Can anyone tell by this pic whether or not this is a metal cutting band saw? Been looking for a vertical one for a bit, but they don't show up very often around here.
I'm guessing this one's wood, but I'm hoping someone here knows for sure:
I thought that looked like a Rockwell. I have a Chinese copy of that one in my shop. Looks like it's set up for wood, but certainly can be geared down to cut metal. I cut everything from wood to annealed tool steel with mine.
Generally, metal cutting band saws will have blade speeds in the order of say 50 to 200 SFM (Surface Feet per Minute). Wood cutting band saws will be faster. Also, metal cutting saws will typically use ball bearings for both the side and back blades. Wood cutting saws usually use a ball bearing only on the back position. The side guides are usually blocks instead of ball bearings.
Agree with all the rockwell/delta supporters. I have a Taiwan made jet 14" model. If you pull off the upper and lower covers on mine, that's what you see... so it also has the possibility of being an overseas brand. Mine was 600 new back in 1995 ( at that time a new delta would go in the 900 area I think, I'm relying on an old memory ). not positive what they should bring by you. The Asian models come up on cl every few weeks around here from low 100's to mid 400's
I hope you bought her and have her all cleaned up now
As FYI, I found out researching metal cutting conversions, that with a 14" wheel, the appropriate speed (of the upper wheel) for a metal cutting band saw - at mid range of 100 SF/M - is a scorching 28 RPM. The bimetal saws often have a simple 6:1 belt system for wood and a 30:1 gear reduction hub for metal cutting. All based on a 1750 RPM AC motor.
A DC motor with variable speed control might be a solution, if you find a nice wood machine you want to convert.
Personally, I decided to keep looking, as I have way to many machine repair projects waiting attention.