Anybody remember Gilliom power tool kits?

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Forum topic by runswithscissors posted 02-01-2013 09:32 PM 3615 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2013 09:32 PM

During the 50s and up into the 70s (not sure of years), a company called Gilliom sold kits for building power tools. They had a table saw, two bandsaws (12” and 18”), jointer, drum sander, and maybe others. I built the 18” bandsaw. It was just okay, but I had to beef up the backbone to give it some rigidity. I was able to use it for light resawing, plus the usual curved stuff. Blade alignment was problematic, and required a lot of fussing. I finally figured out that the lower wheel was the culprit, and a little tweaking improved it a lot. I also put speed reducing pulleys on it and, with a bimetal blade, was able to do some metal cutting with it.

I don’t know whether Gilliom still exists (doubt it), but I’d be curious to hear from other LJs who’ve have experience with Gilliom tools. An LJ on another thread built an impressive TS from a Gilliom kit, and posted quite a few photos of his project. Sorry, I lost the title of the thread, but it’s around here somewhere.

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#2 posted 09-30-2013 06:56 PM

Hi; seen several posts about how Gillion Mfg “used to” sell machine kits.
Gilliom MFG is alive and well. they stopped advertising about 12 years ago. you’ll have to ask them why.

Gilliom MFG
500 Boone’s Lick Road
PO Box 1018
St. Charles, MO 63302-1018
I just recently talked to him on the phone (today) about an order I placed last week.

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 08:39 PM

I built the 18” band saw. It’s useful but has some limitations due to the wooden spine.

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#4 posted 09-30-2013 08:41 PM

They are still around, and they will be happy to send you a catalog of the products they offer by snail mail. I have one on my nightstand!

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 01:43 AM

I keep my eyes out for them on Craigslist. One of these days there will be one for sale near my house… I’m sure of it… The one I found recently is over 1000 miles a way, but at least its priced right for someone…


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