My new bandsaw, 36"

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Project by rustfever posted 01-19-2010 05:45 AM 5258 views 0 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 05:51 AM

That is one hell of a bandsaw, they sure don’t make them like that anymore!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 05:52 AM

Nice saw!! Im guessing 5hp 3ph? I am also thinking your age is off a little. After comparing to some of the yates saws on it looks closer to early 40’s.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 06:53 AM

Holy smokes—what a beast! Have fun!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 06:58 AM

You san saw some serious lumber with that monster. What do you plan on sawing with it?

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 07:19 AM

Greg, the obvious answer to that is “trees”. :D

-- 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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#6 posted 01-19-2010 07:26 AM

looks at his little 10” benchtop bandsaw
I has saw envy :(

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#7 posted 01-19-2010 07:27 AM

I am sooooo jealous…. Great purchase.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 01-19-2010 10:17 AM

Wow, that’s so cool – I didn’t know they even made them that big – it wouldn’t fit in my shop, that’s for sure!! Good buy!


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#9 posted 01-19-2010 12:05 PM

That is one bad mack daddy of a saw, congrats!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 01-19-2010 01:11 PM

I have a friend with a 36 and he uses a 5 hp honda lawnmower engine to run it… cuts blanks for turning…massive machine… his is nearly 10 feet tall…
Looks like a little TLC and you will be ripping telegraph poles into veneers… LOL

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#11 posted 01-19-2010 01:47 PM

What a find. What a lot of fun tearing it apart and cleaning it up. One thing, you will never wear it out.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 01-19-2010 02:31 PM

What a monster! Do you have your own warehouse there?

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#13 posted 01-19-2010 02:51 PM

That monster should be fun to get running. Do you think you can find (or fabricate) a 14” riser block for it? If so you could slab old growth tree trunks whole!
Nice score…please don’t tell us you got this for a handshake?

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#14 posted 01-19-2010 03:37 PM

Irv: A great looking bandsaw. nice catch. They don’t make them like that any more, at least in the price range of most hobbiest.

How wide a blade will it take?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 01-19-2010 03:48 PM

That is a awesome find !

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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