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a number of years ago (maybe 15 – 16)

i knew a navajo man that supported his family
by cutting firewood for some of the indian ceremonies

he would get in his truck and go out into the washes and canyons
around gallup new mexico and adjoining arizona

and cut down dead cottonwood and oak trees
some up to 1’+ diameter trunks into logs around 5’ long
take them home and standing on them over a few cross logs
(for chain clearance) he ripped them with his chainsaw
into (i kid you not) 2”x2” firewood strips
and would sell a whole pick-up load for around $100

robert did me a few favors over the years
and when i saw this operation
i determined to get him some help
as he was now in his 70’s and still cutting wood this way

things were good for me then
i had a beautiful home and a 30’x60’ shop
and was doing fine (i even had a wife)

i bought him a 16” grizzly band saw
model g1073 and 6 – 1/2” blades for $900
a cast iron brute that could do the work he needed

to be able to re-saw those logs with
since he did have a home with power and a big ramada shed roof
to work under he was estatic when i brought it to him
all brand new and in boxes ready to asemble
which i would do when he had the time
to add a 220v line to his electric panel (10’ away)
so i could show him how to use it

he had come to my home at times for ceremonies
and seen how i used mine to do that
his jaw dropped watching how simple it really was
(this was freehand ripping not making wood lumber)

anyway as time went on

i lost my home /shop/wife
he passed on

when i called his wife to offer my condolences
she mentioned the band saw
still in the crates in the shed
said some had offered her $50 for it

i went and got it and gave her $200
and brought it back here to my then small beginner home
as my ‘living room’ was stuffed with all my own tools already
i had to leave it outside under a tarp

well the years took the tarp and any thing i used to cover it with
the boxes eventually rotted
and it sat for years in the weather rusting

when i built a covered deck
i did bring most of the parts under there
but the tool body sat where it was
and to my surprize one of the boxes was a 6” grizzly long bed jointer ?
someone a grizz must have added that by mistake to my order
so here is what i did with the jointer this is not an ad

since i now have a new shop with a sealed roof
i have started to load all the machinery there
and brought this band saw in too

what a friggin mess !
mouse houses and poop all thru-out
rust galore covered with cobwebs

as i had all the parts for it
i began to assemble the best i could
no manual or instructions survived the years
the plate on it was so faded i couldn’t even read what model it was

but i assembled the stand with logic
and having separated all the bagged screws/nuts/bolts and parts
counting bolts and holes for them got easier as i went along

got it on the stand loosely and as i had a rope pulley laying there
hooked it to a rafter and hoisted it upright

now for the hammer and some oil to get things loosened up some
to see if it might work at all
took most operating thing apart and oiled them and put them back on
the rubber tire was broken and lose on the bottom wheel
so i put some rubber glue on it and put it on again
but found that it had shortened up by about 1 1/2”
cutting a rubber inner tube into a 7/8” strip
and layering 3 pieces in the gap
i put a blade on it and spun the wheel a half turn and left it overnight
with the blade holding things tight as the glue dried

with the table and guide bearings on
and a 220v extension cord i made for temp use
i turned it on to see how it might work

the belt jumped of the pulley
so move the top and the motor bracket
and look down the belt till it looked right
tried again – IT WORKED !

so i cut a board to test it
and this with a rusty fine tooth blade
(at that time i didn’t know about re-saw blades)

my point in this post is that even without the manuals or fancy set-up tools
(that night i went out with an led flashlight and a magnifying glass
and got the model# and came in a googled grizzly manuals
got the right one now)

STOP/LOOK/LISTEN will do most of what you need

if something looks funny fix it
if it sounds funny check it out and fix it

you don’t need a starret $400 laser micro feeler guage
to set the tool to 1/1000”

common sense will help for most shop needs
and a good hammer

-- 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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Napaman

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#1 posted 24 days ago

Beautiful story! I think it is so cool that you bought him this gift…and then bought it back to help his wife. ..great save. Good lesson…I hope this tool brings many good years of service. I have this feeling this tool will be a part of ssome great gift or project!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 24 days ago

What a fantastic story of perseverance…. The saw’s that is!
What a fantastic story of determination… Yours!!
What a fantastic story of….
“What comes around…. Goes around!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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patron

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#3 posted 24 days ago

thanks matt

now have 2 16” bandsaws
will use this one for re-sawing
when i get some good blades for it
and build some kind of long table
to hold the logs
i have 2 – 8”x8’ and 2 – 4’ and 1 – 3’ ones
black walnut to plank out

never done that before

-- 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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patron

12952 posts in 1936 days


#4 posted 24 days ago

hey dad

thanks for all your encouragement
i will be gone all week end
so if you or someone else
wants to shine this saw up
while i’m gone

rest assured
the rust is all yours

-- 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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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 24 days ago

So….
What is the model number of this relic???

I would gladly shine up your saw….
However, I have a clean, tune and test scheduled for a Grizzly Bear Sander!!! ;^(

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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patron

12952 posts in 1936 days


#6 posted 24 days ago

it is a G1073
456lb’s
made in taiwan

lucked out finding the manual
as this was discontinued years ago

glad you got that sander down the stairs
looking forwards to seeing
what you use it for
besides washing the dinner plates

-- 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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 24 days ago

That is quite a story David. You surely have had a lot of adventures. Glad the saw is back to good health.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Woodwrecker

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#8 posted 24 days ago

Who knew that the saw would wind up where it is?
Funny where life takes us.
Good job David.

-- Having fun...Eric

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NormG

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#9 posted 24 days ago

Kindness comes back in the end

-- Norman

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KOVA

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#10 posted 24 days ago

ME ENCANTARÍA ESA BAND-SAW DAVID, PERO ESTOY
MUY LEJOS JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA
VISTE CÓMO TODO VUELVE, SOBRE TODO LAS
BUENAS ACCIONES?????
UN ABRAZO VIEJITO ;-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 24 days ago

Beautiful Story!

Thank you very much!

Cool way you got that BS moved & raised into place!

How many Jointers do you have now! :)

Very good!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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stefang

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#12 posted 24 days ago

Great story and a great save David. I hate to think about good tools going to waste through neglect and the same goes for people too. It seems you have a habit of making things better for both.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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degoose

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#13 posted 24 days ago

Good to see you keeping busy….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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CFrye

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#14 posted 24 days ago

Great story David! Must have broken your heart to watch it sit outside and rust away. Glad you were able to revive it!

-- God bless, Candy

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Monte Pittman

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#15 posted 23 days ago

Endever to persever.

you do very well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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