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…