Repurpose antique Atlas 912 band saw

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Forum topic by loiblb posted 08-15-2015 03:59 PM 902 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2015 03:59 PM

For some time now I have thought about bringing a 1” belt sander into the shop.

A friend found a late 1940’s or early 50’s 14” Delta band saw in very good shape. The 14” Delta is a dandy little saw and is being cleaned up and it looks like it will soon take over the duties of the very trust worthy little 12” Atlas 912.
I had an idea that instead of putting the little 12” out to pasture doing this. Fitting it with a 1” sanding belt.
I can order belts made to size to fit it in most any grit for not much money.

So, if this is possible the old 912 could still earn it’s keep and no need to retire it and no need to buy a new sanding machine.

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#1 posted 08-17-2015 02:12 AM

Seems like it should be possible. Most band saw speeds are a little high and don’t deliver enough torque for serious material removal, but it could make a great detail sander. Installing a larger driven pulley on the drive wheel arbor shaft along with a longer belt could drop speeds down to more reasonable fpm and offer a little more power if you’re looking for something capable of aggressive material removal.

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