|Forum topic by splintergroup||posted 05-29-2016 01:35 PM||768 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
05-29-2016 01:35 PM
Well, not really a gloat in the sense of finding these sitting on the curb, but they do fill a ‘gap’ in my power tool army that will make life easer (eventually)! I bought these at auction so I assume I paid a fair price, no steals but a bit less than I had anticipated and much cheaper then new.
First up is my new bandsaw
Powermatic model 141 14”. The inspection sticker inside the top door says made in March of 1964 (Dang! Younger than I am!). This saw will sit beside (and slightly below) my MiniMax. I finally got tired of swapping blades between resawing and pattern/template cutting. The way I see it, this new saw can keep a small blade (3/8” or 1/4”) installed for everything I cut that has a curve. A second bandsaw is very handy and they don’t have a big footprint so they can hide in the corner.
The picture shows the saw about an hour after I decided to “inspect and clean” it, so the blade guide an other obviously missing parts really are all there.
I don’t have a clue as to what happened to the paint (the dark stuff is not blood). Anybody have suggestions as to a good, durable paint for a refinish (and a color name/number to match the original)? As I write this, I have already stripped the saw down to the small bits and have begun sanding and scraping the mess. I have some Variprime (zinc oxide) primer that should allow for a good base coat
The only signs of ‘problems’ are the tires are in rough shape (they are the originals) and the chrome plating on the upper guide bar is flaking off. The motor has been replaced with a 3/4 HP cooler motor (centrifugal switch start) which should be ok since there is no real load during startup. The power switch has been replaced with a light switch so I’ll need to find a proper replacement. It’ll need to fit into the saws switch box which appears to be the same size as a single-gang electrical switch box.
Any tips tricks on replacing tires? My MM has a groove that they just snap into, these appear to be glued (with what? weather strip adhesive?). Poly or rubber?
All the bearings sound/feel great except a few of the guide bearings are a bit sticky. Dust collection is also a needed mod.
Next on the list is a hefty 12” disc, 6” belt sander (Powermatic model 30).
This has an original 1.5HP motor. It needs some TLC to fix some dings and dust collection fittings added. This has been on the wish list as my only alternative is a small Delta combo sander (8” disc, 3” belt, universal motor, and lots of flexy parts.) The switch needs a replace, same specs as the bandsaw, and I need to find a few adjustment knobs that have gone missing.
The motor head in my blood says do a full-up restore on the bandsaw with new bearings and automotive paint, the sane part of me says get it back together and running before I start loosing the parts….