Vintage General Bandsaw Model 190

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Forum topic by BigFoot Products Canada posted 02-14-2012 07:07 PM 7058 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2012 07:07 PM

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I just purchased a Vintage General Bandsaw Model 190 to restore.
Everything seems to turn freely etc.. it came with a huge 1/2 horse power motor
I am posting pictures before my restore starts.
I contacted GENERAL Tools and they actually had the owners manual for it
and sent it to me in a PDF file.. That was a BONUS>
I also ordered two replacement tires for it @ $39.00 each plus shipping.
It’s a 15” Band Saw and I could not find replacement belts for it except through the manufacturer.
I was thinking I’d just refurbish it and sell it because I have a decent Band Saw ”BUT”
The more I read about this saw the more I’m liking it……
This model was sold in the late 50’s early 60’s and is totally cast iron.. even the doors.. Weighs about 300 lbs..
A real Backbraker..LOL

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 08:29 PM

Hell of a find. Doesn’t look like it’s been abused. Looks like a great saw.

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 10:48 PM

Cool find! It’s great to see Old Iron rehabbed & put into service.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 11:49 PM

Oh hell yeah, that is cool!!!!!

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 02:49 AM

That colour, was General around 1960 and earlier I believe. The red Gerneral identification badge is also from that era. The table saw I have is the same. Look up the old tool and machinery web site. you may find a lot more information there.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 11:24 AM

@ ToyGuy… You are so right about the color and age.. I just found this:

Dating General Machines

The following list summarizes some clues in dating General machines

So far as we know, the first General-branded machines were produced in about 1960.
In 1962, at least some General machines were painted green, somewhat darker and bluer than the later General green. This color may have been used before 1962 as well.

Other early machines (up to the mid-1960s) were painted a speckled gray and white.
The red oval “General” tag means that a machine is from before the mid-1960s.

If your machine’s tag is a silver oval with black “General” then it dates from about 1965. A new serial numbering system was introduced in 1962. Machines produced that year have serial numbers prefixed with “A”. The letter was incremented each year until 1987 when they reached “Z”. The 1988 machines have prefix “AA”, changing to “AB” in 1989, etc. This seems to hold up to at least 1995, but a couple of machines of mine, purchased new in 1998 and 2003, both have serial numbers prefixed with “G”.

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 12:13 PM

sweet bandsaw and from one of the few old manufacturers still around and still making machinery in north america and are great resources in case you didnt know already

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#7 posted 07-23-2013 12:57 AM

I need new tires for my General Mfg Model 190 s/n 19-1467 and found this post during a search for another source besides the manufacturer. Not very surprising, my bandsaw appears identical to this one; General informed me that mine was manufactureed in March 1961. While beefing up the homemade mobile base it came with I upgraded the motor to 1 hp from the 1/3 hp motor that it had. I have ideas of converting the tranmission pulleys to variable speed although the cost is too high at this time, I’d still like to do this some day. I’ve had this bandsaw since 2010 and it is a real workhorse in my woodworking shop which also features a General Mfg 350 tablesaw. Both saws perform excellently. Kind of late now but let me know if there is any way I can help you with your bandsaw.

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#8 posted 04-30-2017 06:47 PM

hi i have the same band saw, and im trying to figure out the blade length, i measure it at 98” but online i find 98 1/2” is most common.

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#9 posted 04-30-2017 11:17 PM

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