Hot Rodding a Harbor Freight Bandsaw.

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Blog series by dbhost updated 01-06-2012 07:20 PM 7 parts 63850 reads 56 comments total

Part 1: Background, and ideas.

10-16-2009 05:15 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

As you may or may not know I am in the process of hot rodding as it were, my Harbor Freight 32208 14” band saw. The work so far has been.. #1. Harbor Freight Universal Mobile Base. #2. Craftsman Professional Universal Band Saw Fence. (functional, but certainly NOT great, planning on picking up some small HF C clamps to help it out. The clamps this thing somes with are garbage.) #3. Harbor Freight riser block kit. Priceless add on for this saw. #4. Accura Micro Adjustable Roller Bea...

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Part 2: All the pieces parts for the tension assembly are in, almost...

10-21-2009 04:43 AM by dbhost | 23 comments »

My order from Grizzly is in, and like an idiot I was following the parts list from Grizzly. The parts list shows an INCORRECT number of the following part… 143, PB09M 1 Hex Bolt M8-1.25×20 The actual quantity should be 2. These are the bolts that hold the main assembly to the band saw frame… Fasteners wise, I was able to source everything from my local Ace Hardware store in their Hillman Fastener bins with no problem. Yes Metric is more expensive than SAE hardware, but si...

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Part 3: The tension release, tension spring, and cool blocks are on!

10-23-2009 03:15 AM by dbhost | 11 comments »

Okay boys and girls, the tension release, cool blocks, and Cobra Coil are done. All the pieces and parts required for the upgrade. The set of cool blocks in the OEM blade guide assemblies replaces the aftermarket Accura blade guide assemblies. The Accuras were nice, but were a pain to reset every time I swapped blades. The completed tension release assembly in the released position. The completed tension release assembly in the tensioned position. The tension release assembly w...

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Part 4: Dust port mods, mostly complete...

11-22-2009 05:08 AM by dbhost | 3 comments »

I know, I have been kind of quiet lately. Not that I haven’t had projects, but they haven’t been woodworking related for the last several weeks…. (Do you guys want to hear about me setting up a tuner with custom tune and cold air intake on my pickup?) There is one bit of woodworking that has gotten at least reasonably complete and tested. The band saw dust collection upgrade… You see the Harbor Freight band saws ship with, well nearly the same port that the Ridgi...

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Part 5: Carter Clean Sweep and MLCS Safety switch installed, mostly..

02-01-2011 06:00 AM by dbhost | 10 comments »

My MLCS Safety switch came in today, and mind you, the OEM switches on these band saws have been a point of contention, mostly due to location for me, since day one… So at the very least, I installed the switch mechanically, if not quite yet electrically… The electrical connections will have to wait, there isn’t enough cable attached to the motor to make the run out and back around to the upper post. Yes part of my reason for this install is to get the switch in roughly the ...

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Part 6: The MLCS Safety switch pics...

02-02-2011 03:44 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

I know, LJs LOVE photos, so here goes nuthin’ The MLCS Safety power tool switch mounted up to the upright post on the Central Machinery 14” 4 speed band saw… And the MLCS Router table switch mounted up to the BT’s wide table legs. This view REALLY shows how badly I need to redo the extension wing top… This was a learning experience top to say the least! I do have a plan for the redo though and it should go off a LOT better this time!

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Part 7: By popular request, the measurements!

01-06-2012 07:20 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

I have received several requests for the measurements on where to drill for the bolt holes. Now due to the lawsuit happy nature of the society we live in, a little disclaimer, a EULA of sorts. End User License Agreement for dbhosts advice. My advice is free, and worth every single penny you paid for it. I am merely telling you what I did that worked for me, in my individual experience. By your reading my entries, you accept full and unconditional responsibility for any and all consequence...

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