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14" Delta Band Saw (riser block)

I keep seeing the 14" Delta for sale on my local CraigsList
and want to have one due to the reviews given here.
my question is: once the riser block is installed, do the wheels
generally run true - or - does it need constant adjusting to keep
them true. depending of course, if the bearings and everything
else is in good shape and adjusted to specs.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-21-2019, 01:02 PM
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It's self aligning ......

From what I've heard and seen on You Tube there's pins that fit into holes that align it, but any wheel issues in plan view should be easy to check with a horizontal bar across the widths, to and bottom. Tape a light weight straight piece of wood on and look down from above, the should be parallel. there is no adjustment for this on the saw itself AFASIK. The only way would be to favor the direction it needs to move and then tighten it down OR if it's really off, enlarge one of the holes.
My understanding is that if Delta parts aren't available, Harbor Freight's riser block will work as will Grizzly's.





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wow - very informative videos !! thank you !
I didn't know it was as simple as that. hopefully, others will
have the same positive responses.
the prices here in my area range from $250 with stand
and no riser up to $650+ with stand and riser installed.
I don't really need another band saw, it is just that I want
an old iron 14" that has a lot of life left in it. (and no plastic).
I guess I am thinking more along the lines of having nice old tools
in line to pass on to my grandkids someday.
and a 9" plastic benchtop bandsaw is not much to brag about LOL.
this particular 14" Delta is more common on the market than the
other brands in my area - plus, I like the looks of it. (it's a man thang).

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I have a 1953 Delta 890 bandsaw. I don't know about "wheels run true", but the tracking on my bandsaw is very stable.

The only time I have to adjust tracking is when I change the blade. I adjust it once with the knob and locking wing nut on the back of the top cover, and the blade tracks exactly where I left it until I change it. I fully de-tension the blade at the end of the day, and re-tension it again when I want to use it again. As long as I don't change blades, it tracks the same every time.
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I had that saw, rush job came up where I had to cut some 8" high cedar profiles, couldn't find a riser immediately so I made a template from the casting and drilled some holes in a 3" high oak block, longer bolt and some rod, 6" longer blade and was back at work. Never did remove the riser until I found a stock one, fortunately at the time I had a local blade supplier that made the blades up.
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Re-reading this thread, I forgot to mention that I bought my 1953 Delta 890 bandsaw with the riser block installed. Once set, it tracks perfectly without adjustment.
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mine came with the riser block installed also, and have no issues with wheel/balance/alignment, etc. i love mine...

i bought an assortment of lennox blades. a 3/4" x 3 teeth/2 in, and my 3/4 hp walks right through resaws.

on issue mine had was the tension shaft/nut was stripped. i bought this crank and love it, you can tension literally in 5 sec. i think carter makes on also.

if you can be choosy, wait for one with the carter bearing blade guides.

Bill's ref to the bandsaw clinic is a good one to follow.

https://www.amazon.com/Big-Horn-1433...ews/B001C4UOVS

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Using stock riser blocks should be plug 'n play. I bought my Grizzly with riser block at the old warehouse in Muncy, PA and assembled it in my shop with no problems.
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thanks for all the very informative tips and videos !!
as I noted: it is not that I "need" a new bandsaw.
it is that I "want" one. in my feeble mind, the addition
of the block would cause problems.
but as you guys pointed out, if it all locks in solid, it will
be okay. the Delta BS I am considering now is in Tampa,
an hour and a half drive from here. they pop up pretty
regularly but none in my immediate area. (so far).
will let you know how it goes.

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Not a Delta bandsaw, but .....

This is a Grizzly 14" saw, so it's only very slightly different, if at all?
Nothing but high marks for the riser he added:

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fwiw, installing a riser block will decrease your flat (on the table) cutting capacity from 14" to about 13", due to the (poor) design of the riser block. so you have to ask yourself if resaw capacity or cutting capacity is more important to you.
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