Gil-Bilt 18" Band Saw build #3: Drive Shaft Assembly

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 08-16-2016 03:02 PM 2068 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I fabricated the bearing support beam by laminating three pieces of 1/2” plywood and trimming it to 1 1/2” x 9×21 1/8” dimensions. I then drilled 11/32” holes in two edges to mate with holes in right and left ends of the carcass. The kit included four special half round washers to hold the bolts. The beam has the ability to be adjusted forward; the purpose is to tilt the lower wheel downward to off-set the tendency of the wheel to be lifted up by blade tension. Next I installed bearing blocks on the 3/4” drive shaft and bolted it to the beam. I positioned the shaft in the middle of the beam. Here’s the final product:

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

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#1 posted 08-16-2016 05:47 PM

Sounds like a fun project. Be sure to let us know how it turns out and especially how it works as a saw. Were guides supplied with the kit? Since this is an 18” saw, I think you will need a bit more HP than 1/2; more like 1 HP, but that can come later.

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#2 posted 08-16-2016 06:34 PM

It’s been fun so far. Guides were part of the kit and I’ll install them later. Gilliom recommends a 1/2hp motor, but this is their advice:

“The No. 451 Gil-Bilt 18 inch Bandsaw, designed primarily for home workshops, is classified for light to medium duty only. Due to the limitation of the wood construction and other design features, this machine should not be used with motors larger than 3/4 hp or blades wider than 1/2 inch.”

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

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