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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 05-18-2015 01:37 AM 1194 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lateralus819

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05-18-2015 01:37 AM

So a buddy has a 50’s Delta bandsaw for sale. Looks all complete. I didn’t look for everything at the time.

Has a sanding attachment. Yes the covers are there, just not in the picture. He is asking $300 but i think that might be a bit high. Has a 1/3 HP motor, not sure if its original. Doesn’t have the belt cover so I’d have to buy that.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 11:19 AM

Those type bandsaws show up regularly in the $200 range around me, but I’ve never seen one with a “retirement lamp” (it also has a fence, not that common). By itself I’ve seen those lamps go for as much as $100 on e bay. 1/3 HP is woefully inadequate for anything of mass on a Bandsaw (my opinion). I have a later model of that saw which came with a 1/2 HP motor….it was replaced with a 1 HP one, and I wish I had went 1.5 HP. Otherwise that would be a good solid saw, and if you choose to buy it check with Louis Iturra for some really good upgrades (Iturra Design, (904) 642-2802).

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dhazelton

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 11:42 AM

It’s too much. If it had a riser block and art deco base then yes. It looks to be non Delta motor and a non Delta fence. You can work with the fence but 1/3 hp is too small. People ASK $75-$100 for retirement lamps – I don’t think people get that anymore as ebay is loaded with them and no one is buying. It looks like it needs a power switch wired in as well. $100-150 is more like it.

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 12:17 PM

That does look like a pretty complete 28-207 with some nice options. The motor may very well be an original – hard to tell from the picture, but it looks like the typical Delta badge of that era on it. 1/3 hp was standard, and 1/2hp was recommended for use with a riser. Can’t tell, but it should have a pull rod on/off switch mounted to it. The fence appears to be the optional 28-845 (32”), and the 882 retirement light is a really nice bonus. Also looks to have the optional 50-351 caster attachment which is pretty rare. The 28-810 sanding attachment is also pretty rare in the wild.

I don’t think he will have much trouble getting $300 for it. It’s an excellent restoration candidate. It’s the missing stuff that really bites you in the wallet, and that one seems to be pretty complete. Nice find.

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 12:23 PM

I concede the floor to MrUnix who is more knowledgeable than I…...

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 12:54 PM

You may want to check the sn on that over at OWW. I have one similar that is 1934. I paid 200 and it still runs great saw. I’ve been looking for a Ret Lamp for mine.

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#6 posted 05-18-2015 02:00 PM

As much as I like old, functioning equipment… I personally wouldn’t run a BS without blade covers.

If you want a restoration project and nostalgic (though underpowered) BS, offer him $150 and if he declines, see how long the listing runs and offer it again at a future point in time if it doesn’t sell.

If you want a solid and safe functioning BS to get work done on, I think you’ll find newer Deltas an Jets in the $250 -$350 price range are out there to be had.

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mramseyISU

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#7 posted 05-18-2015 02:07 PM

Finding those cast aluminum band covers might be pretty hard I’m guessing. Still it’s probably a great saw.

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 05-18-2015 04:06 PM

Did I misunderstand? The OP said the covers are there, just not in the pics.

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#9 posted 05-18-2015 04:25 PM

Looks like it’s worth the money as a complete or near complete piece of vintage machinery, but myself, I wouldn’t pay that much simply because I’d have to put a bigger motor on it.

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#10 posted 05-18-2015 04:40 PM

Did I misunderstand? The OP said the covers are there, just not in the pics.

You read it right Fred… the only thing that apparently is ‘missing’ is the belt guard, which isn’t all that critical – it was an optional item, but kind of surprising it’s not there considering it looks like the original purchaser bought just about every option there was for that saw :) They show up over at OWWM now and then in the $50 range, so it’s not a show stopper by any means.

With a little cleaning, it could be a fine machine. I wouldn’t consider it plug-n-play though, unless the history of the machine is known and what maintenance has been done. At the very least, given the age of the machine, new bearings, tires and probably a new belt would be needed. Nothing major, just another $50 or so and a little bit of time. I’d use those as a negotiation point and maybe offer $200-$250 – then strip it down and do a full restore on it. But that’s just me :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Based on the wheels, it does look like a 50’s vintage machine – and the serial number would confirm the exact date. Here is a picture of the identical wheels on my 1950 Delta:

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#11 posted 05-18-2015 04:54 PM

Around here it would already be sold. What are you comparing it against? The Grizzly and Ridgid are basically Chinese copies of this bandsaw.

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#12 posted 05-18-2015 05:25 PM

I heard it run it sounds really nice and quiet. It has new tires as well. The covers are there just not installed.

I plan on offering $150/175. If he accepts it would allow money for a 2 he motor.and riser block.

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MrUnix

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#13 posted 05-18-2015 05:42 PM

Based on the serial number, that saw was made in 1948. If the owner hasn’t replaced the bearings, plan on getting two 87504’s, two 87502’s and some 6200-ZZ thrust bearings – and you should be set for another 40 years or so :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#14 posted 05-18-2015 10:48 PM

If he lived withing 100 miles of me and despite the fact that I already have 2 bandsaws, I probably would have already bought it. How hard can a 3/4 – 1 HP usable motor be to scrounge. Buy a set if bearings, if and when you need them and build a belt cover. If you quibble over $50 and don’t buy it you almost certainly will wake up one morning wishing you had. It’s happened and is happening to me now with an antique machinist’s drill press that I have no “need” for.

Think what your last dinner out, ball game ticket, good bottle of adult beverage or tank of gas cost you. ;-)

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lateralus819

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#15 posted 05-19-2015 12:49 AM

Ill pay what he wants..over my offer ;).

I already bought a $200 planer off him lol. I offered him $175 considering the state it’s in. He through out $300 as a “I don’t know what it’s worth” so well see. If he wants $250 I’ll pay it.

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