Restored 1905 Meat Saw

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Project by Mike Shea posted 12-01-2007 04:00 AM 2541 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sirloin cutting monster is on its way to becoming a much needed tool in my shop, with a 2 inch blade, a 16 1/2 inch resaw capacity and a 16 inch throat this saw had all the things that made restoring it worth while. this is the saw i was talking about in the forums. well heres a picture of it. new bearings, fresh paint job, and all sandblasted parts its almost ready,i need to weld on a lower bearing guide. and put the table back on. the motor on this thing is damn near the size of a V6 engine but is only 1 horse, haha, and if you look the wheels and the infeed is on the right side rather than the left like on most traditional band saws. from what i hear that is the norm for meat cutting saws. anyways theyr’s the pic i said i would put up. if thiere is any suggestions let me know.

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#1 posted 12-01-2007 04:26 AM

How well does it resaw, could it handle exotic hardwoods like purpleheart ? I’ve been watching a few meat saws on an online auction , would you recomend my purchasing one for hardwoods ?

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#2 posted 12-01-2007 04:30 AM

oh for sure. i was skeptical of restoring it when i had found out it was a meat saw but after talking to several people who own one for woodworking i was convinced it was woth it, they typicaly have everything and more than most saws, theyre bigger than anything you have ever seen also, mine ways 2 tons, haha.

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#3 posted 12-01-2007 04:31 AM

Innovative… like your work. Good stuff.

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#4 posted 12-01-2007 04:34 AM

I don’t have the room for it but there is a guy close to me that sells refurbished old BIG iron on craigslist.
He has a 5 HP, 36” American bandsaw for sale for $750

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#5 posted 12-01-2007 04:42 AM

you may have a real find. i was wondering what the blade speed is? do you really need a 2 in. blade, could be really expensive buying new blades. i use timberwolf blades on my 14 in bandsaw to rip and resaw. they are the best cutting and longest lasting blades i have used.
great job restoring the saw.

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#6 posted 12-01-2007 07:59 PM

wow…just talked about the book: ‘The Jungle” which discussed the meatpakcing industry at the time of the century…very cool project mike…

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#7 posted 12-01-2007 10:44 PM

Great looking at it Mike. Since you are welding on blade guides would it be possible to turn it around so the blade is used like a regular bandsaw.

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#8 posted 12-01-2007 11:25 PM

WHat a beast of a saw. You’re right . . . the motor is H U G E

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#9 posted 12-03-2007 11:33 PM

What a little ripper of a saw that is Mike.

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#10 posted 10-24-2008 04:01 PM

Hello , this just came up on the roll the dice feature …did you ever finish this project and do you have any pictures of the completed saw ? How well does it cut wood ?

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#11 posted 10-28-2008 08:12 PM

yea ill have to get some photos of the restoration. i painted it, cleaned all the rusted cast iron surfaces. lubricated bearings and moving parts. replaced the tires. and blade. i made a table and it cuts like a champion. i use it all the time to resaw stock and cut veneer. thats the saw that cut every peice on my most recent project. the maloof inspired rocker. so yea its been a great saw. the motor is the only thing that sucks. its old, heavy, and slow.

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