Bandsaw upgrade....

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Blog entry by lilredweldingrod posted 10-21-2010 10:41 PM 9586 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well while I’m waiting to find the new shop, I ran into a problem with my 14 inch Rockwell band saw. 5 inch cedar bogged her down. The original 3/4 hp motor just doesn’t have the ponies to get-r-dun.I was at a yard sale the other day and bought an old air compressor. I had to change the pulley to the smallest one Applied Technologies had for the shaft size, 7/8 inch.
The new motor is a 2 hp 120/240v. This ought to make the old girl chew up anything I put to her. Both the old motor and the new one are 1750 rpm’s.
For all you LJ’s that need bearings for your equipment, Applied Technologies is nation wide and and beats the pants of the OEM’s on replacement bearing prices.
Well it is back to the band saw update. I’ll let you know how it comes out when I start the 12 foot 6×6 cedar beams out back.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 10:55 PM


That is a real UPDATE!

Maybe the Cedar was a little damp… which may cause a problem?

You might double check the blade alignment to be sure it a full 90* to the table from all angles.

Sounds like a SUPER upgrade if you can mount it OK, etc.

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 11:00 PM

Sounds like a good upgrade and should do the trick on those 6X6s.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-22-2010 01:10 AM

Take care Rand,
Cedar… I have seen in the stores here that the left overs were made as clothes hangers… That will be a lot. LOL. About the alignment, it maybe correct but vibrations are the worst thing. You can test dynamic balancing of the wheels … just rotate it (without blade) and if it stops on the same place then the wheel is heavy on the lower part where it stops.
God bless.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 10-22-2010 01:39 AM

good move there rand
that should make it purr

almost at you
see you soon

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 10-22-2010 02:29 AM

Ok, just wrapped her up. Nice and smooth, no vibrations, but its takes quiet a bit longer to run down after I stop her. Must mean good balance. When I got the old Rockwell motor out, it was a 1/2 hp. Just to small of a pony for what I am doing.
I’ve now got a 110v 1/4 hp, a 110/220v 1/2 hp and 2 110/220v 1 hp motors. May have to find a new homes for some of them. lol Getting motor poor.

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#6 posted 10-22-2010 07:07 PM

That’s quite a jump, Rand.


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#7 posted 10-22-2010 07:19 PM

Good upgrade, let us see some photos when your done.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 08:07 PM

It looks the same, just a blue motor under it rather than gray. BUT it sure doesn’t act the same. lol I’ll have to do it under project as I don’t know how to post a pic in a blog yet. I’ll make sure Daavid brings a full report with him. lol Good thing I have the carriage under it or the motor would not fit. The carriage raises the unit 1 inch and the capacitor cover clears the floor about 5/8 to 3/4 inch. Rand

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