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Forum topic by eknox1975 posted 09-14-2014 04:40 AM 1590 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2014 04:40 AM

Was driving to the store today and this was sitting on the side of the road waiting for the trash man. I hooked a motor up to it and it works awesome. It is hand made it looks like but after only haveing a bench size bandsaw this thing is great LMAO.

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 05:31 AM

Made from Gil-bilt plans. Gilliom mfg. is allegedly still
in business, though there is no website.

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 07:19 AM

Yes, it’s a Gil Bilt. I put one together years ago. I beefed up the main frame structure because there was too much flex in it. Though they have good capacity, they are a light duty saw. But to find one alongside the road? What the heck. Good deal, especially if you don’t have a BS.

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 01:18 PM

It always pays to drive a van or pickup on bulk trash day!

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#4 posted 09-14-2014 03:52 PM

Yes who had this one also beefed it up and put steel channel on the main frame to keep it from flexing.

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#5 posted 09-14-2014 06:15 PM

Amazing what some folks will throw away, isn’t it?

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#6 posted 09-14-2014 06:44 PM

Next time you go to the store let me know, I will scout the path for you. Make sure you don’t miss nothing.

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#7 posted 09-14-2014 08:22 PM

After Katrina, you wouldn’t believe the stuff that was sitting curbside for weeks on end; furniture, appliances. I didn’t see any power tools though. Most everything went to a landfill. I was able to salvage some good stuff from a landfill, my daughter-in-law was overseeing. Kitchen cabinets (no damage) by the hundreds, rotating laser level, trombone, Scotch, everything in perfect condition. Stores like Lowes and Home Depot dumped everything for insurance. I was able to get a dump truck load of kitchen cabinets diverted to my house instead of the landfill; somewhere around 100 cabinets. I had so many, that I had to burn a lot of them, but I used some and still have many left.

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#8 posted 09-14-2014 09:04 PM

My dad built one of those and my brother has it now. He never uses it and I’d like to get it from him.


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#9 posted 09-14-2014 10:06 PM

My first bandsaw was a gil bilt kit saw. It’s no beast by any means, but it did everything that I tried on it within reason. Mine was a loaner from a friend who relocated for work, then came back. I used the saw for a year and a half and then gave it back to him, no cost. Congrats. You can do a lot of stuff with that thing. I’m glad this thread came up. I always figured it was a kit, but never had much of an idea beyond that.

P.S. If your blade is vibrating, try evening out the tires with duct tape strips. My tires were off balance, presumably from years of tension on the blade without running the saw. Just put tape on the thin sides and off I went. Fixed about 80% of the wobble.

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#10 posted 09-15-2014 12:24 AM

I love finding stuff like that on the side of the road…if you see another one, let me know!! LOL

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