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cs
09-26-2013, 07:26 PM
Saw this on CL for $75. What do you think?

http://images.craigslist.org/00A0A_1KOgxq2syuD_600x450.jpg

http://chattanooga.craigslist.org/tls/4068318404.html

Chad

seanz
09-26-2013, 07:59 PM
Walker Turner made good gear. If it's a runner, get it. If it's a project, think twice and weigh-up how much free time you've got for faffing about fixing stuff....says the man with a couple of WW machines in pieces at the moment.
:)

oznabrag
09-26-2013, 10:16 PM
Saw this on CL for $75. What do you think?

http://images.craigslist.org/00A0A_1KOgxq2syuD_600x450.jpg

http://chattanooga.craigslist.org/tls/4068318404.html

Chadi think that, while you and sea New Zealand were futzing around wondering, I would have made off with a sweet little saw, if I lived in East Tennessee right now.
i only have three band saws
And that one looks like it could fill a gap in the lineup

seanz
09-26-2013, 11:24 PM
I'd have the big old scroll saw without even thinking......

Lew Barrett
09-26-2013, 11:41 PM
I'm trying to figure out from the image if the table is two hunks of plywood (or not). If the table is not flat (true) that could prove annoying down the road.
If it is (true), and that slightly crooked motor down at the base spins without making too much noise (I'm a bit at loose ends about what it's doing down there), it could be a good deal and a useful tool for cheap.

oznabrag
09-26-2013, 11:56 PM
The table is iron( I know because I am on a phone, and can expand the image at will)
the motor is not part of the saw, but I would haul it off out of the kindness of my heart
Bottom line? Bearings are cheap, and there ain't nobody who is ever gonna set up to cast a saw if that quality ever again.

Ever.

Nicholas Carey
09-27-2013, 01:24 AM
Well, I just missed a 16-inch Walker-Turner bandsaw this past weekend that showed up on Craig's List. $280.

Gone in 60 seconds as it were. Grrrrrr :(

Mrleft8
09-27-2013, 07:12 AM
It's a very good saw Chad. Even if it has Babbit, bearings they can be replaced. Tires may need to be replaced too, but you can find them, or in a pinch make your own from truck tire inner tubes.
If you get it, take it apart, clean it all with compressed air and some sort of solvent (Be smart and wear a respirator and gloves). Put it all back together, and set it up absolutely dead nuts accurately, and you'll have one of the best little saws ever made.

oznabrag
09-27-2013, 02:56 PM
It's a very good saw Chad. Even if it has Babbit, bearings they can be replaced. Tires may need to be replaced too, but you can find them, or in a pinch make your own from truck tire inner tubes.
If you get it, take it apart, clean it all with compressed air and some sort of solvent (Be smart and wear a respirator and gloves). Put it all back together, and set it up absolutely dead nuts accurately, and you'll have one of the best little saws ever made.
Babbitt?

i don't think so.

the Driver Line was all ball bearing IIRC. One of the featured selling points. They were most likely open races, though, but those will outlast the 'permanently lubricated' type.

As I said before that would have lasted about 5 seconds if I were in East Tennessee

moTthediesel
09-27-2013, 04:58 PM
Certainly not babbit bearings, that saw would have ball bearings. Walker Turner made very find machines, that is a much better saw than any small bandsaw you could buy new today. One note of caution, W-T had a thing for odd-size bearings, so replacements could be tricky -- but I'd snap it up anyway.

In any event, here's the place to do your research: http://vintagemachinery.org/

Tom

Mrleft8
09-28-2013, 07:33 AM
Ah! Of course! I knew there was something I was missing! Anyway..... You will want to replace the table insert. The one that's there is badly worn, and will give you bad blow out at least, and/or cause you physical damage, or worse....

oznabrag
09-28-2013, 10:41 AM
Certainly not babbit bearings, that saw would have ball bearings. Walker Turner made very find machines, that is a much better saw than any small bandsaw you could buy new today. One note of caution, W-T had a thing for odd-size bearings, so replacements could be tricky -- but I'd snap it up anyway.

In any event, here's the place to do your research: http://vintagemachinery.org/

Tom

W-T did, indeed, have a penchant for the odd sized bearing, but I seem to recall they gave this obsession free rein in their drill presses, most often.

Accurate Bearing (http://www.accuratebearing.com/) is the go-to source. 'Talk to Lynn' :cool:

cs
09-28-2013, 06:01 PM
I contacted them and everything is already sold.

Chad

oznabrag
09-28-2013, 06:03 PM
I contacted them and everything is already sold.

Chad

I would say 'better luck next time', but you just have to be ready to pounce!

That said, better luck next time!:D

cs
09-28-2013, 06:10 PM
I sould have but I don't know that brand and didn't know if it was junk or not.

Chad

oznabrag
09-28-2013, 06:52 PM
I sould have but I don't know that brand and didn't know if it was junk or not.

Chad

Thass OK, man. There'll be another along before you know it!:d

If you are seriously in the market for some top-quality woodworking or metalworking machines, you could do a lot worse than spending some time at vintage machinery.org (there's a link somewhere upthread).

Really, it comes down to recognizing the names of about 20 major manufacturers, and knowing how to tell if the machine is complete. It helps to know if anything is bent or rusted beyond help, but that is VERY rusted, indeed.

Replacing bearings, guides and tires on that saw should be the work of a couple of days, at which point you've got a really top-notch saw.

I don't think anybody is making a saw that could be considered its equal, today. That size range has been abandoned, AFAIK.

If someone were making that saw today, it would likely retail at close to a thousand bucks.



All the best from Tejas, amigo, and Better Luck Next Time!

John