Walker Turner 16"Bandsaw. The things that dreams are made of.

A few week ends ago I went to a tool auction. I went home with a few items, but the one of real consequence was the Walker Turner 16” Bandsaw. As best as I can tell, this was made sometime between 1938 and 1948. Its got a 22-639 serial number, which it seems Walker Turner put on a lot of stuff around that time. Some information seems to indicate its closer to 1948.

Its a BN1135 16” Wood, built 1939 to 1948 (Discontinued 1948): serial 22-639
Mine will take a blade between 113”” and 117, so I have purchased a 114” blade. Not common, not uncommon, but at least not a special order.

I’m going to list a few helpful web pages, just in case you’re looking here for the same reason.

The only thing mine seems to be missing is the tilt mechanism. I found its common for these to break and I also found one that was made.

I sent an email to wtsmllc@juno.com which is Walker Turner Serviced Machinery LLC, PO Box 666, Coventry, CT 06238. They quoted me the price on a new tilt mechanism. A new mechanism is just under $300.

I’ve decided at this point not to repaint the bandsaw. I may change my mind at some point, but the paint isn’t that bad. I’ve scrubbed it down and given it a coat of BLO to help protect it. But the rust is very minor and I’ve wire brushed the worst of it. At the current rat of deterioration, my great great great great grandkids may have something to worry about, but I doubt I will.

I’ve added a new set of tires.

These gave me a little problem. I thought the urethane tires didn’t need to be glued. After installing them, the top one began to walk off the wheel. All I had was spray 3M adhesive, so I figured I better do both tires. After gluing them, and waiting the 30 minutes the 3M can said it would take, I tried again. Now the bottom started to walk. I took it back apart and re-glued it and waited until the next morning to try again. This time it was good to go.

I ordered the tires from Peach Tree Woodworking supply. The price was about $35 for a set, everywhere else they seemed to be $35 each.

Next I went to to http://www.toolcenter.com/ and ordered a blade. This is the one I purchased.
87549-FLB9-2895 LENOX 114 in (9 ft 6 in) x 1×035 x 3 tpi H, R, FB

I also took all of the misc parts off, wire brushed them, checked the bearings, lubed them all up really well and put them back together.

I’ve resawn 2 pieces so far. Both went fairly well. I suppose at some point I may upgrade to a new motor. The original motor looks to be a 3/4 hp. I say looks to be because the tag is pretty hard to read. It could use some more power.


split to this

And this 6”piece of Ash split a little harder.

I’ve still got a few things to do. I’ll either make or buy a fence. I’m not to concerned about the tilt mechanism. I’ve had my Central Machinery Bandsaw for 20 years and don’t think I’ve ever tilted it. I’ve got the table clamped flat right now. I’ve got a Permanent search set up on ebay as well. My guess is I’ll end up building one.

I’ll add some casters so I can slide it against the wall as well.

I need to run new wires, the existing is getting a little frayed, but I’m deciding if I want to play some musical motors and take a 3 hp off the shaper, put something else on the shaper. Probably put the original 3/4 hp back on the Central Machinery.

So far I’ve got $100 into the saw, $35 into the tires and $25 into the blade. I think I did ok.

Thanks for stopping by.



About Don
A tool nut, hand plane collector, restorer

8 Responses to Walker Turner 16"Bandsaw. The things that dreams are made of.

  1. T.L. Thompson says:

    Do you know where I might find an owners manual or operation guide for the 22-639 band saw. We just purchased one at a farm sale and would like to have the manual for reference.
    Thanks a bunch

  2. Joseph Palas says:

    Don thanks for posting this, i just had a neighbor literally drive up to my garage as I was turning a bowl on the lathe. He saw all my wood and asked if im interested in an old lathe his father in law had. Its a Walker Turner (14 inch i think) and im getting it for $100.
    I now have some great resources to scour when I pick it up this weekend.
    -Palaswood on LJs

  3. Van chesser says:

    I just purchased a walker turner 22 639 for 80 dollars . It need only a drive pull and belt . Also a new blade or two for spare. I’m looking forward to getting it cleaned up and running. Thanks for the info .

  4. Bob Card says:

    I’m curious how you like your Walker Turner, now yhat you’ve had it awhile. I love the looks of these machines, but ai haven’t found many comments about how well they perform. I make furniture and art so it will get regular use.

    By the way, I love your website: next time I’m in the market for a handplane, I’ll look you up. My next one will likely be a jointer plane.

    – Bob Card

    • I absolutely love it. It’s easily one of the most used pieces of equipment in my shop. I have a 5 hp motor I bought for it, but still haven’t bothered to put it on.

      Thanks for the site compliment. It’s much appreciated!

  5. Bob Card says:

    Glad to hear it. Looks like a Walker Turner is in my future, as is one of your planes!

  6. Daniel Anderson says:

    Thanks for putting up this article. I was just given a fully functional 22-639 in almost new condition. It looks and works fantastic. I have the tilt mechanism on my saw. I also have a ruled bar clamp on the near side and a fence that attaches to it that is very accurate for making rips. I have purchased new blades from Timberwolf. I am cutting metal and wood on my saw. My saw has a Neeson motor on it that I rewired to 220v and nothing has slowed the blade down at all. I am missing the belt gaurd. If you know anyone that has an extra I would like to get it from them. I also have a Walker Turner 40″Lathe with the 16 speed belt attachment that has no serial number on it. Lastly I was given a Walker Turner Sander Serial number 13 639. I am truly enjoying using this awesome vintage equipment. The sander needs a little TLC.

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