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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 02-04-2009 07:58 PM 2349 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2009 07:58 PM

Okay, it’s not really mine…. it resides in the carpentry shop of the university where I work. This baby was in operation up until a few years ago. It has 38” wheels, stands over 8 1/2 feet tall, and adjusts to take blades anywhere between 18 1/2 and 20 feet long. According to the brochure, the crated weight was 3,400 lbs. The saw is vintage 1942. I thought y’all would enjoy a peek.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 02-04-2009 08:12 PM

Why isn’t it still in service?

Also if you happen to walk buy it, can you get the serial number? I know some oliver lovers who are putting together as much info as they can get.

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#2 posted 02-04-2009 08:16 PM

I’ve been here 12 years and I know I’ve seen it run. The carpentry foreman, whose been here 10 years, says it was out of service when he got here, but doesn’t know why. He said he tried to start it up once and nothing happened, but we don’t really need the saw anymore, so no money or time has been spent trying to fix it.

I’ll see if I can get close enough to read the serial # .... there’s a lot of junk piled up around it as you can see.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-04-2009 08:23 PM

These old machines are great! There is a 36” DoAll bandsaw at University of Illinois at Chicago that I used to use. It would cut very well. It even had a welder on the side to fablicate its own blades.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#4 posted 02-04-2009 08:37 PM


thanks for even trying if you can’t get it.

A good closeup of the Oliver badge should show it, Just under the screaming chicken as it is referred to is the model/serial number part.

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#5 posted 02-04-2009 10:42 PM


Wonder if I could get that down the basement steps?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 02-04-2009 10:45 PM

Please don’t think of buying this if your workshop is way up in the attic. LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 02-05-2009 12:35 AM

Nice bandsaw. I’d like to have it. Thats for sure.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 02-05-2009 02:42 AM

i bet with all the knowledge and ingenuity of the LJ’s this saw could come back to life!!!!!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 02-05-2009 07:02 PM


Here is a closeup of the serial plate.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 02-05-2009 08:47 PM

That puts the saw at between July and December of 1950.

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#11 posted 02-05-2009 10:49 PM

Thanks for the info, Marc. We were just guessing.

Right above the serial number you can see where an anchor with the letters “US” is stamped. We believe this saw and some other old tools in our shop were purchased as navy surplus. Does that sound right to you?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 02-09-2009 04:27 AM

big one !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 02-09-2009 05:33 AM

Whoaa!!!!!! Where can I get one like that? That would look great next to my vintage Powermatic.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#14 posted 02-18-2009 02:13 AM


Yeah that sounds Navy to me, I missed that stamp.

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#15 posted 02-18-2009 03:28 AM

WOW…............a lot of steel in that baby. I want to see someone put that in their basement…...........LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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