I ran across this vintage 12″ bandsaw on Craigslist and was able to secure it for a great price. It needs some cleaning and adjustment but it runs great. I’m torn between full restoration or keeping it looking vintage and functional; honestly, I’m leaning toward the latter. I really like the look of it the way it stands. One thing I will replace is the switch, drive belt, and possibly the tires. Aside from that just a good cleaning, lube, and adjustment.
From what I have found researching the model number, this saw was manufactured in 1938. I was able to locate and download a digital copy of the ’38 Craftsman catalog as well as the owner’s manual. There is something really cool about this vintage equipment. It looks like it originally accepted a 78″ blade but the previous owner has manufactured a wooden spacer so it will take the more modern 80″ blades. As I restore, or whatever I decide to do, this saw I’ll post progress pics. Until then, here are a few more of it’s current condition.