I picked this up last week. It was advertised as a Walker-Turner but I could not find any photos of a 20" WT wood/metal bandsaw. But I did find plenty of pictures of an identical saw that was badged as a Rockwell. Suspecting the seller was just mistaken, I went to get it.
I ended up paying $200 for it. The guy plugged it in for me so I could see that it ran. He said that the tires would need to be replaced. He then loaded it onto my trailer. It is a big saw but it looks so small under a 50 ton crane.
It turns out it was a Walker Turner; I could barely make it out on the old badge. It also says it is a division of Rockwell. Further research showed that Rockwell bought WT around 1958.
The first thing I did was build a rolling cart.
My brother's phase converter uses 30 amp receptacles but my saw only had a 20 amp plug; I will have to swap that out. I want to get it under power and test the variable speed drive mechanism. I read that some have a tendency of working there way out of low speed while in operation.
Yep, the old tires need replacing. Any advice on which ones to get and where to get them? Is that groove on the wheel going to be a problem?