|Project by rustfever||posted 01-19-2010 05:45 AM||5069 views||0 times favorited||48 comments|
Well, I got it home. It is a late ‘50’s Yates American 36 bandsaw. And it is heavy. My 4000 lb capacity fork lift could handle it, but with little to spare.
I found this in a closed-up building that once housed a woodworking business. There were two 36” bandsaw and I arrange to purchse both. The problem…both are run on 3 phase electrical. I have 3 ph in my shop, so it is not a problem for me. My friend, however took the other. It has a belted motor. He will install a new single phase motor to run his.
The pluses are 35.5” clear horzontal width. !4” clear height. Rock solid cast iron frame and table. Table adjusts with rack-and-pinion type adjustment (see crank hanging below table. This unit uses 225” blades.
I know I have some cleaning and adjusting to do. But the rust is all light surface rust. I am sure just 6 or 8 heavy re-sawing only. I have a roller table for an off-feed. I need to get something for an in-feed table.hours is all it will take to dismantle, clean, lubricate, re-assemble, and adjust.
The electrical will be the only costly item. I am sure that will cost several hundreds of dollars MORE than I paid for the tool.
-- Rustfever, Central California