Cleaning up old smiley face. (band saw)

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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 03-12-2014 07:18 PM 1284 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2014 07:18 PM

Some of you may remember the topic and posted about the Delta band saw with the smiley face that I got from a posting on Craig’s list.

It did not come with a stand but I have found one at Harbor Freight and it will work out great for this saw with the motor under the saw on a bottom shelf.

I am going to be stating some clean up on the saw shortly. I am going to remove the top. I can figure out how to remove that just by looking at it. (six bolts) What I really want to get at is the things under the table. The lower roller bearing is pretty much seized up. The cool blocks need to be replaced and I have those. Picked them up from Woodcraft along with a new blade.

Can these bearings be cleaned up and reused? Where might I find new ones if they can’t be cleaned. I have new tires and will be replacing those too. Wire brushing and sanding will be last before a couple coats of paint and a shop made plywood cover like this for the lower wheel with dust collector provisions. Anyother clean up hints appreciated.


-- Charlie75, Alto

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#1 posted 03-12-2014 07:58 PM

Charlie, I wouldn’t attempt to refurb the bearings. I’d just replace them with these

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 03-12-2014 11:41 PM

Thanks Todd. I didn’t know you could get new ones. That will save me some work.


-- Charlie75, Alto

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#3 posted 03-12-2014 11:47 PM

Since you got such a good deal on the bandsaw, I’d go for the carter system Amazon. Might also check the tires and maybe replace those too while you’re at it. I also added a safety switch to my old bandsaw where the upper frame joins the lower frame. You can see it in my post.

If there is any rust to get rid of, I’d try evapo-rust which is found in most automotive stores. Read about it on the internet. Good Stuff.

Might also want to put some all swivel locking casters on the cabinet.

After you get it all cleaned up, might want to make an auxiliary table top to increase the size of the work area. I like the one I added to mine.

If you don’t have the throat plate, you should be able to get replacements from Woodcraft or Rockler or on-line.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 12:07 AM

The bearings should be sealed, so you can’t clean them. Just get new ones that are sealed and shielded.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 12:53 AM

Nice post tyvekboy. I do have new tires for the wheels. There is one thing that does not show and that is the mismatched wheels. The PO replaced one of the wheels for some reason. I don’t know if I will go to the trouble of finding a new wheel or not. That is something I can do later if I want.

The throat plate Woodcraft does have. I am a little hesitant to use the one that is on there web site. It’s a 0 clearance thing. Seems like that might cause a thick cut to load up with saw dust. Guess I could drill holes in it though.

I do have to put a switch on it. Every once in awhile Woodcraft or Rockler have those on sale. I am in no hurry right now because I have the cleaning and painting to do first.

I probably will put an auxiliary top on it. The facotry top is quite small.

Probably I will go with the cool blocks for right now but may eventurally go the the Carter system. I might add that I am fortunate in that we live near to home of Carter products. They are located in Grand Rapids, MI about 12 miles from where I am.

Thanks for your post. I am going to look at your saw.


-- Charlie75, Alto

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#6 posted 03-13-2014 12:54 AM

bondogaposis, A previous commenter pointed me in the direction of new bearings. Thanks for you comment.


-- Charlie75, Alto

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