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Forum topic by triskal posted 06-24-2018 01:55 PM 749 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2018 01:55 PM

I saw this at a garage sale and it is still available today. I don’t have a band saw so have not worked on them before. I like restoring old tools but not sure this is worth it or what it would take. They are asking $75 which seems high. Any thoughts on what would needed to get this up and running and the guestimate on cost?

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#1 posted 06-24-2018 02:05 PM

Quite a few new parts needed and many hours! The math problem you face is not the $75 for the tool. It is the amount of time you would spend trying to get a tool to balance out properly. Ever new band saws of that size/quality are difficult to deal with sometimes.

It is a very cool tool and for $75 I’d love to clean it up. You might even find an antique shop in India or a museum who would want it.

Sprunger started making those in 1950, the family sold the business in 1977 and it closed permanently in 1984. Parts would not be available.

For that reason, it is a great antique. You would be lucky to make it work properly. If you need an undersized bandsaw for woodworking, you should find something you can plug in and use.

Love the history though, my family is from that part of Indiana. That BS is from after 1977 when the company was sold. It was manufactured just south of Goshen, IN, Amish country still today!

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#2 posted 06-24-2018 03:36 PM

Some of it looks to be in good shape. How deeply is that top pitted? What shape are the bearings in? Is that thrust bearing seized?

Things like blade guides are pretty generic and can be replaced. The thrust bearing might be too. Tires are easily replaced. If the bearings are in good shape, then some cleaning and lube might be all they need. Also, what about the motor? My early-50s Atlas Press Co saw came stock with a Westinghouse 1/4 horse motor that was weak to begin with and after 60+ years was unusable. Fortunately I had a Dayton still new in the box to replace it with, but if you have to buy one it will cost more than the saw.

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#3 posted 06-24-2018 03:53 PM

Price seems high to me too. I’d say it’s a 40-50$ tool.
If all the mechanics/motor are good you’ll just need sandpaper some paint and lots of time. Personally Id pass unless I just wanted a project

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#4 posted 06-24-2018 07:42 PM

I would pass if your intent is to have a usable bandsaw any time soon. If you collect vintage tools then $75 seems high.

Agree with BroncoBrian’s assessment.

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#5 posted 06-24-2018 08:16 PM

I do not collect. So it sounds like a pass for me. In the future when I have more time and space than I would go for something like this. Thanks for all the replies.

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#6 posted 06-24-2018 08:35 PM

You might have a tough time finding a tomato juice can of the same size to replace the rusted one on the light fixture.

It looks like the tailstock of a lathe in the background of the second picture. Was that in good condition?

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#7 posted 06-24-2018 09:38 PM

$75 does seem a bit high considering it’s visible condition. I would think $50 to be a fair price. Sprunger made some good tools during it’s life. I think my decision to buy would be more dependent on the motor than the saw itself. If a new motor is needed, that could run you over $100.

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#8 posted 06-24-2018 09:50 PM

It is actually in pretty darn good shape for it’s age – and it also has the original fence and miter gauge which is a huge plus. I wouldn’t be surprised if it just needed some minimal TLC to get it fully operational… but the price is a bit high for a 10” saw, and there is no way of really knowing if it’s worth it until you see it in person.


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