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Forum topic by JonnyNof posted 07-06-2020 11:28 AM 245 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2020 11:28 AM

I have an old Jim Vaughan meat saw from the previous 20s. It has a guide bar on it that has definitely been repaired a time or two.

I’m sure it did what it needed to for meat but 2” if deflection either way is probably not the best for wood.

I’ll have to grind the old bar holder off and weld something to fit whatever I use for a guide rod, I’m wondering though what would be good for it?

I was thinking extruded aluminum but was concerned that any bit of twist to it would make getting it parallel an absolute nightmare. Though if I mounted the guide blocks on a bracket attached to the bottom that could work.

Or would it just be best to go with tube since adjusting the parallel would be simpler, at least I think it would be.

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#1 posted 07-06-2020 12:41 PM

Is this what you’re working with?

If so it looks like a piece of flat bar is what they used originally? You can use whatever you can work with but I’d use solid bar not tube.

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#2 posted 07-07-2020 04:23 AM

Yep, pretty much that guy there. I still have the bar but it’s been broken, welded has several holes drilled through it where the guides broke off and they just mounted it in a slightly different location.

I wanted to use the huge clearance I have on it for resawing a bunch of black walnut and hard maple I have. So I was looking to get something rigid going on there.

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#3 posted 07-07-2020 04:44 AM

I wanted to use the huge clearance I have on it for resawing a bunch of black walnut and hard maple I have. So I was looking to get something rigid going on there.
- JonnyNof

Have you run the saw yet? Meat band saws typically run slow, like in the 1000 fpm range as opposed to 3500 fpm of a wood cutting saw. They also do not usually support a fence and use a sliding table instead. The tables themselves are not as robust stainless steel (or aluminium) which are prone to denting, and not easily tweaked into perpendicular, since meat don’t care if it’s not exactly 90 degrees.

I know a couple of people who have converted, or at least tried to convert old meat cutting band saws to use with wood. I’ll spare you the details, but the end results were generally selling the machine and buying one that was more suitable (ie: designed) for the task.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 07-07-2020 05:20 AM

Yeah this machine has been used as a wood cutting saw for decades. It’s running around 2800fpm off of a 1730 rpm.

Not the original motor

Gears are still strong no wear or slop in em.

The table itself while it had a skin on it for meat cutting is a cast iron frame with a wood table. It can be easily shimmed to be perpendicular with the blade.

I’m just looking for an alternative to the guide bar that has 2” of deflection and has been welded on so it already is a bit of a banana. The old guides had been repaired several times by someone who ought not to have been near a welder, so since I’m having to replace those I thought it may be a good opportunity to look at upgrading the rod as well.

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