor on the bandsaw:

The back of the bandsaw (motor and belts are external):

The manual:

Here is the scroll Saw:


I’d appreciate any thoughts you might have.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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Loren

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#1 posted 07-27-2014 05:38 PM

Good band saw. Collectible actually. Missing the belt cover
is a bummer.

That stuff is all solid. It’s as good or better than the older
Craftsman machines which were made for Sears by
different manufacturers like Walker-Turner.

The scroll saw is a type you may or may not enjoy using,
depending on what you’ve used before.

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 05:48 PM

Thanks, Loren,

I’m not a scroll saw type—wondering if it is worth their trouble to sell it. If it is really the bomb, i could replace my cheap Shopmaster scroll saw for occasional use.

Tell me more about the bandsaw. I have a Craftsman 12” (Rikon) that serves me well.

I’m going to take the tools that serve me better than my current ones (Drill Press!) and help them sell/give away the rest.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 07:08 PM

I agree with Loren about the bandsaw. It has the 2 speed gearbox, which is a plus. You can find a belt cover over at owwm.org. I have the same scrollsaw. It’s probably worth $40-50 without the light. The work (retirement) light on it will fetch $65 by itself.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 07:18 PM

If I can find the space, I could have the luxury of having one bandsaw set-up for resawing (something I’m doing more and more of) and the other with 3/8” blade for curve work. Hmmm. Have to think on that.

So, that is a good, but not great old scroll saw. Probably better than my shopmaster, but not by a lot, eh?

Too bad I bought a grinder a few months ago. Matching grinder with stand.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 07-27-2014 07:31 PM

Charles, I’m not a scrollsaw guy, but the one I have isn’t taking up to much space. I don’t have the original belt cover or the retirement light on mine. I keep saying I’m going to get rid of it, but I don’t. I have a Carter guide for my 14” Rockwell bandsaw for doing intricate curves and a jigsaw for cutting within. I’ll probably just keep the old scrolllsaw for the cool factor I guess.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#6 posted 07-27-2014 07:47 PM

The blade on those old piston type scroll saws moves straight
up and down. Most others move in some kind of arc which makes
for a faster cut. Old large throated Powermatic and Oliver piston
scroll saws are sought after by some marquetry artisans.

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#7 posted 07-27-2014 08:38 PM

I have a small shop, and I’m hoping to get a jointer some day, so I’m not keeping anything that doesn’t advance my tool capacity. I’ll swap out my current drill press for this one. I’m open to a second band saw because it reduce blade changing time, but that’s the only reason. My scroll saw ain’t great, but it sounds like this one may not be better, given Loren’s comments about the mechanism.

Sound about right?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 07-28-2014 03:27 AM

Your photo of the band saw is so dark that I can’t make our much of the details. If that saw does have a two speed setup (usually changed by pulling/pushing the knob), the low speed will allow you to cut steel and iron with a metal cutting blade. Aluminum, copper and brass can be cut with a band saw operating at wood cutting speeds. Always remember this rule of cutting metal – always select a blade that will have a minimum of two teeth engaging the metal at all times. This is to keep from stripping teeth from the blade and ruining the saw blade.

Planeman

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