Now that the temperatures are slowly but surely starting to climb again, I’m finally able to work in my garage again for more than 5 minutes. In addition to my table project, I’ve started working on restoring the Power King 912 in December.
I’ve been slowly but surely striping off pieces, but had run into a road block with the wheels… the bearings were stuck solid. Someone on LJ (Grizzman?) suggested I look into getting a gear puller, so Harbor Freight to the rescue!
After a little wrangling, I managed to pop the axle out of the top wheel, and popped both the bottom wheel and pulley wheel off the bottom axle. I think these might be the original bearings – they took some of the paint with them when they came off. When the top finally gave, it was after a LOT of cranking on the gear puller, and at first I was afraid I had cracked one of the cast iron spokes.
This is why I’m stripping it down piece by piece:
This band saw is 50+ years old, and it looks like it was never cleaned in all those years. Here’s all the pieces (minus the bottom wheel) laid out on my corner bench. All of them have had a good wipe down with WD40, though I’ll probably take a little soap and water to them:
I haven’t decided if I’m going to repaint it, though I’m definitely leaning towards it. There’s a bit of rust on the outside bottom under the pulley wheel (visible in the pic above), and the paint is a bit worn in some areas. If I do paint it, I’m not sure if I’ll keep it Power King green (I’m leaning towards good old black Rustoleum).
Beyond all this, here’s the last problem:
That bugger will not come off. I’m trying to be somewhat gentle with this, because I don’t want to crack anything. If I had another 1/8” I could use the gear puller on it, but there’s just a bit too little space to get the arms around it. Any suggestions?
I’m also not 100% sure how to get the bottom axle out, I’m going to have to look at the OWWM manual for this again to see how it all goes together. More likely than not, the two bottom bearings are frozen to the frame just as badly as the top ones were…
-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"