Band saw rehab

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Project by Texasgaloot posted 10-13-2008 10:00 PM 4147 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s funny how sometimes the things you really need actually do fall into your lap… sort of. I’ve never owned anything more than a 9” band saw, and apparently I’ve spent at least three decades making projects out of straight lumber, because I’ve gotten on without one. Now I have a commission that required cabriole-esque legs, hence the need for a band saw. In my research, I’ve discovered that several reliable sources indicate that one should purchase a band saw prior to purchasing any other stationary power tools… sigh…

A friend called recently and said, “Hey, I’ve got a dead band saw here. Do you want to try to fix it?” I hesitantly agreed to, not thinking I wanted to try to repair a trashed-out ancient 9” Craftsman saw. Turns out it is an old saw, but… it’s a Powermatic 043. Cord was cut, no tires, guides frozen, and it was missing a few small parts such as the table and trunions (photo 1.) $8.95 power cord at Lowes, $3.00 in hardware, some 3-in-1 oil for the guides, and some spare ply… It works, but it’s not fancy. In the future (when things get calmer) I’ll add some red oak banding around the table, round the corners, and fabricate a rip fence.

In the mean time, this tool is acceptable for me to own as a Galoot on the grounds that it was the perfect bottom-feeder acquisition.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 10-13-2008 10:53 PM

It doesn’t always have to be fancy to be functional. You’ve got one great friend there also.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 11:01 PM

I think this is a great idea well done sir and have fun fun funlol Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 10-13-2008 11:08 PM

I wish I could find all my tools that way. Saves a lot of cash and when you are finish, you really know the tool.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#4 posted 10-13-2008 11:14 PM

What a great deal!! Nice find and I like the oversize table; that will definitely come in handy :)

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 10-14-2008 01:10 AM

Very nice find, congratulations on your saw!

-- -=Den

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#6 posted 10-14-2008 03:11 AM

Good job on this one.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 10-14-2008 06:36 PM

Hi Tex;

All I can think of to say is: JACKPOT!

That’s a great bit of luck there, and an excellent piece of equipment.

If you need any help with tuning it up, Mark Duginski has a video out: “Mastering Woodworking Machines”.

I would highly recommend this video to everyone in woodworking. Not only does it take the mystery out of the major woodworking machines, it demonstrates what a master craftsmen can achieve using these machines.

Mark is very impressive, and has a personality just right for this type of video.

Here’s a link to where you can get it:


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 10-16-2008 04:32 AM

That sure is cool Tex,

How did you mount the table on there? I must admit that I don’t tilt mine much except when I’m aligning it for re-sawing. Then that little tilt thing comes in mighty handy.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#9 posted 10-16-2008 12:42 PM

Hey Scott—

I actually agonized over how to mount this, because all I was left with was a couple of tubes welded onto the machine which looked like they might accept bolts. Turns out the tube on the very right of the machine – just barely visible about 2” below the lower guide set, is intended for a 7/16” pivot bolt, and the short tube to the right of the guide set is threaded for a bolt to clamp the trunnions, so I just mounted some plywood with glue, screws, and reinforcing gussets just as if it were the original trunnions.

Waroland, an LJ from Tennessee, was very helpful to me because he sent me photos of his Powermatic—not exactly the same, but close enough for me to get the idea. And that’s why I love this community so much!

The table now has the ability to tilt, although I aligned the hole for the blade by eye and therefore it’s off a little bit, and combined with the fact the table is twice as thick as the metal one limits it’s tilt. I don’t anticipate tilting it much, however, except perhaps in the situation you’ve mentioned.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#10 posted 10-16-2008 02:50 PM

Rats! I was waiting for the first installment of “Water Powered Band Saw”

Nice. That saw will come in handy. Those metal tables with tilty trunions are overblown anyway.

Keep on galootin

-- Scott - Chico California

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#11 posted 10-17-2008 04:57 AM

Water powered band saw? Dang, I wish I would have thought of that. Oh yes—this is Texas. I wonder if there is such a thing as a dust-powered band saw?

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#12 posted 01-18-2009 04:57 AM

Did you need some pics of this model , I have the same exact saw . Let me know if you need any thing , also have the manual for it . BTW do know the length of the blade ?

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#13 posted 01-23-2009 04:23 AM

Hey Jerry, I am looking a buying a 043 also and can’t find much on the web about it. If you could send me your opinion of the saw and maybe some manual pages or specs I would appreciate it.

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#14 posted 01-30-2009 02:28 PM

Hey Jerry—Thanks for stopping by. I have a photocopy of a photocopy of about three pages worth of manual, perhaps yours is thicker than that? My plywood table is functional, but not the best. If you have a spare table/trunnion assembly, that might help <grin>!

BTW, How long is the blade?

Forwheeler—I think it’s a great saw, very usable and quite smooth running. As old as it is, I think it’s worth a small investment. Be advised, the Powermatics of the era did not use off-the-shelf blade lengths, but you can order them on the internet. If I were you, I would try VERY hard to find one with a fashionable plywood table. I hear they’re worth a whole lot more than just your standard saw.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#15 posted 01-30-2009 06:33 PM

Thanks Jerry and Texasgaloot for your opinions. I agree with the statement about old tools. I am finding out more and more that it is better to buy an old well made tool instead of a new piece of junk.

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