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

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 08-13-2016 12:19 AM 3280 reads 2 times favorited 2 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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