|Forum topic by JerryinCreek||posted 11-09-2015 06:26 PM||1422 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
11-09-2015 06:26 PM
Maybe I’m alone here, but why does it seem that the work lights on band saws are mounted on the wrong side of the machine? I haven’t been able to get a straight answer from anyone about this. But, I decided to make some modifications on my machine to make the light more useful.
First, I removed the factory goose-neck lamp along with it’s associated lamp cord. I set the lamp aside as I would use it in my new configuration. Then, I drilled a new mounting hole on the front, where I wanted to mount the new light. I also drilled an access hole on the opposite side (above the hole for the original lamp location) and through the partition in the middle of the column. This access hole would allow me to get a socket wrench through to the other side for tightening the nut on my new goose-neck.
The original goose-neck was flimsy and didn’t hold position very well. I searched for a good replacement and found one from Snakeclamp (SCP-GN24), (www.snakeclamp.com). This is a heavy-duty 24” chrome plated unit. I also ordered two male nipples so I could mount the goose-neck to my machine and a lamp on the end. (You will need to drill through the nipples as one end has a hex opening that will not allow passage of your wiring. It was very easy to drill these out).
I removed the machine’s on/off switch. I fished two strands of 18 gauge braided wire through the goose-neck and fastened it to the column with washers and a nut by going through the on/off switch hole. I won’t lie, this was not easy and a chimpanzee helper would have been a blessing! I purchased a new bulb socket as the original riveted the wires in place making it impossible to re-wire it.
I wired the new lamp directly to the on/off switch so I didn’t need a separate power cord (as the original machine had). Of course, if you’re running on 220v you will need the separate lamp cord. I covered the holes in the column using some rubber plugs I had.
Finally, instead of using a regular incandescent bulb, I bought a Feit 13.5 watt LED bulb that throws 800 lumens! And, as a bonus, it’s plastic – no glass to break!
I am really happy with this new set up. I can put the light right where I need it. The goose-neck is long enough to allow me to position the lamp over and above my high fence. Perfect for re-sawing!
-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."