Delta 14" Band Saw - 1947 Before

by Ben Anderson
(Northern California)

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Delta 14" Band Saw 1947 Before Restoration

I purchased this vintage Delta Band Saw from an estate sale in Santa Cruz, CA. The serial number on the saw indicates that it was manufactured in Milwaukee, WI in 1947. It sits on a Delta open leg steel stand with the original 1/3 H.P. Delta motor mounted underneath. It has the push rod switch. It also has the original bee-hive lamp and the sheet metal belt/pulley guard.

The saw is already in pretty good shape, and I don't think it will take much to restore it to showroom new. It has a few scratches on it and a little bit of rust on the table.

I would appreciate any restoration tips anyone can share with me. What's the best way to clean the cast iron table top? What about paint... is Rustoleum machine tool grey a close enough match to the original Delta color? I remember that Delta used to sell their grey machine tool enamel paint, but no one seems to be able to tell me if it's still available or where I might find it. What is the best way to bring the Delta logo and nameplates back to life?

Does anyone know where I can find a replacement table insert? That seems to be the only piece that is missing. I'm looking forward to restoring this saw and hearing from some of you about restoration tips.

Thanks for you help!

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Oct 26, 2013
Pictures of missing parts NEW
by: Oz

I just acquired a saw very similar to the one in the picture. I can take pictures of parts that you are missing to help you find them. My saw is missing a lot of parts, but with love it will work again.

Post the part area you want a picture of and an email for the results.

Sep 30, 2013
14" bandsaw under the table NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello,
I live in San Jose and have a 14" delta band saw also.
I am trying to identify a part right beneath the table.
It is between the trunnions.

Is it possible for you to take a close up picture of that area
And send to me. This will really help me in trying to locate
the part.

Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you
soon.

Glenda


Apr 27, 2013
Delta Milwakee band saw 1942-1943
by: Dean

I have a Delta Milwakee bandsaw, S/N 27-1128 that I believe was manufactured 1942-1943. The name plate has suffered serious deterioration and I would like to replaced it. Does anyone have a suggestion where I can find a replacement?

Thank you,
Dean

Houston Tx area

Nov 14, 2010
Delta 14" Bandsaw - parts sources
by: S Holland

I picked up a Delta 14" Band saw from guy at work. He's boarding a few extra horses and had to clean out the stall the goat was using and the saw was in the way. He knew it worked back in the 80s but had no idea. He was taking it to a scrap dealer who offered him $50 for it. I gave hime $60. From the SN it's a 1947 Delta Milwaukee Model 890 (I think), hidden under 3 coats of bad: green / red / black & original gray paint. Plugged it in and it works great, even tracks straight after adjusting everything. Still smells like goat right now. But I'll fix that this weekend.

Anyway it's in decent shape but does need a few parts. Specifically the pully #136 or part 41-144. Probably the bearings and spacers that go along it too.

Where can I get parts? Also - I'm a wood guy - never restored anything made of metal. Any guidance would be appreciated.

stephen.holland@1993.usna.com

Jul 26, 2009
1945 Delta Bandsaw Mo. 890
by: Dave

I'm using my dad's 1945 Delta Bandsaw Mo. 890 to cut out duck decoys. I needed more height so I purchased the 28-984 Height Attachment Kit to add 6 inches to the saw. The problem is that my old saw's guilde post has a hexagon shape and the kit came with a larger round post. Are there longer hexagon shaped posts available? I can't find any for sale. Delta's website says that part is not longer available. Just wondering if anyone else has installed the same kit on their old bandsaw.

Thanks,

Dave Robinson

Apr 07, 2009
Delta Bandsaw
by: Tom

I have a bandsaw exactly like this one. It has served me well over the years, but it is in desperate need of an overhaul. I would like to know where to get the rubber sleeves for the upper and bottom band wheels. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,

Tom

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