I wrote the post about buying the central machine 14" bandsaw and got alot of needed help from the folks out there and i really appreciate it.
I Wanted to share a funny story though with everyone......I am self taught from this website and buying a few DVD's on turning (Grumbine, Raffan,Tibs).
There are no wood turners in my area and the good ones live to far away for me to afford to go to for lessons....so i got the DVD's and a book Raffan wrote..........and went at it on my own. I Watched them many times when i got my lathe 7mo ago (Jet 2hp EVS pro) and with the help of these great DVD's i have been really having alot of fun turning when i can........
Ok Now for the funny story.......as i watched the videos i noticed that in Bill Grumbines shop he has a very nice bandsaw and i thought "wow" that would be great to have one of those. But just cutting logs now and then i could not justify the expense. Still would love to have a nice big machine like that.
So, i settled for and bought the central machine (low end i know....) 14" at a estate sale for $100 and recently bought another blade and riser kit............Ok, just before i picked up the Central machine one i went and looked at a guy who had closed down his shop and was selling all his equipment that was in it plus more he had in storage (i think he used to make shutters or something). Anyway, in the storage room he had alot of equipment that had not been used in years. I could tell because it was filled dirt,dust,grim etc....and never touched so it looked and it was as dark as a cave. He had a bandsaw in the back and wanted some really high price ($1,500) for it as well as all his other tools so i just looked and thanked him for showing me the tools.
I left him my phone number in case he would consider selling his finishing materials (stains,laquer,varnish,oils, lemon oil, red oils, on and on...) which the kids will love to use when they turn wood. He said he would think about it but he didnt have the time to look thru them now.
Three days ago he called me and said if i wanted any of the tools he would cut the prices he quoted me in half. I told him i would think it over and let him know. I was working so i never called back.
Yesterday he called and told me if i was willing to pick it up from the storage he would drop the price further because he had to have all this stuff out by the 15th of this month. So i went out and looked at the bandsaw again that was tucked away in the back of the storage room. It Looked as old as time and it was so dirty you coulnt even read the manufacturers name on it, covered in dried greese and guck. I told him i wasnt so sure if i wanted it because of the way it looked. He offered it to me for $175.00 and thru in a tool box of hand tools and all the finiish materials i wanted to take but i had to take it right away.
Can you guess the next step ?
So i took it and gave away the tool chest (stacked on rollers) hand tools to someone that really could use them and kept the bandsaw as a project to fix/restore. The finish materials are all stacked up neatly for the kids to have a ball with when they want to experiment with finishing. There is enough oils,varnishes etc to keep them busy for a year....LOL
After getting the dust off it and wiping it down some i saw the Manufacturer "Davis-Wells, Los Angeles, California" on it.
I posted some pictures of it and im really looking forward to making this machine run again and im sure ill have questions to ask you guys out there as i go along but i wanted to tell you.
Now I have 2 bandsaws and when i started i just wanted one....LOL i just couldnt resist the bargin the guy was offering me.
By the way - telling me he had have everything gone by the 15th may not have been such a good idea because i am going to go back again in a couple days and see if I can get a bargin on anything else left.
ok ill stop the rattling and if anyone knows anything about Davis Wells bandsaws or has one please post i know ill have questions to ask everyone and i thank everyone for all the comments on the Central Machine....
Thank you.....Dan in Calif.........and all the kids that are learning to turn thank all of you to...........LOL see you all soon