Gil-Bilt 18" Band Saw build #1: The kit

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 08-13-2016 12:19 AM 6035 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve always wanted a big band saw, but never wanted to spend a pile of $$$ for one. I’ve suffered with a C-man tilt head band saw for a couple of years and it’s simply terrible. I found a couple of threads regarding Gilliom Manufacturing, Inc., Gil-Bilt 18” band saws on this site and started looking for one on-line. The company has been making woodworking machine kits since the 1940s…and I believe they’re still in business.

After a lot of searching, I found a NOS kit from 1982 for $120…it was complete and in unopened condition; in the original boxes wrapped in the original newspaper. Everything means everything…down to hardware, tires, blade, etc. It even came with two sets of plans and other brochures. Also included is a speed reducing kit enabling the saw to cut steel. I salvaged the C-man band saw 1/2hp motor and threw the carcass to to curb. So my plan is to build this machine and document my efforts as I go. Here are initial photos of what I purchased:

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#1 posted 08-13-2016 06:24 AM

How fun…..

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#2 posted 09-11-2017 12:55 AM

i just acquired one these in bad condition and I am looking for a copy of the plans Any suggestions? I really want to re-build this

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#3 posted 08-18-2021 08:41 PM

Does anyone by chance know how I can get my hands on the plans for a Gillioms 18” Bandsaw?
I inherited my Dads that we built back in the 80s and the base of the cabinet is rotten pretty bad. I need to rebuild a few peices but they are in such bad shape that I can’t use them as a pattern or just measure and rebuild. Any help would be much appreciated. You can email me at [email protected]

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#4 posted 12-11-2021 12:14 AM

I have the 18ā€¯model. I acquired it from some guy who inherited it from an uncle. It was taken(torn) apart removing it from the basement. Would it be possible to share the section of plans concerning construction of the table. Mine works, but not well. I know I have got something screwed up. Thank you.

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#5 posted 12-15-2021 11:43 PM

I was receiving many of these requests so posted them on the website. Look under Gilliom publication reprints. Enjoy.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#6 posted 12-16-2021 12:18 AM

Mountainaxe: Thank you so much! I have been looking for years for this.

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