I'm in the middle of a trade right now (more details to follow) and I need to
ID a couple of small Delta bandsaws. I just got a quick look at them, but I
couldn't find any model numbers. They say "Delta 10" Bandsaw" on the back of
the upper arm casting. That's it other than the company location. Wheels are
two-part stamped steel. Tension or tracking (couldn't tell in the dark) seems
to use a simple bent rod as a screw/lever.
Does anyone know what model this could be? I wasn't able to record any casting
numbers to call Delta with.
Stamped tables? If yes they are more than likely early 30's
vintage No. 785's. This was Delta's first *truly
manufactured by Delta (1)* band saw. It stayed more or less
like this until 1934 when the 14" No. 890 was introduced.
Some time after that the 10" saw was tweaked up considerably
and fitted out with the same blade guides as the 14" and was
given a cast iron table. That saw was the No. 768 and
lasted a number of years. Both the No. 785 and No. 768
were/are miniature versions of the 14" saw. Technically it
could/should be said the 14" is a blowed up version of the
10" but we are more familiar with the 14" so it wins out.
I'm not sure I'd waste your/their time with it. Delta
doesn't realize they've been in business since a
loooooooooooong time ago.
Better you should go to the OWWM for truth, justice and the
UA100, owner (for the moment) of two Delta 12" No. 385 ((1)
Delta's first band saw) and two 10" No. 785's...
I don't know about the tables, but I noticed that the restoration pics of a 768
on OWWM seem to show a faucet-knob on the spring tensioner. Did all the 768's
have those? Like I said in my earlier post, at least the one saw I did get a
look at just had a bent rod.
Yes. You'd probably seen Curtis Garret's machine (link
below). If you look at the last picture you'll see the
essential pieces of that saw. The main casting, table and
wheels are pure No. 768. All the other parts in that
picture will fit onto any 14" Delta made from 1934 to the
That machine (with the bent rod) would have been the
*lesser* No. 785. Not saying that as a put down, just that
it's a fact.
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