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Furnitude

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1301 days ago

I have an old Craftsman bandsaw and the cast aluminum blade guide broke on me. I’ve searched high and low for a replacement, but unless I want to go super expensive, I’m out of luck. So I’m wondering if anyone has the ability to weld this back together for me. I would certainly pay you for your work. Do we have any welders in the house??
Thanks,
Mitch

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JuniorJoiner

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#1 posted 1301 days ago

I would look on owwm.org their boyd(bring out your dead) on the site has old machine parts all the time. many machines are scrapped and parted out, sacrifice a few to save a few. Also , sometimes a machinist will be tasked to make a new part, and they run off a few spares. worth a few minuites browsing to see if you can find one,things are usually fairly cheap.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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lilredweldingrod

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#2 posted 1301 days ago

Mitch, If you can’t find a replacement guide, any local welding shop with a heliarc set up should be able to repair this, IF it is pure aluminum. If it is “pot metal”, then you will need to find a specialty shop with an oven and special rod for this. I only have a mig setup for aluminum and it will not handle pot metal. Pot metal is a cheap mixture of aluminum and other various impurities. The impurities make this very difficult to find anyone with the experience and equipment to handle it.
If I can offer any other help please feel free to contact me. Rand

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Loren

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#3 posted 1301 days ago

If you want to do it in your own shop, you can fix this with a drill
press and some steel or brass rod. Drill two holes in each piece and
dowel it together with 2-part epoxy. J-B weld alone (a 2 part epoxy
available at auto parts stores) may suffice without the rods…

Busted bandsaws are frequently parted out on Ebay as well.

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greg48

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#4 posted 1301 days ago

Mitch, I have a Taiwanese knockoff of the Delta 14” bandsaw. The piece looks identical to the one I found a replacement for @ Jet’s website. Might give it a try.

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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