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Forum topic by Jenine posted 08-23-2015 03:33 AM 758 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2015 03:33 AM

Hey ya’ll!

I just replaced my super old bandsaw with a new Shop Fox (whoot!) and it really wouldn’t be nice of me to sell the old one…it’s such a mess, the wheels aren’t even ROUND anymore. It’s crazy.

Since I cant sell it, I’m stripping it for parts. I had a Kreg fence and Carter guides installed, and I’m taking off the dust port and hardware before I scrap the rest of the metal.

Then I’m left with a very good 1HP motor, pulleys and belt. It runs very well!

So, I want all of your fun ideas for putting it to good use. They don’t have to be limited to shop ideas, I also have a 5 year old who loves contraptions :)

Ok, GO!

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#1 posted 08-23-2015 08:53 AM

Mount MDF discs for a sharpening system? Karson’s idea, I believe.

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#2 posted 08-23-2015 11:36 AM

I recall a fella that hooked a motor like that up to a meat grinder. It worked really well. The only set back was scrapping the meat off the wall which was three feet away….LOL…..

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#3 posted 08-23-2015 12:04 PM

I made a polisher from a motor I had lying around. Bought the shaft adapter at a hardware store and added the breaker switch so in case I lean too hard into it.


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#4 posted 08-23-2015 01:14 PM

I’ve heard of people using sandpaper in place of bandsaw blade. The table could be turned into a drill press table.

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#5 posted 08-23-2015 01:44 PM

I am loving the polisher idea! Made me also wonder if I could turn it into a disc sander…like the sharpener idea, too. Maybe replaceable discs to do all three…

Bob! Omg, I almost spit my coffee out reading about the turbo meat grinder, lol!

I’ve seen the sandpaper in the bandsaw and I love that idea (Carter sells the sandpaper loops), but the saw is in no shape to hold a blade or sandpaper anymore. I’ve been compensating for the wheels being a full 1” out of coplaner alignment for years. Wasn’t working out anymore…broke 3 blades in a month :(

This is awesome :)

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#6 posted 08-24-2015 02:36 AM

Belt sander or 2×72 belt grinder.


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