Bandsaw Restoration #5: Starting Reassembly - Finally!

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Blog entry by Jimi_C posted 05-25-2010 09:07 AM 8011 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve still got some parts to paint (one more wheel, a wheel cover, and the lower guide assembly), but I started putting things back together tonight – mainly due to unease about how easy it was going to be to find the correct part/screw/whatever in the large ziplock back I’ve been using to hold all the small stuff. Overall, it’s been easier than I thought – there really wasn’t very much hardware to this machine.

And just so you don’t have to browse back, here’s a reminder of what it looked like when I got it:

All the hardware was polished up with a little sand paper to remove the rust/gunk that had built up as well.

I’ve got all the bearings I need as well, and as you can see from the above picture I finally triumphed over that damn stubborn one that refused to come off the top axle :D Now I just need to find someone with a shop press to help me get them all back on without ruining them… I plan on calling some auto parts places in the near future, once life settles back down to only medium-crazy.

Once all that’s done, I just need to order some new urethane wheels for it (the wheels have a built in crown, so no rubber tires needed here), and some new blades. I’m planning on going with Timberwolf, since they sell the right size tires I need (12” diameter x 1” wide) and everyone here raves about their blades – they seem to be at a great price point as well.

Thanks for looking as always!

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 09:27 AM

Looking real pretty… should be like a new one when you are finished..

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 05:22 PM

It’s looking great

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 07:53 PM

This is very inspirational. I’ve got a jointer restoration coming up. It is only about 16 yrs old but was stored in a shed with a dirt floor. your saw looks to be in similar shape to my jointer. I’m anxious to get it up and running. Keep up the good work. It looks great.

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#4 posted 09-10-2010 09:06 PM

OK, so now I’m inspired. I have a 12” Atlas 912 that my Grandfather bought new and gave to me just before he died in about 1986. As a college student at the time, I just didn’t have a place for it so it’s been in storage ever since.
I think mine is a little newer than the one shown here, but, not much. It is gray instead of green. Relatively good shape. Needs a good cleaning up, tire and blade, but, I might just do it up right with a complete rebuild as done here.
Thanks for the great inspiration.

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#5 posted 09-16-2010 02:38 AM

Yeah they switched to gray after Atlas bought them in ‘49 or so, so yours is probably from the early-mid 1950’s. Somewhere around that time, they took the Power King name off it and they were just called Atlas 912’s. If it’s original, it probably at least needs new bearings, depending on how much your grandfather abused it. The wheels on mine spun well, but when I took it apart I realized how beat up the bearings were – they barely spun freely on their own. Anyway, good luck :)

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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