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Delta Manufacturing Co.
Milwaukee, WI; Jackson, TN

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Band Saw
Machine Size: 10" Band Saw
Submitted By: Carl Bukowsky
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 10" Band Saw, Model 768
Date of Manufacturer: 1937
Serial Number: NA
Last Updated 1/8/2018 11:16:16 PM

Comments:
I bought this Delta 10” band saw in Eustace, TX which is south of Dallas, about 1 ½ hours from my shop. The seller was the grandson of the original owner and he said it had belonged to his grandfather who lived in Florida. He told me his dad had it stored in a barn along with all the other tools and machines from his grandfathers estate. He said his grandfather did do a fair amount of tinkering and he worked at Cape Canaveral in security for the Kennedy Space Center. His Dad passed all his grandfathers stuff on to him, but he wasn't a woodworker so it just set in his shop, taking up space. He realized he didn't have any attachment to it so he decided to sell it. Good thing, because I have been searching for a Delta 10” band saw for two years, and now I have one!

When I bought it the motor worked, but there was no blade but I didn't care. I just wanted it to all be there and in good enough condition for a full restore back to original condition. The bearings look to be originals and so are the rubber bands on the wheels! Someone punched some additional mounting holes into to the upper wheel guard; probably had the wrong size blade (too long) so the guard interfered with the wheel running. And the stand is a bolt together style (not 1937 vintage) which was probably added at some point. The stand also has some extra holes on the back side which may have been for mounting a counter shaft to the band saw. That was a common way to reduce the blade speed for cutting metal on these early band saws. They would use a combination of little pulleys driving bigger pulleys to slow the speed. After I got the band saw into the shop I noticed that the lower wheel guard had been trimmed and bent to fit the band saw. Odd, but I realized it was the wrong guard for that model band saw; it was from a later Delta Homecraft 10” band saw. Well, it will serve me until I can find a replacement! Stay tuned....a restored version will appear here at a later date!

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Comments: In it's "as bought" condition....wrong lower guard, but someone made it fits! Nice stand, but in 1937 the stand was welded, not bolted.
Source: January 2, 2018
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Comments: Wheels are cast alloy, not steel; 1/3 HP Hoover motor, reversable, 110/220; old but functioning....still has the table-top spacer (LBS-4), Wow!
Source: January 2, 2018
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Comments: Wheels are on backwards (vanes s/b on facing side) , according to the 1937 assembly drawing details...love that old dirty paper for its period technical detail!
Source: January 2, 2018
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Comments: There's the Delta nameplate...all you got, no serial numbers on these! No belt guard either, shutter!!!
Source: Janaury 2, 2018
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Comments: Ever wonder what 80 year old rubber looks like?.... I think these are original!
Source: January, 2, 2018
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Comments: Hole pattern on back of steel stand may have been where the bearing blocks were mounted for a counter shaft....see other mounting holes as well on base plate, near motor. Hmmm?
Source: January 2, 2018
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