Finally I wrap up assembly and modifications to the new Grizzly 19” bandsaw, here we go…
First modification replace the plastic hand wheels with cast iron hand wheels. I’m sure the stock hand wheels are fine but they seemed to flex and I just didn’t want plastic hand wheels. Here I’m cross drilling the new one for the set screw.
I had to bore it out to .400 as well.
This looks pretty good, did run into a problem though. See how the handle is recessed into the wheel well nobody seems to make a handle that fits this even Grizzly doesn’t offer one. I should have gone with hand wheels that have a surface mount handle. True Value hardware to the rescue, I found some ‘heavy duty’ steel bushing that were thick and chunky and used one for a spacer. Also re-used the original plastic handles. Oddly, the Grizzly plastic handle on the table tilt hand wheel is completely different from the plastic handles on the other two hand wheels.
Say they look pretty good!
Ahahaha bandsaw headers man! I wanted this to be rigid, that white pipe is smooth bore HDPE you can get it cheap at Home Depot. I had to peel off tool assembly for a couple days to finish a French drain project at the house and used a piece of left over pipe. It took a bit of head scratching to connect the two dust ports in a way that would flow well yet hug the saw and not stick out in my way.
Here’s a completed shot, really nice band saw I have already put it to use on my drain project cutting the 4” pipe.
Tomorrow I’ll get started on the new 12” table saw…hello beasty!
I have been spending so much time in the shop I decided to pipe in some music, check out this Sony blue tooth speaker and Ipod Nano combo, takes up almost no space on my bench and the sound quality is quite good.
See how flat it shoves right up against the back wall
Behold its Joe Banamassa