Rebuilding the Bear #1: Rebuilding 1986 Grizzly 18" Bandsaw

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Blog entry by Jon McGrath posted 12-19-2010 05:42 AM 1745 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tonight it begins, the journey of my first major tool rebuild. A very dear friend of mine has given me a Grizzly 18” Bandsaw. It was his neighbors who used it for cutting pipe – he got is around 5 years ago from another guy who was a woodworker who had not used the saw for at least 10 years. At this point my new old saw was a purchase – not knowing what the original owner paid, but starting with number 2 owner – $500.00 then on my friends neighbor for $300.00 and a set of used tires, to my friend for $200.00 and now finally to me for $0.00. Why such a deal?
Well to start – she looks pretty rough – pictures coming, I promise. Secondly it is a TANK, very heavy – he did not have any luck with it, thought it was a metal cutting saw, of course for woodworking it is much too fast and after smoothing 2 new metal cut blades – he is frustrated, wanted it out of his way – and again, we are very close friends, now that I am thinking about it for over 20 years… Time flies.

SO, I was able to track the actual model from a great guy at Grizzly tech support, seems the numbers even the color ( a very sad pale green) are prior to a merger then a hostile takeover at Grizzly, which at that time they ended this large of crescent type Bandsaw, changed their model number sequences, and paint color.

With new Model number, I was able to download a parts manual and owners manual from site – a HUGE advantage then some of those I have read about do this type of adventure on vintage power tools.

SO that is it, my first blog – which will be about my first major tool rebuild. A symphony of firsts, I HOPE not a comedy of errors, chucking a little.

Until next time…

-- Jon

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 06:24 AM

sounds like a worthy effort. i know you’re gonna have fun. post pics.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 12-20-2010 03:18 AM

we definitely want pics! Good Luck! I’m working on refurbishing my own grizzly at the moment, but it is slow going and not all that much work. Feel free to check it out on my blogs.

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 03:22 AM

Please hurry with the pix – this is quite an unusual saw/history and the restoration should be interesting.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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