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Forum topic by F250 posted 02-05-2019 07:25 PM 2028 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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F250

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02-05-2019 07:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I’ve seen several threads in here regarding the need for replacement trunnions on the Steel City Deluxe Bandsaw with the Granite Top. I’ve only seen them because I’m now in the same needy situation.

The trunnions from Hamilton Tool actually only fit the CI top, and do not fit the Granite top—that word is straight from the Hamilton Tools people and one user review which confirmed it.

It turns out that the OE replacements are actually still available from a Canadian Distributor (Nordis Machines) who represents Steel City. Send an email to [email protected], and they can arrange for your purchase. You can also send the email to [email protected], but that just gets forwarded to the other address. Their response time (to me) was within 4 hrs of sending the email message. Here’s the sad news, though… As of today (02/05/2019), the price is $32.89 EACH with shipping to Alabama being an additional $25.00, and the angle label is not available.

I know that some folk have made their own replacements from hardwood, but I do not want that. I called around a couple of local tool fab shops for a quick and dirty weld-up solution, but they are so busy they generally don’t even answer the phone. One guy had me text the pictures to him, but he never replied afterwards. I then considered just using my grinder and screws and bolts and epoxy to fab up my own from some flat bar, channel stock, and angle, but that seems like a frustration exercise, at best.

For now, I’ve ordered the set of trunnions from Hamilton Tool ($30 for the pair), as I suspect that I might be able to grind off the extension tips which are made to insert up into a cast iron top’s hollowed out regions. If that can work, I’ll just grind and shim as necessary and keep going. If not, I’ll consider getting the parts from SC’s Canadian source mentioned above.

Perhaps this will help someone else.

-- Pete -- Bark less, Wag more, and SHOW COMPASSION to everyone you meet.


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F250

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#1 posted 02-25-2019 11:09 PM

Hamilton Tools trunnions did not fit and could not be modified to work, so I ordered the OEM parts from Steel City supplier in Canada (Nordis Machine). The OEM trunnions arrived after about two weeks, and they fit perfectly! I took some extra time to free up a blade guide bearing which had become “stiff”, and readjust all of the alignments with a new 3/8” blade on the saw. She runs tight and quiet now.

-- Pete -- Bark less, Wag more, and SHOW COMPASSION to everyone you meet.

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#2 posted 02-25-2019 11:26 PM

Thanks for the information. Someday this may be very important to me.

-- socrbent Ohio

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F250

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#3 posted 02-26-2019 04:08 PM

My only complaint, if you can call it that, is that I ordered two trunnions, and they sent three. They did charge me for the third trunnion, and I don’t know if that was their own version of “imposed wisdom” for my situation, or if it was an accidental order entry error. I decided to take it as the former and keep the trunnion. If I end up selling the saw and upgrading, I’ll let the extra trunnion go with the saw for the future owner. Who knows… I might even dig into the metalworking arena and use the extra as a pattern to fab/weld my own “extras” out of steel.

-- Pete -- Bark less, Wag more, and SHOW COMPASSION to everyone you meet.

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#4 posted 08-20-2020 02:14 AM

Hi there Pete! If you still have the extra trunnion I will buy it from you. [email protected]
6092348608
Text message please

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