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    After 40+ years of struggling with my old 12" Craftsman bandsaw, I finally got my hands on a 14" Delta. I've been looking for one for a long time, and prices have shot up lately. You used to be able to find a serviceable one for $200 or so, but now they are bringing $400 and up, at least around here. Anyhow, this basket case turned up, and it's like a lost puppy to me- Who could resist? It's a 1958, and came out of a school shop that closed in 1960. It would be pristine, except somehow it got left outside for a period of time. As such, I decided to finish the disassembly and put new bearings and tires on it. I'll treat it to a rattle-can paint job while I have it all apart. The guy I bought it from bought some new parts, and for some reason, dropped $175 on having the original motor rebuilt. Should be a nice addition to the shop. I just need to get it back together before it becomes yet another long-term project.
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    Nice find! I brought one of those back to life a few years ago. Works great now.
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    I use my late '70's era Delta almost daily. Best thing I ever did for it (besides changing the 1/2 hp 120V motor to a 3/4 hp one I wired for 240VAC) was swapping out the steel blade guides for a set of ball-bearing guides from Carter Products.

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    I'm thinking about making a set of ball-bearing guides. I'm a retired tool maker with a home machine shop, so that's just the kind of project I enjoy. That, and I'm poor and cheap.

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    I have an ancient 14" Delta too. Lovely saw! I replaced the steel guides with a set of ceramic ones from Woodcraft Supply(?), and they made a huge difference. I also mounted a brush to clean dust buildup off the bottom wheel and a homemade fixture to hold the end of a vacuum cleaner hose next to the bottom guides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MushCreek View Post
    I'm thinking about making a set of ball-bearing guides. I'm a retired tool maker with a home machine shop, so that's just the kind of project I enjoy.
    You one-upped me there bud! My metalworking skills revolve around hacksaw & mill file at best. Wood I can manage, a little plastic (when wood just won't work well) if necessary.

    With your experience & tools you can make a 6" extension block! Finding one w/o the other bits for ballast could be tricky. Mine I ordered with my saw, very handy for re-sawing. Good luck with your projects!

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    Riser kits are available but they are not cheap. My saw came with the riser block but the other parts needed (longer guide post, longer upper guard, a few other bits) were cannibalized by the seller for another saw so I had to source them. I found everything I needed on eBay though, and the parts I received appear to be OEM quality. Most of the parts for these saws are readily available on eBay. I covet the belt guard on your saw though, MushCreek. That's worth more than a running saw all by itself.

    If it's useful at all, I posted about the resurrection of my bandsaw a few years ago here: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...l-quot/page118
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    the Bible, published yearly by Louis Iturra of Iturra Designs, on Delta bandsaws, contains all of what you need to know about your saw. Call and request a catalogue (no website) 1-888-722-7078. Buy your stuff from Louis in acknowledgement of all the advice he has given you!

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    Great find! Those are nice saws for sure!!

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    Turns out that a band saw is a pretty simple little tool to refurbish. I got everything cleaned up and painted. I put new Blue Max tires on it, as well as new bearings throughout. I cleaned up the old guides. That's about all there is to it! I had to make the upper blade guide adjustment knobs, as they were missing. I put the whole thing on a Harbor Freight rolling tool base, which works surprisingly well for moving it around. I put a proper tool switch on it as well. Runs like a sewing machine!
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    Sweet! Sawdust time!

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    Very nice!
    There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.

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    Good job with the refurb! (You change the upper wheel's tension spring too I hope?)

    New bearings, urethane tires, decent switch, ball-bearing guides... it'll outlast you now!

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