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1950's 18" bandsaw

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by cleanheadsteve, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. cleanheadsteve

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    got off facebook marketplace for $250. cracked rubber tires, needs new blade, new guide blocks, new thrust bearings and i suspect original 1hp motor will be underpowered to resaw much but i have a 220v 3hp motor ready to install. [​IMG]


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    Use it for 100 years more!
     
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    Superb, I can see a few Nocasters being born on that!
     
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    Should come up nicely Steve. Do you know what length blade it uses? You might have to braze your own from blank stock if it's no longer made as a standard, but that's fairly easy as you probably already know!

    You have got some work coming up for yourself, but will be worth it in the end.

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  5. cleanheadsteve

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    136" blade. i've found some places online who have them and several places that dont. i dont know how to make my own. i can barely keep homemade sanding belts together : )


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    Nice find!
     
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    Blades shouldn't be an issue...reputable band sellers will weld to length so you don't need to be tied to something "off the shelf".

    That will be a nice machine once it's restored if the "bones" are solid which they likely are. A little TLC and some new or updated parts should have things working nicely in the end. For your tires, besure you know if they are flat or crowned so you get the correct replacements. Crowned tires track the blade in the middle; flat tires generally want you to have the teeth slightly off the edge. Many, but not all, larger saws use flat tires.
     
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    Well, I bought my first 3/4" resale blade. 136" beauty,,,except ,,,,, they sent me 138". Not enough adjustment to compensate for 2 whole inches,
    ... To be continued

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