|Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster||posted 09-04-2014 10:26 PM||671 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
09-04-2014 10:26 PM
I was lucky to snag a 1965 Powermatic 81 20” bandsaw earlier this year. The thing is stout and has already done a lot of work for me. It is a little rough around the edges and I’m sure could really be hot rodded into a kicka$$ saw. I’d like to do it justice by tuning it up some so that it will really perform the way I know it can. I would say I am about average as far as power tool knowledge goes. I can clean stuff up, lubricate, make adjustments, wire motors, etc.
So here is some info about what is going on with the saw.
1. The wheels spin very smoothly, though I can hear the bearings? in there.
1. Do I need to mess with the bearings, or does this matter?
Blade is tensioned correctly, for the record. I use the saw for anything and everything, from curves in 1/2” thick material to resawing tall stock. As far as how much I want to invest, I wouldn’t have any problem putting $300 or $400 into the saw over time, though probably not all at once.
Let me know what ya think. Thanks
-- The Wood Is Your Oyster