I purchased Harbor Freight 14” bandsaw Model 32208 off craigslist after reading some reviews that with a few upgrades it can be made into a good machine and is similar to the Grizzly G0555 bandsaw.
Generally I tend to shy away from HF products but this model had good reviews and it was only $60 so I figure even if it doesn’t work for me, I can eventually turn it for a profit.
First up, the dirty:
Apparently the person was using this to cut wax, not sure if it was candles or whatever, but pretty much anywhere that would normally collect saw dust has tons of little bits of wax in just about every color you could imagine. So far I have had pretty good success using a blow torch on the metal areas and just letting it run off onto a drop cloth, but I don’t want to risk melting the tires or any wires etc. the wax is also on the pulleys and those are plastic and would melt. If I cant find a simple way to clean those I thin I might just take them to grainger and get new aluminum ones. So yeah, simple wax removal from a bandsaw? I’m stumped lol.
Next up, Restoration:
First order of business on this machine, is the complete lack of a left blade guard. It’s supposed to have one, but doesn’t. I’ve read that it shares a few parts with the grizzly G0555, grizzly carries a blade guard for theirs at a cost of $4.50 http://www.grizzly.com/parts/P0555065 anyone know if that will fit? if not I am just going to fabricate one out of sheet metal, I like my elbows, and I like them even more still attached to me.
After its all cleaned up I am going to strip it down to the bones and paint it then weld up reinforcements for its flimsy stand and do some other stuff to it like cool blocks and taking the play out of wobbly parts. hopefully after all is said and done I will have a decent bandsaw for about $120 or less.