This has been sitting right here in the middle of this room in the old barn since shortly after my grandpa passed in 1999.
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My dad and I knew nothing about this equipment when we hauled it all home from Tennessee in two pickup trucks.
It was obvious that the fences & stuff were removable on all of the machines But we missed the fact that the center plate was removable and in fact I didn't even know something was missing when I was cutting something with it shortly after we got it home. A little scrap of wood fell down & got between the blade and the lower tire and destroyed the tire. It hasn't been used since. I assume that center piece bounced out on a bump in the road and the wind caught it and it's long gone.
In my research yesterday and today, I found a forum post somewhere where someone said this brand of band saw is a Taiwanese clone of a Delta.
But most of what I'm finding is that Tool Shop was also a brand of copycat Shopsmiths.
When I image search for "Total Shop TS919" I get nothing but pictures of the multi-unit machines and actual Shopsmiths.
If I add "band saw" to the query I get pictures of all different brands of band saw.
Right now I'd just like to see if I can get a replacement center plate or if I'm going to have to get a machinist to make me a new one.
As far as the tires go, the wheel diameters are 13-5/8" so I'm assuming it'll use a 14" tire? I've never changed a band saw tire so I don't know how precise they are.
I figure I'll replace the tires with urethane ones, replace the center plate and go from there.
I don't know what the angle iron is about in this picture but I think maybe my grandpa was running a blade that was slightly too long for the adjustment range?
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Any knowledge about this thing would be appreciated.