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Horizontal Bandsaw Resurrection

Racey

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Picked this old Do-All up from my old neighbor years ago, and finally got around to rebuilding all the mechanical parts, all new bearings and blade guides, hydrualics, etc. Vise was non functional, etc so had to make a bunch of stuff from scratch.

New pump and coolant system needs to be installed and it's basically done.

Using a C-Clamp to cut the material for the new vise parts, & mist coolant to get by.
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Making lots of chips
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New Vise, screw, etc. All bronze bushed.
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I screwed up and ordered way to fine pitch of ACME thread so i ditched the hand wheel, i run the vise in with the battery impact instead for rapid travel 🤦‍♂️
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I'll do some further clean up now that i know this thing is fully functional and no major fixes to do.
 

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Badass!

Does this adjust control the drop rate?
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Yep, just a little brass needle valve. I robbed it off my old small horizontal saw that finally gave up. Works pretty well so just moved it over hoses and all.

This is also a nice little tool i made to accompany the saw, maybe someone can guess what it is used for.

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Is it some sort of clamping tool for blade maintenance and repair?
👌 brazing or welding fixture.

on these big 1" blades a scarf joint and some silver solder works amazingly well. you can also put a purge box below the opening and tig weld them.

I have a blade welder on my vertical, but it struggles with 3/4" blades and i'm afraid i'll kill the thing. Works great on 1/2" and below though.
 

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I am a little curious to see that in action.
 

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I am a little curious to see that in action.
I was cutting 10 pcs at a time of 1/4 x 2" flat bar steel, miter cuts. just mark em and slid em through, keep a clamp on the tailing end so they don't shift. 30 inches pieces and the biggest length discrepancy was maybe 20 thou. More than close enough for assembly and welding. Sure beats cutting them 1 by 1 when you gotta do 100 pieces.

Thing just burns through material without breaking a sweat.

I bought the saw for like 200 bucks probably 5 years ago and it has just been sitting, i wish i would have gotten it all dialed in a long time ago. 🤣
 

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Nice setup.
I had a saw that ran coolant on "flood" and would last forever cutting all day. Cleaning the chips was a hourly deal.
One thing we added was a 20' tray to collect the coolant from the back stock and return to tank, saved making a mess when cutting tubes at different lengths.
 
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