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Manufactured/Badged by:
Yates-American Machine Co., Inc.
Beloit, WI; Roscoe, IL; Liberty, NC

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Band Saw
Machine Size: 42"
Submitted By: T.J. Forrester
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: YA 42
Date of Manufacturer: unknown
Serial Number:
Last Updated 12/5/2005 12:00:00 AM

Fellow OWWMer Dave Galas and I made the journey from Eugene, OR to Sacramento, CA in about 8 hours to pick up this bandsaw. It is the largest of the Y line bandsaws built by Yates American. At about 9'-6" tall and weighing in just over 2 tons, it is a monolith. One has to observe the castings up close in person to appreciate their size and mass. The machine is in very good condition with the exception of a good sized crack above the motor bay on the backside of the saw. With the amount of cast iron available around the damage, I plan to lock-n-stitch it back together. The original motor has been replaced with a newer, cheaper built 10hp unit on a really funky mounting platform with pillow blocks. I will find an old 10hp 600 RPM motor to return it to DMD status. With Yates' way of attaching wheels to the motor shaft using a tapered collet, nearly any motor of correct power and shaft dia. will work. The table is flawless with no holes drilled in the top. A couple of fins are busted out of the backside of the upper wheel guard, but that is very minor. The guy I bought it from is a buy-and-sell middleman. He hired a guy to give it a quickie paint job. Too bad there wasn't a bit more time spent on prep, as he actually did a fair job. I'll probably leave it as is.

After careful measuring, the saw will fit in my shop with skylight in is current location. It will be dismantled and moved in in pieces, rather than set in by crane as the Oliver was.

The saw appears to be able to do about 24" under the guide with the stock guides. These will be replaced with Wright guides and resaw capacity should improve to about 26". The bearings and massive wheels appear in top condition, brake is complete and in place. Electrics appear OK. The guide elevating sash block and metal tape are in place and functional. My Oliver 116D bandsaw does an admirable job at resawing wide hardwoods. This saw will make it seem like child's play...

Special thanks to OWWMer Doug Westlind who assisted me in the purchasing of this saw. I will post more pictures of it in place and running.

Photo 1:

Comments: Moving the saw to position to lift onto my trailer. Theguys running the forklifts were amateurs, but very slow and careful.
Source: Dave Galas digital camera
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Comments: we had to stop for a very important errand on the way home!
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Comments: Home safe. This one is too big for the oak tree!
Source: My digital camera
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