After many months of procrastination I began to install the riser kit
on my Delta 14 inch bandsaw. My problem is that I can not separate the
top section from the base. I was able to perch on the saw stand and
lift from above, rocking the top but I could not dislodge it.
I did a search to see if others had any difficulty installing the riser
kit on their Delta saws and the best suggestion I saw was to use a
scissors jack and wood blocks to pry it apart. Has anyone else had
problems getting theirs apart? My saw is about 12 years old , maybe
older. No visible rust at the connection- I guess the roller pins are
Thanks in advance,
If you haven't already, you might try spraying some penetrating oil (like
Knocker lose or some other similar) in the joint a few times through out the
day and let it soak over night. You might also be able to set a car jack in
the throat with some blocks of wood in between and carefully break the joint
lose that way.
I am sure you check a parts drawing, and know there are two precision
alignment pins about 1.5 inches long that keep the upper and lower parts
aligned during assembly. These two pins, due to the weight of the upper
assembly, become wedged and hold the unit together. You can remove the top
arm assembly only by lifting straight up.
Use your upper body and shoulder to apply pressure to the top section (not
the wheel housing, but the massive iron arm) and beat the joint with a
rubber mallet (not hard, just to vibrate the WD-40 around the pins.)
Remember, you must lift straight up as they are very tight fitting alignment
pins. You need to adjust you up-ward pressure more, or less, as you use the
rubber mallet in order to lift the heavy top off the pins.
The re-assembly, with the pins is also a pain, because the assembly must be
done straight up and down also. The alignment pins also keep the top from
rotating when you torque down that big bolt. You are on your own as to just
how much torque that big bolt takes when you add that riser. I have never
seen a specification for Torque for that bolt.
I let the the unit sit with some WD 40 for 2 days and this morning I
used a scissors jack with wood blocks and the help of my nephew to
separate the upper arm. Fitting the riser with the roll pins was easy
and I was fortunate that I had the right size wrenches. Wish Delta had
kept the hex head bolt instead of a square head because that made
tightening it a bit more difficult. Started off with a 3/4 inch blade
for resawing and it tracks very straight.
marc rosen wrote:
Marc .. .. if you assembled it with roll pins, you might want to take it
back off and use dowel pins. THey are much stronger and are what Delta
used to include in the kit. If you have a factory kit and it uses roll
pins, I guess that's what they are now using. I would double-check
with Delta to be certain.
marc rosen wrote:
Fitting the riser with the roll pins was easy
Thanks for the concern. The instructions state "roll pins" but they
are dowell pins. I always thought roll pins were rolled up cylindrical
pins that can compress slightly to fit snuggly. The pins included in
the riser kit are solid with a slight end taper.
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