I am rather new to woodworking, with a focus toward general household millwork, and furniture/cabinet building. My stationary tools consist only of a Ridgid CMS and a new General 650 Cabinet Saw (I am getting quite serious about this!). BTW, I will share my experience in purchasing and setting up the General saw in a subsequent posting a few days from now.
So, my shop needs both a drill press and a bandsaw (among other things). My question is whether the following should fit the bill. I don't mind cleaning and fixing things, but I don't want to pay too much, or any amount, really, for something that will only aggravate me.
Delta Milwaukee Homecraft bandsaw. He is asking $100 (but said make an offer). The serial number plate says Rockwell, Serial#AP1635. I could find no Model number on the saw. It looks to be about 10" from blade to throat. It runs, but there is no switch (unless unplugging the power cord is considered a switch). The blade wobbles quite a bit when started, but seems to settle in once up to speed. The guides appear OK, but they should be easily replaceable. The motor is a General Electric Model 26136, 5.4 Amp 110V, 1/4 HP at a speed of 1725 RPM. The motor is connected to the base of the saw via a 2x4 mounted about 25 degrees off horizontal. An unused extra blade accompanies the saw, with a label saying it is a 72.5" blade (nothing else useful). The unit is obviously quite old, but surprisingly not a lot of rust (and we are in South Florida!).
Craftsman Model 113.24581 15-1/2" Drill Press. He is asking $200 (and seems to be firm). Also on the model plate is "Mfg No 271", whatever that means. This is a bench unit (not floor standing). It seems to run fine, although the belt seems to be too loose. The quill does not vibrate appreciably while running (a good thing, I'm sure). It is variable speed (380-8560 RPM) by virtue of geared pullies (to be changed manually) at both the drive and spindle ends of the belt. The table will move up/down, but does not tilt. The unit is well rusted, but I think it might clean up nicely (with some accompanying satisfaction in doing so, I'm sure).
In addition, he had... Sears Model 106.153541 Air Compressor, 100PSI 6.4 CFM @40 PSI and 5.4 CFM @90 PSI. I would consider this mostly for exterior house painting, as well as spray finishing woodworking projects. I have no impact tools, but who knows? With an unnamed 2 Gal. "paint" cannister with two pressure (or whatever) guages attached, a spray nozzle, and hoses, he wants $100. This equipment is newer (probably less than 10 years by the look of it) than the above mentioned tools.
Are any of these diamonds in the rough? Should I go grab 'em before some smarter guy gets them first?