Band Saw Rebuild

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Project by kizerpea posted 12-05-2011 07:59 AM 8460 views 9 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Circa 1897 Frank h clements 36 in bandsaw


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#1 posted 12-05-2011 08:07 AM

That is AWESOME!!! It looks beautiful!!! what powers it and how long of a blade does it take?

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 08:47 AM

COOL TOOL. I love it. I was hankering for one of those but the prices have gone out of control. How hard were parts to find? Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#3 posted 12-05-2011 09:29 AM

This thing is a beauty and a delight to look at! Judging from photos, you did an awesome work restoring it. The only thing I would do (if I was actually using it, that is)—add some sort of a guard for the blade. The looks will suffer, sure, but the thought of an open blade breaking at full speed makes me cringe…

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 12:33 PM

Must say I have never seen anything like that ever. Looks a little dangerous.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 03:17 PM

awesome work you have done with her :-)
I second Froggy you have to think safty and add some inclosyer to the saw
and some blade guides
I´ll bett she will serve you well after you have brought her back to life

take caee

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#6 posted 12-05-2011 03:17 PM

paid 300 bucks for the saw. had carter custom make new all ball bearing guides an new rubber $750 blade 229in long. powered by a 5hp..a little over kill but i had the motor. working on the guard now using allum. top wheel is made of wood….yep had to make it to times to get it right. sweet runing mechine.


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#7 posted 12-05-2011 03:18 PM

I’m a safety professional with 30+ years in the field. From that standpoint, this big boy’s a scary thing! I have to admit, I would not turn it on without some serious guarding (pinch points, rotating shafts and spokes and blade), as others have already mentioned. It’s a stark reminder of the importance of machine guarding, safe work practices and the responsibility we all share in working safely – whether we’re in the workplace or in our personal workshops at home.

With that said, it IS a beautiful machine – a work of art, in my eyes! And you’ve done an incredible job of restoring it. It’s worthy of being in a museum but, again, I fear for the operator’s safety if it’s used as it is. I say this with the experience of having had a thumb reattached following an injury on my table saw over 23 years ago.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Bob, Atlanta

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#8 posted 12-05-2011 03:36 PM

sorry its a 34 in. an yes safety first.only used it a time or to..untill i get a guard next post will be a diy cyclone collector..


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#9 posted 12-05-2011 03:46 PM

What a beast! Were those the original colors or something you came up with?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 12-05-2011 03:47 PM

What a great find and job restoring it. 5 HP to boot nice. I would think thats would be a good size motor for that size of wheels. No matter great work and enjoy look fwd to seeing mre.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 12-05-2011 03:55 PM

Very nice restoration. In it’s day, I’ll bet it was used without a guard just like all the overhead belt driven machines. They are scary to be around especially with loose clothing. In the old days they had some accidents but the workers had more respect for machines and what they could do to you than they do today. I know it will look different with guards on the wheels but I’ll bet you’ll do a super job to make them fit in with the machine!!
Thanks for sharing…..............Jim

ps..I was just thinking about the size of resawing you can do with a machine like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 12-05-2011 03:56 PM

Reminds me a lot of the 36” that I had in my shipyard. It was a Crescent. I had a 7 1/2 Hp three phase motor on it and you could cut anything. There’s a glimpse of it here:

Great score and great restore, especially the top wheel.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 12-05-2011 04:29 PM

Very cool!

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#14 posted 12-05-2011 04:39 PM

You’re making me look bad. I have a half done 36” saw. I started a blog about it . I probably will put some sort of guard but part of me thinks all these ” safe ” machines give people a false sense of security and dumb operators down.

-- Jeff,

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#15 posted 12-05-2011 05:29 PM

Awesome but scary without guards. Great restore!!

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