Band Saw tune up/rebuild. 1952 12" Craftsman, King Seeley

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Project by James Lango posted 01-25-2013 07:27 PM 7130 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I alway hated this old saw. I guess its not her fault, it was just never tuned up right or rested on a solid surface. Vibrated like hell, blade drift and always bogged down.

After pricing used 14” models, i decided to take a closer look at this one and see what could be done.

The base was made from scrap 3/4” ply. Motor is mounted on a HD door hinge and the weight keeps tension on belt. Guides were replaced, thrust bearings, belt, and pulleys. Took me a while to figure out how pulleys work (Thanks Rick M!)
Base is filled with 50lbs of play sand. Casters, old vaccum cord, some paint and i couldnt believe how nice it cuts! Very nice little saw. Its like brand new. :)

Just have to make a little door, and rivet the original name plates.

I searched for other posts of people that have buld similar designs. Posting this one to help the next person with ideas.

James Lango

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 07:59 PM

Sweet rebuild James…..Nice work sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 08:12 PM

Nice save on that saw.

Something else I noticed as I clicked thru your pictures was your verticle file cabinets. I was offered 12 of those about 8 years ago. Decided I’d probably never have a GOOD use for them so I passed on them because I didnt want to store them “just in case” I ever figured out a use. (I already have a shop full of “STUFF” that I store for “just in case” ...)

Looking at that bank of them in your shop, I wish I woulda took ‘em now :-)

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 08:49 PM

Its like brand new.

Looks like better than new to me!
Nice job on the fix up.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 10:57 AM

In another 50 years that thing might still be running! It’s a shame they don’t make em like that anymore…

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#5 posted 02-13-2013 08:42 PM

did you replace the lower drive bearings, I am having trouble finding them myself.

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