Walker-turner bandsaw

Hey, guys, I purchased an old walker-turner 12 inch bandsaw at a really good price the other day, and measured the blade that's on it, and it is 78 inches.
My question is: Can I put an 80 inch blade on the bandsaw and be safe and happy?
Thanks in advance for your answers.
Cleve
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Have you got enough adjustment to spread the distance between the wheels an additional 1"? That's what it will take to make an 80" blade work.
Bob

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Why not get a 78 inch blade?
GTO(John)
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Rev'n Dan'l wrote: 1) Does anyone know anything about Walker Turner tools? I can buy a 12" bandsaw from a friend. Has 78" blades, uncommon length.
VR, the Rev.
Many people in the Walker-Turner bandsaw discussion were interested in history of the company. I didn't see any reference to OWWM yet, so here it is.
Information can be found at: http://www.owwm.com/MfgIndex/detail.asp?ID 8
Old Woodworking Machines is a great resource for information regarding older American machinery.
The discussion forum is also accessible from: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/oldwwmachines /
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On Mon, 27 Sep 2004 20:42:31 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Cleve L.) wrote:

Safe, yes. If it doesn't fit, then this should be obvious before you even think about turning it on.
Happy - I doubt it. You'd need an extra inch of wheel travel to tension the blade and I doubt if a 12" saw has that much to spare. Have a look and see, but I don't think you'll be in luck.
If you can;t find blades to length of fthe shelf, then just have them made up to order. It costs about the same, or only slightly more, and you're usually getting a better grade of saw band. It also give you a much bigger range of blades to choose from, and a bandsaw is more versatile if you use the right blades - there is a difference.
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If you don't have enough adjustment to take up the 1 inch you can cut the blade and remove the one inch. Then go to a local machine shop, most larger comercial bandsaws have a built in blade welder that will weld the blade back together. It only takes a few seconds and I am sure they will do it for free if they are decent.

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