This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org.Virginia.EDU (Steve Strickland)
Date: 16 Oct 90 17:41:49 GMT
I recently "aquired" a Delta 14" bandsaw and it's great. Duginski's book at my
side, it needed just a tweak of the upper wheel alignment. I put a 3/4" blade
on it and it resawed a 6" pine board beautifully (I'll let you know how the
rock maple comes out). Mark says that 1/2" is the widest blade he'd put on a
"consumer" saw, but I haven't had problems yet. What have the rest of you used?
I want to check out the cool blocks, but a question: Why aren't ball bearing
guides used more often? Norm's Makita has them and I seem to recall Trendlines
carrying them for the Delta (though they aren't in the Delta catalog). What's
the story here?
A question (or two) about motors. I've aquired a few extra motors including an
extra contractors saw motor (3400 RPM, 1.5 HP). First, the motor needs a new
starting capacitor (the motor got dropped and the old one cracked and is
leaking electrolyte---though the motor seems to start fine). Where should I
look for one of these? Delta? Any electrical supply?
Second, I've been thinking of putting this motor on my 6" jointer (Delta DJ-15)
so I can swap the jointer motor onto my bandsaw. Assuming I change pulleys as
needed to keep the cutter/blade speeds the same, is there any problem with
this? The existing motors are both 1750 RPM.
The Delta catalog has a lengthly table showing the motor applications for the
various motors. Given the speed and HP, are there any important differences
between these motors? Is being TEFC (totally enclosed, fan cooled) crucial in
some applications? And assuming you pulley up or down appropriately, is there
any reason to prefer a 3400 rpm motor to a 1750 rpm motor?